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First Responder in Active Shooter Situation
One of the hottest topics for law enforcement continues to be the patrol officer's response to an active shooter situation. Now whether it is school violence, a domestic dispute or even a sniper situation, your response to an active shooter makes all the difference in the outcome of that situation.
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Legal Update: Florida v. J.L.
This Legal Update discusses the 2000 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Florida v. J.L.. The Court ruled that an anonymous tip indicating a person is carrying a gun is not sufficient reason to justify a stop and frisk.
TSRP: Discrimination Facts
Studies confirm that the illegal practice of discriminatory profiling sometimes plays a role in traffic stops. When officers conduct improper traffic stops, as with discriminatory profiling, the community as a whole is not served. By learning and practicing the proper ways to effect traffic stops, officers will ensure fair and legal practice while they protect and serve the public interest.
TSRP: Legal Seizures
Traffic stops are among the most common interactions between the public and the police. Unfair and illegal practices such as discriminatory profiling can have a major negative impact on the public perception of law enforcement. This series of programs will examine the practice of racial profiling as it relates to traffic stops. Part 2 of 6, this program will define legal seizures, the third type of police citizen contact. We will take an in depth look at the requirements of formal arrest, the invocation of the 4th amendment and probable cause. Constitutional and case laws that impact how search and seizures are conducted will also be discussed.
TSRP: Officer-Motorist Interaction
Traffic stops are among the most common interactions between the public and the police. Unfair and illegal practices such as discriminatory profiling can have a major negative impact on the public perception of law enforcement. This series of examines the practice of racial profiling as it relates to traffic stops. Part 4 of 6 discusses the constitutional and citizen rights that should be considered when officers conduct traffic stops, including a citizen's reasonable expectation of privacy and equal protection under the law. Significant court cases and decisions that affect the policies and procedures of traffic stops are also explored. Traffic stops are among the most common interactions between the public and the police. Unfair and illegal rest of her life in prison had she not given birth to another son afflicted with a rare genetic disorder. practices such as discriminatory profiling can have a major negative impact on the public perceptions of law.
Crime Scene Investigation
Bloodstain Evidence in Shooting Scenes
This lesson presents the bloodstain evidence that can be found in shooting incidents. The impact of bullets and shot pellets with the human body results in a number of different possible patterns of bloodstains. The particular pattern produced depends on the type of projectile, the projectile velocity, the location of the impact on the body, and the body position before and after impact.
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis 1
This module looks at recent techniques in collecting and processing blood pattern evidence, and the use of these techniques to best conduct a criminal investigation.
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis 2
This lesson further develops the techniques for using bloodstain evidence to determine the positions of persons in crime scenes and the type of events involved. The relationship between points of convergence and points of origin for bloodstains associated with a certain dynamic is discussed. The use of " stringing " to locate points of origin for bloodstains is also presented.
Crime Scene Response
A conviction begins at the crime scene investigation. Part 1 of this series covers the responsibilities of the investigator upon arrival.
CSI: Bloodstain Evidence Documentation
This lesson presents the methods available for Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) to enhance partial impressions in blood at crime scenes. By utilizing these methods, the investigator may be able to turn what appears to be an impression of little or no value into a potentially identifiable impression. These methods are applicable to all sorts of blood impressions, but are especially useful for fingerprint/ palm print and footwear impressions.
CSI: Elimination Impressions
Being able to produce test impressions of tires and footwear in a manner that ensures transfer of the maximum possible detail maximizes the potential for identification of evidence/impressions recovered at the scene. This course describes techniques for preparing test or elimination impressions of footwear and tires.
CSI: Enhance Partial Impressions in Blood
This lesson presents the methods available for Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) to enhance partial impressions in blood at crime scenes. By utilizing these methods, the investigator may be able to turn what appears to be an impression of little or no value into a potentially identifiable impression. These methods are applicable to all sorts of blood impressions, but are especially useful for fingerprint and footwear impressions.
CSI: Find Invisible Footprint Impressions 1
This lesson presents the techniques for recognizing, preserving and collecting footprint impressions at the crime scene that are not typically visible to the unaided eye. Ordinary crime scene equipment, such as a flashlight, is used to locate this evidence at the crime scene. Preservation and collection requires only limited need for specialized equipment beyond standard crime scene equipment.
CSI: Find Invisible Footprint Impressions 2
This program outlines current procedure for searching and seizing evidence from a single location crime scene. It covers search warrants for electronic evidence. It details recognition and specific identification of potential electronic evidence. It concludes with documentation, collection, preservation, transportation, and storage of seized evidence.
HS: Protection of Crime Scenes 1
This course provides a comprehensive overview of crime scene management. It describes the role and responsibilities of first responders to help to preserve both the crime scene and potential evidence when responding to an incident involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
HS: Protection of Crime Scenes 2
Part 2 of the course looks at steps you should take to actually preserve and protect a potential or actual crime scene. It also goes into dealing with potential witnesses at an incident scene.
HS: Scene Control Procs for WMD Incidents
This course provides an overview of the second and fourth steps of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Process. Specifically, you will learn how to determine threats that may jeopardize agency/community critical infrastructures (CI) and key assets. You also will learn how to assess risk.
Photographing and Casting Impression Evidence
This lesson presents the proper procedures for photographing and casting footwear and tire impression evidence at crime scenes. The proper documentation and collection of impression evidence is essential to laboratory comparison with suspects footwear and vehicle tires. Unless special care is taken to follow these procedures, the evidentiary value of crime scene impressions can be compromised.
Tire Tread and Tire Track Evidence
This lesson presents the various aspects of tire tread evidence and the deductions that can be made at the crime scene. Tire marks and impressions provide the investigator with a variety of information that is useful in determining the possible type of vehicle responsible as well as even allowing positive identification.
