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Applied Evidence-Based Policing Practices: Homicide and Violent Crime Reduction

Applied Evidence-Based Policing Practices: Homicide and Violent Crime Reduction

Applied Evidence-Based Policing Practices: Homicide and Violent Crime Reduction

Length: 16 hours

Evidence-based policing practices (EBPP) hold important implications for modern policing, suggesting that organizational decision making and strategy implementation should be based upon scientific evidence about what works. The growing body of EBPP research should serve as a guide for implementation of new policing strategies, specifically those aimed at reducing homicide and violent crime in our nation’s communities.<?

Applied Evidence-Based Policing Practices: Homicide and Violent Crime Reduction (HVR) is a comprehensive training program which bridges the gap between research and practice for police managers and decision makers. It is designed to strengthen their capacity to effectively select and engage in evidence-based violence prevention strategies appropriate for their jurisdictions, dependent upon variables such as available resources (staffing, fiscal, time, etc.), community engagement and commitment levels, partnerships, and sustainability.

The 2-day course integrates theoretical and practical foundations of crime prevention, reduction, and deterrence, focusing on current evidence-based practices, ways to implement these practices, and how research can enhance existing practices. Participants will explore numerous examples and case studies and will be guided through the process of implementation at the local level. The program culminates with a workshop that provides participants an opportunity to develop a customized evidence-based crime reduction strategy that they can take back to their respective agencies. Participants should plan to bring and use a laptop with wireless Internet capabilities during this workshop.

Audience:

This course is ideal for law enforcement managers and decision makers, including but not limited to agency heads, directors, command staff, managers, and supervisors in agencies of all sizes.

Participant Feedback:

“Very informative, well-organized, and very thought-provoking.”

“One of the most useful courses I have taken in quite some time. I took a multitude of great ideas out of these two days from both the instructors and my fellow students.“

 

Ethical Decision Making (EDM Online)

Ethical Decision Making (EDM Online)

EDM Online

Ethical Decision Making: Policing with Principled Insight (EDM Online) is a thought-provoking eLearn course that explores the practice of decision making and the ethical principles that support effective policing. In one of its most impactful and rewarding endeavors to date, VCPI partnered with the USDOJ, COPS Office to create the Ethical Decision Making: Policing with Principled Insight program. As part of this larger initiative, EDM Online invites participants to join a 2500 year-old conversation on ethical decision making while exploring realistic, modern-day challenges faced by policing professionals. With public trust, integrity, and liability hinging on each and every decision, stressing police ethics as simply a means of discouraging bad behavior is wholly insufficient. Effective policing requires changing the concept of police ethics from merely an afterthought to a controlling insight that informs and guides police practitioners from an internal, personal capacity.

EDM Online is crafted as a concise and relevant course addressing the realities of policing in the 21st century. Designed with the practitioner in mind, EDM Online includes on-screen text, videos, and narration in a user-friendly eLearn environment that allows participants to start, stop, and resume the training based on their schedules. Although EDM Online requires a minimum of 2 hours of uninterrupted run-time, participants should expect to spend approximately 4 hours completing this dynamic and timely course.

Audience:

This course is ideal for all law enforcement and criminal justice professionals, as well as any community-policing stakeholders.

FranklinCovey’s Diversity-Centered Leadership for Law Enforcement

FranklinCovey’s Diversity-Centered Leadership for Law Enforcement

FranklinCovey’s Diversity-Centered Leadership for Law Enforcement

Length: 16 hours

Diversity training in many organizations is as much an effort to reduce legal exposure as it is to help people work better together. But to what end? While we might think we see the world as it is, we in fact perceive it the way we are. Imagine a law enforcement environment where professionals recognize the value of diversity and move beyond judgments and bias to become role models of cultural leadership and change. Embracing this concept is not only important to complying with the law, but essential for building a high performance agency.

FranklinCovey’s Diversity Centered Leadership for Law Enforcement Professionals workshop teaches individuals to expand their perspective of diversity and become diversity leaders for others. This two-day, facilitator-led program helps participants learn to manage an increasingly diverse workplace and customer base.

As a result of the training, participants will: understand the broad scope of diversity issues while being challenged to examine their personal behaviors and how these behaviors affect success; gain a willingness to accept and promote positive change; learn the importance of leading ethically and with moral courage; and apply a process for identifying and breaking through their personal barriers to diversity.

This workshop is presented under license from FranklinCovey®.

Audience:

This interactive program is ideal for all law enforcement professionals, regardless of rank or assignment.

Participant Feedback:

“Extremely dynamic and motivated presenter. Kept my attention 100% of the time both days. Great, great use of practical exercises and videos.”

“This class showed me why diversity is important, how to change, and gave me ideas on how to bring this line of thinking to my department.”

“I learned a lot these two days. I've had some training on this topic but this really hit home. A lot of real life examples, interactive discussions.”

FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits for Law Enforcement

FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits for Law Enforcement

FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits for Law Enforcement

Length: 24 hours

Law enforcement can be one of the most challenging, demanding, and rewarding professions. Each of our actions, right or wrong, effective or ineffective, ripple out, impacting not only our career, but our families and friends, our colleagues, our organizations, our community, and even the policing profession as a whole. Whether trying to change a community, an agency, a team, or yourself, effective changes happen one individual at a time; building from the inside out.

FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits for Law Enforcement is an intensive three-day opportunity for law enforcement officers to develop themselves from the inside out, design their own goals and directions, and develop the skills and perspectives they need to achieve them.

This course builds on the principles and practices included in Dr. Stephen Covey’s #1 best-selling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and inspires participants to practice applying the 7 habits throughout their personal and professional lives. 7 Habits for Law Enforcement is a three-day investment in developing more effective individuals, teams, and leaders, creating a foundation for organizational change and community impact, and ensuring the well-being of our law enforcement officers.

This workshop is presented under license from FranklinCovey®.

Audience:

This interactive program is ideal for all law enforcement professionals, regardless of rank or assignment.

Participant Feedback:

"This class was better than I anticipated and one of the best classes I have ever taken. It will help with my personal and professional development."

"Thought-provoking content that provided ideas about problem resolution. It also allows the student to explore themselves and help lay out plans to achieve their goals."

Mastering Performance Management, Supervision and Leadership Skills: A Four-Part Series

Mastering Performance Management, Supervision and Leadership Skills: A Four-Part Series

Mastering Performance Management, Supervision and Leadership Skills: A Four-Part Series

Mastering Performance Management, Supervision and Leadership Skills is a four-part, comprehensive seminar developed and presented by Bill Westfall, one of the most acclaimed law enforcement leadership instructors in the United States today. The series provides meaningful supervisory skills to public-safety professionals so that they can develop their people, as one leader stated so well, “Until they don’t need them anymore.”

Phase I: Leading One’s Self

Phase II: Leading Others

Phase III: The Leader as Coach

Phase IV: Leading the Organization

The success of any public safety agency depends on the quality and capacity of its leaders. This series of courses focuses on just that…the quality and capacity of the leader…as a communicator, trainer, developer of people, quality control inspector, risk manager, and so much more. Participating in these seminars can greatly enhance the supervisor’s ability to properly lead under any circumstances.

Phase I – Leading One’s Self

(3.5 days)

This course is designed to improve public-safety supervisors’ understanding of today’s leadership and management principles in the world in which they work. Participants will explore the elements of leadership, the differences between leadership and management and how to develop the skillsets to be successful in their own supervisory role. Utilizing the Leadership Test © and the DiSC ® as teachable tools, participants will be guided through a process of identifying and enhancing their own critical leadership skills.

Phase II – Leading Others

(3 days)

This course is designed to support first-line supervisors as they gain an understanding of the critical leadership skills dealing with relationships and team productivity. Participants will participate in discussions, activities, and case studies to explore the practical application of motivating, developing employee competence, setting goals, creating and implementing performance plans, and much more. The course incorporates content from the Ken Blanchard Company’s Situational Leadership II® model, which Bill Westfall, the course instructor, has been qualified to present to law enforcement personnel.

Phase III – The Leader as Coach

(2 days)

This course is designed to prepare public-safety supervisors, leaders and trainers to build and deliver procedure-based performance improvement programs that enhance individual effectiveness while maximizing training time and resources. Delivered in an intensive and interactive format, this course combines the most current understanding of how the adult brain learns, with how supervisors and instructors can improve the performance of those they lead. The content of this course builds specifically on the first two phases in the series, utilizing previously introduced tools including the DiSC® and Situational Leadership II® model, and assists an individual and an agency with implementing the Seven Layers of Success© and applying The Leadership Test©.

Phase IV – Leading the Organization

(2 days)

This course is designed to prepare public-safety supervisors to lead their organizations with a fundamental understanding of the dependent relationship between organizational liability management and quality supervision. Participants will discuss in depth how implementing simple, but well-written policies and procedures and contextual training on those policies and procedures can impact the success of the individual officer and the organization. This course utilizes and builds upon leadership concepts and tools introduced during the first three phases to focus not on frustrations which are often beyond our control, but on the positive aspects of managing and leading liability reduction in our organizations.

Audience:

This series is ideal for first-line and mid-level leaders and trainers within public safety organizations. Each course in the four-part series builds on the concepts covered in the previous sessions. Attendance in all four sessions is highly encouraged, but not required.

 

Participant Feedback:

“The best class I've attended in over 40 years of public safety training - 27 years as a professional firefighter and 18 years in law enforcement.”

“Instructor was amazing - his personal story itself is fascinating - the way he uses it in the training is awesome. Very nicely presented!”