The AMBER Alert system is a nationwide system organized under state or regional plans for the purpose of assisting the recovery of abducted or endangered children. The role of the dispatcher is often critical in the quick deployment of personnel and, in some cases, in the actual entering of information into the system to initiate the AMBER Alert.
Dispatch - Vital Link 1: Suicide Calls
Handling a suicide call may be one of the most stressful jobs a dispatcher is called to do. The first show in this series targeted for telecommunicators examines common sense approaches to this most difficult of calls.
Dispatch - Vital Link 2: Violence Calls
When police are called to a domestic violence situation, it is rarely the first occurrence of violence in the home. The dynamics of the situation change constantly and a response to these types of calls requires a coordinated effort between telecommunicators and field responders.
Dispatch - Vital Link 3: Hostage Situations
You answer a call and the caller states he has taken hostages and the one-by-one elimination of the hostages will begin unless the hostage-taker's demands are met. What are your challenges in this critical event?
TTY: Call Recognition and Processing
Most calls into a dispatch center come from people using a standard telephone to verbally report an emergency but in some cases, a dispatcher will hear only tones in place of words. It may be because the caller is using a TTY--or text telephone--because he or she is unable to speak. Federal mandates and your desire to help people in need makes it critical for you to know how to properly answer these calls. This program explains some of the different devices used and how to properly communicate with TTY users in need of emergency help.
Child Abuse Incidents: Physical Abuse
Our series on responding to child abuse incidents takes a critical look at the investigation of SIDS and Shaken Baby Syndrome. Forensic collection and interview techniques will be presented.
The San Diego (CA) City Attorney's Office is one of the most progressive in prosecuting domestic violence cases. This course features the San Diego model and examines the signs of detecting one of the most common acts of violence in the home: strangulation.
Domestic Violence: Response
Orlando P.D. Sergeant Donna Rivera and LETN Director of Training Dave Smith team up to bring you life-saving information about the initial contact and response at the scene of a domestic violence.
DV, P3: Domestic Violence Court
Once a domestic violence offender has been arrested, their next stop is the domestic violence court. Here domestic violence offenders not only receive the punishment, but are also held to task for attending classes on how to keep their anger under control. Find out what happens after you make the arrest in the next Domestic Violence program from LETN.
DV, P4: Same Sex Violence
Responding to a disturbance call where the batterer and the victim are of the same sex can make it difficult to determine the primary aggressor. In Part 4 of this series we examine the methods that will help you properly identify the primary aggressor.
DV1: The Primary Aggressor
Responding to a domestic disturbance is one of the most common calls that patrol officers will have. The challenge can be identifying the primary aggressor. This program, produced in cooperation with the San Diego Attorney's Office, examines several steps that will help you determine who is the primary aggressor.
DV2: Interview Children of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence isn't limited to adults. Children are also psychological and physical victims. In this program, find out how to interview and deal with these very fragile eye and ear witnesses to this crime.
RC: Ethical Decision Making 1
Law enforcement is under constant scrutiny, and officers are expected to act in an ethical manner at all times. Ethical dilemmas arise throughout an officer's career; therefore, regular and intensive training must be carried out to provide the officer with a decision making framework. This program, part 1 of a two-part series, discusses ethics, integrity, and ethical decision-making frameworks. The negative effects brought about by unethical actions are discussed in the context of the officer, the department, and the officer's family. Part 2 of this series (EDA 057-0306) discusses ethical dilemmas and takes the learner through the ethical framework to aid in the decision-making process.
RC: Ethical Decision Making 2
Law enforcement is under constant scrutiny and officers are expected to act in an ethical manner at all times. Ethical dilemmas arise throughout an officer's career therefore regular and intensive training must be carried out to provide the officer with a decision making framework. This program, part 2 of a two-part series discusses ethical dilemmas and takes the learner through the ethical framework to aid in the decision making process. Part 1 (057-0206) discusses ethics, integrity, and ethical decision-making frameworks.
The gangs populating our cities today are very different than those of 10 years ago. Current trends in the United States include an influx of Hispanic membership, cross-country gang migration by region, and international ties to terrorism. Take a look at these issues and get an update on the current gangs and their identifiers, initiation rituals, and the growing problem of gangs within detention facilities.
Intelligence Led Policing: Fusion Centers
Fusion centers have become a vital component of intelligence-led policing. The post-9/11 local law enforcement community is being asked to not only continue its role in combating traditional crime but also simultaneously act as a proactive force in combating international terrorism. In serving their purpose, fusion centers collect and analyze large amounts of personal information, which escalates privacy concerns. This course presents the mission, scope, and sensitive issues of fusion centers in police agencies.
Interviews & Interrogations
II: Adults vs. Juveniles
Interviewing and interrogating a juvenile requires special considerations. There are legal requirements that must be observed as well as specific techniques that will help you get the most information from your suspect. This program looks at how you can effectively interview and interrogate a juvenile while staying within the boundaries of the law.
II: Getting the Confession
Conducting interviews and interrogations is the most time-consuming and difficult phase of an investigation. A successful interrogator must acquire and develop a wide range of skills: he has to become part confessor, part attorney and part psychologist and he has to know when to assume the role of each. This program looks at some of the techniques that will enable you to become a successful interrogator.
Interviewing people suspected of committing crimes is a critical and time-intensive activity for a police officer. An officer can ask good, relevant questions, but if he doesn't take time to listen and interpret the answers he won't be able to ask the right follow-up questions. Join us as we take an up close look at how you can develop the skills necessary to be an effective interviewer.
Legal Case studies
Legal Update 2005-2006
This course is designed to provide you with information on recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that will directly impact your daily operations. This information will allow you to conduct stops, searches, investigations, and arrests that will hold up in court and avoid civil liability.
Legal Update 2006-2007
This course is designed to provide you with current U.S. Supreme Court decisions that affect your daily operations and will allow you to provide effective service to the public. This will help ensure that your investigations and referrals for prosecution are valid and proper; and will help you avoid situations that might result in adverse civil liability findings. This update focuses on cases that have a direct impact on the day-to-day law enforcement function.
Legal Update: Atwater v. City of Lago Vista
A Texas woman was arrested for not wearing a safety belt and neither were her children. Lago Vista police arrested her for a Class C misdemeanor. Did they exceed their authority? Find out how the U.S. Supreme Court ruled and how this may affect future Class C arrests.
Legal Update: City of Indianapolis v. Edmond
In 2000, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of City of Indianapolis v. Edmond. In this case, the Court sought to answer the question, Are traffic checkpoints where motor vehicles are stopped without cause for the primary purpose of looking for evidence of criminal drug violations unlawful under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution? The court ruled that the Fourth Amendment does forbid such action. This Legal Update discusses the Edmond case and its impact on law enforcement.
Legal Update: Custodial Interrogations
In this Legal Update training module we discuss two new U.S. Supreme Court cases involving custodial interrogations, the Kaupp v. Texas case and the Chavez v. Martinez case.
Legal Update: Illinois v. McArthur
In the 2001 case of Illinois v. McArthur, the U.S. Supreme Court answered the question, Is it reasonable for the police to briefly seize a house and prevent unaccompanied entry into the house until a search warrant is obtained? Tune in to learn about the Court's decision.
Legal Update: Major Supreme Court Decisions
In 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down several decisions related to law enforcement. Is a suspect required to identify himself to an officer of the law? How have the search and seizure laws changed? This program examines some of these cases and how the rulings will affect you, the street officer.
Legal Update: United States v. Drayton
Police board a city bus for routine drug and weapon interdiction. As they move down the aisle, they tell people riding the bus that they are looking for drugs and weapons and ask commuters if they have any illegal items in their bags. Several passengers are asked if they can be searched; after their consent, cocaine was found and arrests were made. Do the police have to advise individuals of their right to refuse consent to a search? Find out in this compelling program.
Legal Update: Virginia v. Black
In April 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case of Virginia v. Black. In this case, the Court sought to answer the question, Does a state statute that bans cross burning with intent to intimidate violate the First Amendment right of freedom of expression? The Court ruled that such a statue is constitutional within the meaning of the First Amendment. Please join us as we review this case.
The Sullivan Case - Violent Abuse of a Child
They were called to a scene where a child had fallen down stairs. But what the New York State Police found was much more disturbing. What was revealed as they began questioning those present will stay in the minds of the investigators for the rest of their lives.
Drug Raid Planning
This course addresses the planning and execution of police operations commonly referred to as 'raids.' The tactics involved are generally used when officers need to quickly enter a building and take control of the people inside. Raids can be challenging and dangerous, and officers need a clear understanding of the fundamental concepts involved to conduct them in a safe and efficient manner.
Narcotics Investigation: Reversals 1
One of the tools at the disposal of the narcotics investigator is the reversal. Officer safety and dressing the part are an integral part of this undercover operation. Join us as we go along with the Elizabeth City (NC) P.D. on actual drug reversals.
Narcotics Investigation: Reversals 2
Undercover drug buys are some of the most dangerous operations officers conduct. Part 2 of this series follows the Elizabeth City (NC) Police Department to demonstrate effective techniques of conducting drug reversals.
RC: Booby Traps
The drug dealer wants to protect his drug lab against other drug dealers and against you. He'll rig it with devices that can seriously injure or kill the unwary. Booby traps have long been employed by human beings to protect their turf. Police officers need to have a general understanding of how booby traps are designed and employed so they can be aware and defend against them.
RC: Mobile Meth Labs
Methamphetamine production is all the rage and numerous states are enacting legislation to control precursors for making the drug. That may help in the long run, but today you face serious dangers when you come into contact with a meth lab. Dangerous and volatile chemical agents used in meth production can cause both short-term and long-term illness and injury. Learn how to minimize unnecessary risks when encountering a meth lab.
Behaviors That Can Cost You Your Life
Every day, police officers die in the line of duty. These incidents happen during crime incidents as well as during routine activities such as traffic stops, training and physical conditioning. This course identifies the most common of these incidents and outlines prevention techniques that can be employed to keep officers more safe on the job.
CD: Tactical Jaw and Limb Control
In the close quarters environment of a correctional facility, self-defense tactics are vitally important. If you are attacked you often have no place to retreat to await backup. This is the first of two programs in which Modern Warrior Police Defensive Tactics president Phil Messina introduces us to Tactical Jaw and Limb Control. In part one he shows how to end a physical confrontation quickly using physiokinetics and time framing.
Inside the Breach 2
The close-quarters environment represents any environment where the distances range from 30 feet to contact distance, essentially those distances where police officers are most likely to encounter a dangerous subject or become the victims of violent assault. A better understanding of these environments and solid base of techniques to manage them is critical to prevail in high-risk/high-demand situations that all too often claim the lives of the less prepared.
No Regard for Life 2: The Rolling Gun Battle
This course, the second of a two-part series, examines a dramatic event that unfolded in Tyler, Texas. A Texas State Trooper is gunned down on a traffic stop, and a rolling gun battle with automatic rifle fire ensues. In Part 1, Trooper Steve Stone took us through the events of that night and how he survived being shot point-blank in the chest. In Part 2, we ride with the Tyler police officers who pursued the gunmen through the streets of their city, even in the face of withering high-powered rifle fire.
Performing at your best, "at your peak", is critically important in life-threatening situations. In this program, Calibre Press Street Survival Instructor Mark Dunston guides you through a practical step-by-step process of achieving your peak performance. Addressing the body, the mind and the soul, he stresses the importance of power development training, visualization of threats, and values resolution to achieve peak performance.