Navigating the Leadership Challenge

Navigating the Leadership Challenge

Navigating the Leadership Challenge

Length: 8 hours

“There comes a time in every man’s life when he is called upon to do something very special; something for which he and only he has the capabilities, has the skills, and has the necessary training. What a pity if the moment would find him unprepared.” - Sir Winston Churchill

Navigating the Leadership Challenge (NLC) is not your typical leadership course. As you lead a police department through the industrial revolution, turn a failing business into a thriving enterprise as the rest of the country sinks into the Great Depression, and evacuate tens of thousands as a war violently comes to an end, you will gain the leadership skills and perspectives you need to navigate your way through your own, current-day leadership challenges. Navigating these challenges can be daunting, but with the right skills and framework, leaders can prepare for not just the day-to-day challenges associated with being a leader, but also for those moments that demand the most of our leadership abilities.

Are you prepared for those moments? Are you able to quickly shift your leadership style depending on the situation? Can you manage meaning in your communications when everyone else is looking to you for direction? When the obstacles and challenges are stacking up, are you overwhelmed or do you have the skills to turn those obstacles into opportunities? NLC can prepare you for all of this and more.

Perhaps most importantly, NLC provides leaders with a framework for making decisions in their leadership roles both on a daily basis and in critical events. Making a difficult decision doesn’t have to leave you second-guessing at two in the morning. NLC includes a self-directed decision making guideline for the worst critic of your decisions: yourself.

Audience:

Developing leadership skills is an ongoing learning process. This course is designed to launch life-long learning habits, the perspective necessary to extract leadership lessons from events all around us, and to trigger those applicable and personal “ah-ha” leadership moments in each of us, regardless of formal position or assignment.

Participant Feedback:

“I like the use of historical examples and how they relate to today's leadership challenges.”

“Having received very in depth leadership training prior to this class, I found the material to be new and interesting, from perspectives noted in sometimes obscure historical places. A very "out of the box" approach that provides useful and practical information to class participants.”

“A very interesting approach to leadership. Great attention paid to class dynamics by the instructors. Great leveraging of relationships by instructors to students. One of the best classes I have attended in a long time.”

 

Policing with Principled Insight: Ethical Decision Making

Policing with Principled Insight: Ethical Decision Making

Policing with Principled Insight: Ethical Decision Making

Length: 16 or 24 hours

In the policing profession, public trust, integrity, and liability are constantly on the line. Often the difference between effective community policing and the failure of an agency’s public-safety mission is determined by the decisions of individual officers. With so much at stake, effective policing requires changing the concept of police ethics from an after-thought to a controlling insight that informs and guides police practitioners. The Policing with Principled Insight: Ethical Decision Making (PPI:EDM) program helps policing professionals make this shift. PPI:EDM is a training program that equips officers of all ranks and assignments with the skills, processes, and controlling insights that encourage ethically sound and principle-based decision making.

PPI:EDM explores police ethics, the development of moral reasoning and the science of decision making in today’s complicated world of policing. As part of the program, officers create their own Police Ethical Navigator (PEN) that serves as a unique take-home tool that helps integrate ethical decision making into officers’ everyday roles and responsibilities, in routine and crisis situations, and when no one else is watching.

This course can also be offered in a 3-day Instructor Development Program format, upon request.

Audience:

This program is geared towards law enforcement practitioners, criminal justice and public-safety professionals, and appropriate stakeholders.

Feedback:

“Provided new methods to identify ways to both keep myself centered on my ethics and ability to bring troops in line.”

“In 25 plus years of law enforcement (military-10; civilian-15) this was one of the most thought provoking courses I've ever taken!”

“Excellent course; well instructed; great insight and great information to build forward on."

Practical Issues for Police Supervisors

Practical Issues for Police Supervisors

Practical Issues for Police Supervisors

Length: 16 or 24 hours

The role of a police supervisor is a challenging one. Each day on the job can bring a new set of problems and obstacles to overcome. As a supervisor you must be prepared to provide answers and guidance to your personnel, no matter what the circumstances.

Imagine……

One of the officers in your unit is responding to a domestic violence call at the home of a prominent public figure and finds the residence locked. The officer calls you, as her supervisor, for advice as to what she can do…

or

You are working the midnight shift as the highest ranking officer on the street. An officer is involved in a car accident that might be his fault and a citizen is injured. The media is calling you for a statement…

Are you prepared?

This interactive course, offered in two-day or three-day formats, builds individual leadership skills and personal confidence through understanding the practical aspects of many critical topics supervisors need to know, including these and many more:

 

  • legal issues like the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), workplace searches, freedom of speech and civil liability concerns;
  • operational issues like workforce allocation, crime analysis, use of force, media relations, and internal and criminal investigations; and
  • organizational issues like institutionalizing community policing, navigating political ”hot button” issues, crisis management, and valuing diversity, ethics, community engagement and communication.

The format of this course is designed for adult learners, to encourage and facilitate conversation among peers. It can be tailored, upon request, to address specific problems that you may be facing in your jurisdiction.

Audience:

This interactive program is ideal for both new and veteran, first-line to mid-level law enforcement supervisors.

 

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