Police Use of Force, Part 2
This program will identify how to make a proper restraint as well as medical issues and concerns resulting from police restraints. The issue of sudden death and a potentially deadly restraint scenario will also be discussed
Raging Subject: Techniques - Physical Control
The Use of Deadly Force is a topic widely discussed, but what happens when the suspect has begun to comply and deadly force is no longer needed? This program illustrates the dangers when de-escalation techniques are not a part of training. Lt. Dennis Smith demonstrates transition drills to stress de-escalation and shows us a scenario where officers must use these techniques.
RC: Armored and Dangerous
A criminal, endangering innocent lives by using an armored vehicle as a weapon, is a unique situation that law enforcement officers must be prepared to resolve. This course will examine different types of armored vehicles that may be encountered and emergency measures that may be employed to successfully resolve this type of situation. The use of personal body armor by criminals and the steps police officers can take to minimize the threat posed by these criminals will also be examined.
RC: Body Armor - Protecting the Protectors
This program discusses body armor and the reasons for wearing it beyond the obvious. How it works, how to inspect it, and proper fit of the vest are presented.
RC: Confined Area Survival Tactics 1
Phil Messina of Modern Warrior joins us to present a program in Confined Area Safety/Survival Tactics (CAST) that literally teaches you how to win a fight in a phone booth. In this first installment, we are presented with the science of influencing physical motion and high-risk physio-kinetics.
RC: Confrontational Handcuffing
Confrontational handcuffing is important for avoiding the pitfalls and inherent danger of handcuffing. In the last few years, actual incidents have occurred in which violent offenders allowed an officer to get one cuff on and then fought while the officer believed he or she had the situation controlled. Awareness of handcuff techniques will make officers less vulnerable.
RC: Off Hand/On Target
The non-dominant hand serves us well in support functions on the range and in the field. However, the dominant hand or arm may be shot or otherwise incapacitated and survival may depend on the developed skills of the non-dominant hand in un-holstering and firing. This lesson looks at the values of developing and strengthening the non-dominant hand in those skills.
RC: Off-Duty Survival
This course looks at officers' responses to off-duty situations. Decision-making process and appropriate response choices are explained for use when the officer has time to determine a course of action.
RC: Officer Dragged
Working close to motor vehicles every day can lead to complacency. Remember, you are dealing with a 3,000-pound weapon. The driver of that weapon can drag and seriously injure you simply by stepping on the gas. Hear from an officer who survived being dragged and learn how to avoid being dragged yourself.
RC: Officer Hostage
When a law enforcement officer falls victim to a hostage taking, there are specific tactics that he or she can use in order to help resolve the situation. This course discusses those tactics, as well as ways an officer can avoid a hostage situation while on duty.
RC: Police Shootings
Every year, officers are shot and killed in the line of duty. In an effort to reduce the number of deaths that occur, it is necessary to examine the deadly circumstances surrounding past incidents. This course will discuss the statistics surrounding officer shooting situations and identify factors that are common to deadly incidents. Tactical thinking and mental conditioning will be discussed, as well as how officers can better train for a possible shooting incident using "cover and concealment" and "instinctive shooting." Finally, we will address concerns for officers who have been involved in a shooting incident.
RC: Police Use of Force 1
A number of factors have recently surfaced that are changing the landscape in which police officers operate and are requiring law enforcement officials to rethink how use of force is applied. This program discusses the three areas impacting police use of force along with the current needs for outlining use of force policies. In addition, we will discuss training and investigation techniques targeted at use of force procedures.
RC: Pre-attack Behavioral Indicators
A police officer's tour of duty begins when he is assigned to enter an elevator that goes to all levels of society, from the homeless to the affluent. When the elevator door opens at any given floor, the officer is exposed to the occupants of that particular floor. In most cases, officers come into contact with people whom the officer neither knows anything about nor their intentions. Because of the numerous unknowns in any given situation, police officers must learn to establish a baseline on.
RC: Response to Armed Robbery
This course will discuss the various types of armed robbery and how each may affect the officer's response. Invisible deployment will be explained, as well as its importance for officer safety and response purposes. Various techniques for confronting subjects who have been identified as suspects leaving the scene of a robbery will be explained, as well as how an officer should respond to an armed robbery while off-duty.
RC: Selection and Use of Cover
Viewing this presentation will provide the participant with an overview of cover selection and utilization in a tactical operation. Participants will understand how this strategy applies across the board regardless of the type of contact.
RC: Simulations and Marking Cartridge Safety
There may come a time when your agency will utilize one of the many firearms simulations or marking cartridge products on the market. Because the use of these systems involves the simulated use of real time actions and violence, as well as the use of real, but modified firearms, very detailed safety guidelines must be established and followed. This Roll Call will highlight procedures for safe operation.
RC: Suspect Management
It is well known that the majority of assaults against the police occur to officers with 7-10 years of experience. Most often complacency is blamed in officers letting their guard down or for not following the procedures they learned in the academy. Dave Smith explains how we may be adjusting our "risk thermostat." taking more real risks to compensate for our perceived lack of risk on the job. This behavior just may be getting us killed.
Single Officer Patrol
The majority of law enforcement agencies across the United States are small, and the availability of backup is slim to non-existent. About 30 percent of police departments in this country have one officer working per shift. In many rural areas, backup is not available, or if it is available, it may be 10, 15, or 20 minutes away. Unlike in metropolitan areas where backup may be ''just around the corner,'' officers working in rural communities have to adjust their tactics to deal with the possibility of no help being available.
Tactical Thinking: Approaches on Foot
Tactical thinking education and drills provide officers a safe environment in which to think critically through scenarios. Practicing tactical thinking is essential to officer safety and provides experiences for the officer to draw upon during a real-life situation. This program discusses tactical thinking strategies and relates them to approaching suspects on foot. An officer's approach toward a suspect must always be carried out carefully - with full awareness of surroundings, availability of cover, and a thorough and quick assessment of the danger presented by the suspect.
Tactical Thinking: Mind Over Body
Tactical thinking drills provide officers a safe opportunity to think critically through scenarios and develop experiences to draw from when facing a real-life situation. This course, the first in a seven-part series, discusses tactical thinking, decision-making processes during a threat, and the natural response of the officer's mind and body during stress. The mental phenomenon of tunnel vision is also highlighted to further emphasize the importance of ongoing training.
Tactical Thinking: Secure and Transport
Tactical thinking provides officers a means to think through various tactical situations with a winning outcome prior to being involved in that situation. This can be done with regard to safely securing and transporting subjects in custody, both by patrol officers and correctional officers.
Tactical Thinking: Traffic Stops Env Concerns
When making a traffic stop, the officer is often focused on the reason for the stop and the occupants of the vehicle. To maintain safety, another important element must be constantly considered the safety of the surrounding environment. Because of rising environmental safety concerns, the IACP Highway Safety Committee and multiple police agencies have partnered with NHTSA to establish the Law Enforcement Stops and Safety (LESS) Subcommittee. This program examines tactical thinking as it relates to the environmental safety of officers during traffic stops. The purpose, composition, and focus of LESS will be emphasized.
Talk and Be Safe
A professional law enforcement officer must deal with many different types of personalities in many stressful situations. The communication process, if handled correctly, can make all the difference in dealing with individuals in the line of duty and can mean the difference between life and death. This course will discuss the communication process, which includes effective listening skills. Contained within these discussions will be the importance of nonverbal that aids in the compliance of subjects through the communication skills.
The New Paradigm - House of Horrors
Viewing this presentation will identify for the participant the considerations and research involved in developing reality-based training methods for lethal force delivery. Participants in the program will explore options for developing realistic training scenarios that inoculate officers against fear of death or injury.
Unspoken Dialogue 1: Body Signs
Regardless of where a person comes from or what verbal language they speak, they send a very clear message to us without uttering a sound. In this, the first of a two part series, we will look at the position of a person's body, and the placement and use of their arms, legs, head and eyes as behavioral clues beyond the conversation taking place in front of us. If we can interpret these body messages it will affect our ability to understand.
This program outlines current procedure for searching and seizing evidence from a single location crime scene. It covers search warrants for electronic evidence. It details recognition and specific identification of potential electronic evidence. It concludes with documentation, collection, preservation, transportation, and storage of seized evidence.
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Approach of the Emotionally Disturbed
Did you know that more than 3.5 million Americans now suffer from a severe form of long-term mental illness? Add to that number the large pool of people whose mental stability has been impaired by substance abuse or those individuals temporarily consumed by rage, stress or compulsive behavior and you have an army of volatile and unpredictable human powder kegs. This edition of Roll Call looks at the unique challenges associated with the approach of emotionally disturbed individuals.
CD: Cross-Gender Supervision and Jail Crisis
As more and more women move into the corrections profession, you are faced with the ever-increasing problem of cross gender supervision. Among other things, the sexual privacy of inmates becomes an issue. Day-to-day operations and searches of inmates are covered in this program, as well as preparing your jail crisis response plan.
CD: Edged Weapon Control and Verbal Judo
Dr. George Thompson continues his presentation on use of verbal judo to control inmates and Gary Klugiewicz gives a presentation of resisting an edged weapon attack.
CD: Inmate/Cell Searches and Jail Escapes
Inmate and cell searches are critical to the orderly operation of your jail facility. They can turn up weapons and contraband and may tip you off to escape attempts. In this course, we examine proper search techniques and discuss their importance.
CD: Jail Suicides and Close Quarter Assaults
Suicide is the No. 1 cause of death in our nation's jails. In this course, we will discuss how to implement an eight-step process to reduce the risk of suicide in your facility. We also examine the steps for avoiding and responding to close-quarter sudden assaults.
CD: Media Relations, Approach Considerations
The key to dealing with the potentially violent inmate and the news media is how you approach them. With the inmate, it is a matter of awareness and caution. With the media, it is a question of perception being in the eye of the beholder.
CD: Medical Emergencies and Insurance Risks
Insurance risk is a necessary fact of life in corrections. Insurance loss is not. Expert Bill Summers outlines a step-by-step plan to reduce your insurance risks. Also, Dr. B. Jay Anno explains how to prepare for a medical emergency and keep it from becoming a liability nightmare.
CD: Prisoner Escort
In this course, American Correctional Association President Richard Stalder discusses where corrections has been and where it is going. He says special emphasis must be placed on the treatment and housing of the mentally ill. Also, Captain Gary Klugiewicz of the Milwaukee County Sheriff Department takes us through the steps of a safe prisoner escort. Escorting a prisoner from a cell to a courtroom seems like a simple task at first glance, but dangers await the officer or deputy who does not do it right.
Crimes Against Children: Investigation
A crime against a child can be one of the most difficult calls you will ever receive. What you do at the scene could drastically affect whether the truth is discovered and the perpetrator apprehended. In order to respond properly to such a call, law enforcement officers need to understand the different types of child fatalities, injuries related to those types of deaths, and guidelines for the response to a child fatality.
Crimes Against Children: Liability
This course provides an introduction to the current issues surrounding law enforcement liability for failure to investigate or negligent investigations with a special emphasis on child abuse and exploitation crimes. The course also explores the Public Duty Doctrine requirements for law enforcement officers, relevant case law, and current statutory issues.
Criminal Profiling 1: History of Profiling
This program reviews the history of the FBI's Behavioral Sciences Unit and VICAP and defines profiling and the different types of profiling.
Criminal Profiling 2: Constructing a Profile
Our series on criminal profiling continues. This program reviews those techniques used to profile criminals that have led to successful capture.
CSI: The Proper Use of Trajectory Rods
Trajectory rods are useful for the determination of bullet trajectories in the reconstruction of shooting incidents. It is important to know and understand the special techniques associated with trajectory rod usage. This program describes these techniques and discusses their application.
Field Sobriety Testing 2
Chief Kevin Gordon of Mascoutah, Ill., continues his series by demonstrating three common field tests and how to interpret the results to determine if a motorist is under the influence.
Fusion Centers and Private/Corporate Security
This course discusses the mission, scope, and sensitive issues that have arisen due to the implementation of fusion centers in police agencies and the roles private and corporate security professionals play in the equation.
Heartsaver: CPR for the Lay Rescuer
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is the only hope of survival for someone who suffers cardiac arrest. This CPR course instructs the lay rescuer on how to properly perform CPR on both adult and pediatric patients, following the latest guidelines from the American Heart Association. You are considered a lay rescuer if your main job function does not include providing healthcare.
Recent estimates show that between 2 million and 4 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking, and of those, between 18,000 and 20,000 people per year are trafficked into the United States. This course examines how the street officer can recognize the signs of human trafficking and respond appropriately.
Inside the Breach, Part 1
The close quarters environment represents the most common and the most dangerous environment faced by law enforcement; compressed distances, compressed time frames, and rapid decisions are the deadly characteristics of the "typical" environments faced by patrol officers every day when they make contact with suspects closer than 25 yards. This course is designed to elevate an officer's knowledge, skills, performance, and safety in these situations.
In this program Thomas R Barry examines the role of gangs behind bars, gang rules, how to combat the gang, gathering information on gangs and psychological tactics for dealing with gangs.
From a very early age, each of us has been taught that it is important to live a life full of principles. As we matured, we understood that principles are basic assumptions that represent an important underlying law or belief. In this course, we look at the principles of leadership with a focus on those things that people do to fail at leadership, describe those principles that remain constant over time, and finally, look at the challenges facing law enforcement leaders in the 21st century.
In today's society, the importance of protecting yourself and your agency from claims and lawsuits cannot be overestimated. As we all know, lawsuits are time consuming, stressful and, of course, expensive. Funds expended on defense and related costs can reduce money available for equipment and needed programs. In this series, we will examine numerous practical ways in which you can reduce your risk through effective liability management.
Management vs. Leadership
Many people believe that management and leadership are two sides of the same coin. But the reality is that while they have similarities, they are in fact very different. This course looks at the characteristics of management and then turns to the characteristics of leadership to show the differences. Finally, the two sides come together and focus on the requirement for both skills that are found in a successful leader.
Mass Casualty Response and the I-4 Pile-Up
Motor vehicle crashes in low-visibility conditions create a host of concerns for responders. Because of this, responders must be aware of the myriad safety concerns when working in near zero-visibility conditions as well as what logistical needs these types of incidents present. Moreover, responders need to be aware of what actions to take prior to a disaster event and the benefits of multiagency response.
Media Savvy, Part 1
At worst, fire service and law enforcement agencies experience a hate-hate relationship with the news media that can hamper firefighting and crime fighting efforts, as well as keep the public from knowing information it needs and/or has a right to know. At best, healthy relationships between media and police and fire departments can result in accurate news coverage and positive public sentiment. Part 1 of Media Savvy explains what reporters are looking for and how you can provide information without revealing anything confidential.
Media Savvy, Part 2
In Part 2 of Media Savvy, learn tips and strategies for speaking to reporters while in crisis mode. Learn how to handle the media during a big incident, and get insight on how to attract the media when you want to publicize an event like a great community service program or a fund-raiser
This course discusses what mentoring is from a law enforcement perspective and how critical mentoring is to the development of new law enforcement officers. The importance of leadership skills required of supervisors is discussed, as well as how supervisors can help to motivate subordinate officers in order to improve their performance. Additionally, steps that supervisors may take to correct those behaviors are explained.
NRHL 1 - The Trooper Stone Shooting
A look at the dramatic events that unfolded in Tyler, Texas. A Texas State Trooper is gunned down on a traffic stop, and a rolling gun battle with automatic rifle fire ensues. In Part 1, Trooper Steve Stone takes us through the events of that night and how he survived being shot point blank in the chest. In Part 2, we'll ride with the Tyler police officers who pursued the gunmen through the streets of their city even in the face of withering high powered rifle fire.
Open Source Intelligence
The chief difficulty in using open-source intelligence (OSINT) is identifying relevant, reliable sources from the vast abundance of publicly available information. Emphasizing open-source gathering and analytical techniques, this course will introduce participants to OSINT, its uses, and its value.
PBI 1: Intro to Explosive Theory and Effects
This lesson is the first in our series on post-blast investigation, based upon the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms state and local post-blast investigation training. Part 1 focuses on the types and effects of the most common bomb-making materials and how to identify what was used in a crime. We also discuss logistics and safety issues as related to investigations of explosions.
PBI 2: Team Concept and Scene Documentation
An introduction to the ''ten man team'' concept approach to processing bomb scenes and control and safety issues must be considered. A description of the proper methods used to document and collect the evidence at bomb scenes will be discussed.
Personnel and Training
In today's society, the importance of protecting yourself and your agency from claims and lawsuits cannot be overestimated. As we all know, lawsuits are time consuming, stressful and, of course, expensive. Funds expended on defense and related costs can reduce money available for equipment and needed programs. In this part of the series, we will examine practical ways in which you can reduce your risk through effective liability management of personnel.
Policies and Procedures
In today's society, the importance of protecting yourself and your agency from claims and lawsuits cannot be overestimated. As we all know, lawsuits are time consuming, stressful and, of course, expensive. Funds expended on defense and related costs can reduce money available for equipment and needed programs. In this last part of the series, we will examine practical ways in which you can reduce your risk through effective liability management of personnel.
RC: Med Aid: Natural Disasters - Tornadoes
Originally intended for EMS personnel, PULSE training modules offer critical advice for any responder who arrives first to a medical scene. This installment examines one of Mother Nature's most powerful forces: tornadoes. Your role when a tornado hits will vary from helping with rescue efforts to maintaining order within the community. This program will help prepare you for tornados and the many challenges they present.
Real-Time Intelligence 1
Imagine having the floor plan of a large bank at the fingertips of law enforcement officers before responding to a robbery; or the most direct route for firefighters to a wildfire; or a graphical representation of the most likely terrorist targets within a given geographical radius. Sound like science fiction? Not anymore. GIS (Geographic Information System) technology provides first responders with real-time intelligence data in the form of maps, floor plans, photographs and much more. Join us as we “get under the hood” and explain the basics of how this new technology works. This program also profiles Wilson, N.C., a growing city that has implemented GIS technology to make quicker, more informed decisions about how to prepare and respond to disasters.
Responding to Snipers and Mass Shootings
This course gives first responders insight into what to expect when encountering a sniper attack and attacks where there are mass casualties. Tactical methods will be reviewed, comparing the first widely known mass casualty sniper attack at The University of Texas at Austin in 1966, to the other sniper attacks, including in Fort Worth, Texas, and Prince William County, Virginia.
Role of Media in Officer Behavior
This course will discuss the role that the media has played in law enforcement's approach to incidents involving both deadly force and less then deadly force. Additionally, the benefits of building positive relationships with the media and the relationship public information officers can successfully build with the media will be discussed. Included will be how members of law enforcement agencies can properly conduct press conferences to satisfy the media while not compromising ongoing investigations.
Tactical Implications: Human Factor Research
This program examines the tactical implications of contemporary research in human factors as they apply to survival learning principles. Vertical and horizontal decision-making strategies are compared and an exploration is made of the Response Time Continuum. Join us as we explore reaction time components, the reactionary gap and psychological capture.
The Death of Kai
The Bannock County ID Sheriff's Department will never forget one fateful early morning when a K-9 deputy named 'Kai' was killed while trying to subdue a gunman. The Department shares video of the shoot-out and the moving account of the loss of a partner. In the tradition of LETN's Murder on Tape, join us for this emotional story.
Understanding Hate Crimes
Those who commit hate crimes do so with the intent of hurting and intimidating people based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religious, sexual orientation, or disability. Police officers must understand the concepts of hate crimes and extremism in America, as well as be able to identify hallmarks of extremism and how to react appropriately to the commission of a hate crime.
VO1: Don't Underestimate Your Adversary
All crimes are committed by humans, and at all crime scenes there will be a display of human behavior that lends itself to analysis and interpretation. FBI SSA Alan Brantley gives us an overview of the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime and introduces a three-pronged approach to understanding violent criminal behavior.
Workplace Discrimination And Harassment
This course discusses laws regarding sexual harassment and discrimination as they apply to Law Enforcement Agencies, specifically The U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of 1990.
While operating as a police officer, there may come a time when you are required to immediately respond to an ongoing critical incident at a school, workplace, or other environment. Should the incident involve a person or persons who are barricaded and/or holding innocent people as hostages, the established law enforcement guidelines should be employed. This program will examine methods of response and how you can effectively put an end to such an incident.
Auto Theft 1: Detecting Stolen Vehicle
This training module is designed to provide the patrol officer with a firm grounding in the basics of detecting stolen vehicles. We discuss what to look for while on patrol, the tools of the trade, making the patrol stop, and the completing a theft report.
Auto Theft 2: Identifying Stolen Vehicle
By taking one additional step, patrol investigators can uncover otherwise concealed activity in vehicle theft. Knowing where VINs are located and how to match them to one another allows officers to validate the vehicle's identity. Do you know what to do when they do not match? Join us as we learn the ins and outs of vehicle theft from a seasoned investigator.
FIRSTaid: Infectious Diseases
If you were first to arrive at a medical scene would you be prepared to give first aid? Our four-part FIRSTAid series is intended to provide you with a basic understanding of medical conditions and procedures you may encounter in the field. This edition covers infectious diseases and tells you how to recognize the threat, when and how to use barrier protection, and what to do if you think you've been infected.
Interview/Interrogation 4: Special Population
Interviewing and interrogating special members of the population requires extra attention from law enforcement. Whether it's dealing with a language barrier, the mental capacity of the suspect, or a hearing or speech impairment, your department needs to be able to handle any situation that arises. This program will examine how you can effectively interview or interrogate these people.
Less-Lethal Force 2: Impact Projectiles
Officers face an ever-increasing number of challenging situations, including those involving armed, non-assaultive, and non-compliant subjects. Impact projectiles are often deployed in such cases, and they have generally been proven safe and effective when properly used by trained personnel. This program addresses the contemporary use of 12-gauge impact projectiles.
PA: Recognizing Possible Suspects
An enemy is within the sea of people that officers observe every day. Who are the suspects and how can they be identified? What targets are they after, and what is their ultimate goal? Join us as we explain the benefits of tactical thinking and observation.
RC: 1st Responder Level Hostage Negotiations
When you are faced with a barricaded subject, a suicidal subject, or a hostage-taker, you must try to bring the situation to a quick and safe conclusion. When the subject refuses to comply and is contained, the first responder must rely on his communication skills to de-escalate the incident, maintain control and safety, and provide support when the tactical and negotiations teams arrive. This lesson provides fundamental training in handling critical incidents and establishing person-to-person communication.
RC: Cop Talk: Officer Sign Language
There are times when officers on the street need to communicate with each other without those around them knowing what they are saying. It could be just a noisy environment that makes talking impossible or it could be relaying information to each other about a dangerous subject. Talking Hands is a system that allows officers to communicate nonverbally using hand signals. Talking Hands is based upon the same signs used by the hearing impaired but tailored to the police world.
RC: Officer Ambushed - Mark Sawyers Incident
Uniformed and identifiable law enforcement officers risk being ambushed on a daily basis. Sterling Heights, Mich., police officer Mark Sawyer is a prime example. Officer Sawyer was murdered in an unprovoked ambush while sitting in his patrol car filling out paperwork. His killer wanted the officer's service weapon to commit a bank robbery. We'll show you how to keep from becoming an easy ambush target.
RC: Officer Down! 2
It is the most hated call of all. When this call comes in, the entire department goes into "condition red." In Part two of this two-part Roll Call course, we complete our look at officer down from the point of view of an officer gunned down during a "routine" traffic stop.
RC: Safety on Traffic Stops
This lesson is the first of a two-part series on vehicle searches. Part 1 focuses on three types of vehicle searches: frisk, search incident to arrest, and consent. For each type of search discussed, the legal requirements of the search as well as the permissible scope of the search will be discussed. No two stops are alike and caution should be used with each one. There is no such thing as a ''routine'' stop.
RC: Spontaneous Knife Defense
Bill Burroughs discusses what you need to know about knife attacks. Bill demonstrates types of edged weapon cuts, the most dangerous to be wary of and what to look for to avoid being surprised.
RC: Traffic Enforcement: Principles of Speed
Effective traffic enforcement deters violators and makes our nation's highways safer places to travel. In this program we will look at speed enforcement from the older standbys of clocking and estimation, radar units and aerial tracking.
Stop and Frisk Considerations
Stop and Frisk Considerations
Tactical Patrol: Aggressive Patrol and Order Maintenance Policing
This lesson is the first of a two-part series on patrol strategies and tactics. Part 1 will focus on aggressive patrol and crackdowns and order maintenance policing. In Part II other patrol strategies and tactics will be discussed, including high-visibility patrol, saturation patrol, directed patrol, foot patrol, and hot spots. The purpose of this two-part series is to provide officers with an understanding of strategies that can be utilized during uncommitted time when they are not answering calls for service or performing other activities.
Tactical Patrol: High Visibility Patrol
This lesson is the second of a two-part series on patrol strategies and tactics. Part 1 focused on aggressive patrol and crackdowns as well as order maintenance policing. In Part 2, other patrol strategies and tactics are discussed, including high-visibility patrol, saturation patrol, directed patrol, foot patrol, and hot spots. The purpose of this two part series is to provide officers with an understanding of strategies that can be utilized during uncommitted time when they are not answering calls for service or performing other activities.
Tactical Thinking: Driving Safety
Tactical thinking is a skill that officers can use to analyze a situation as it presents, whether the situation is routine or emergency. Tactical thinking may be applied to operating a patrol vehicle regardless of the conditions, aiding in bringing operations - routine and emergency - to a winning conclusion.
Protections for Privacy
This course builds on the history of hacking to help construct a profile of hackers that differentiates legal hacking, illegal hacking, and unembellished computer crime. These categories help investigators predict, investigate, and understand the criminal actions of suspects without wasting time and resources on the legal actions of hackers.
Identity Crimes 1: The Victim
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America. Financial institutions, businesses and individuals have lost upwards of 48 billion dollars to fraudulent charges. In today's information-driven world, criminals have an unlimited number of tools that allow them to access personal information. Part 1 of this two-part series looks at the victim: who is targeted, what it takes to recover from this crime, and how to prevent becoming a victim.
Identity Crimes 2: Investigators
The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) code 472 states, ''First responders at the awareness level shall be trained to meet all competencies. They also shall receive any additional training to meet applicable United States Department of Transportation (DOT), United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and other state, local, or provincial occupational health and safety regulatory requirements.'' Because of this national requirement, the need exists to have first responders trained to the fullest capacity.
TSRP: Citizen Rights
Traffic stops are among the most common interactions between the public and the police. Unfair and illegal practices such as discriminatory profiling can have a major negative impact on the public perception of law enforcement. This series of examines the practice of racial profiling as it relates to traffic stops. Part 4 of 6 discusses the constitutional and citizen rights that should be considered when officers conduct traffic stops, including a citizen's reasonable expectation of privacy and equal protection under the law. Significant court cases and decisions that affect the policies and procedures of traffic stops are also explored. Traffic stops are among the most common interactions between the public and the police. Unfair and illegal rest of her life in prison had she not given birth to another son afflicted with a rare genetic disorder. Practices such as discriminatory profiling can have a major negative impact on the public perceptions of law.
Pursuit Phases and Technologies
This lesson covers two main topics. First, the phases of a pursuit will be discussed along with the activities and decisions that occur during each phase. Second, since the goal of each pursuit is safely stopping the fleeing vehicle, current and potential vehicle-stopping technologies will be discussed.
Report Writing 1
Report writing is one of the tasks most officers avoid when possible. John Bowden, author of the book 'Report Writing for Corrections' looks at how to improve writing skills for corrections officers.
Report Writing 2
It's not the most exciting part of law enforcement. In fact, when was the last time you saw an officer writing his report on the television show Cops, not very often. But the information that's in the written report can make or break a case. The goal of every written report is to clearly communicate the facts that were expressed to you by witnesses and victims. Returning this week for our final installment of our series on Report Writing is John Bowden. John is the author of the book, Report Writing for Florida Law Enforcement and Corrections. He also instructs on a variety of topics for several Florida law enforcement agencies. We begin with the look at clarity.
Response to Violent Crime
RC: The Schertz, Texas Shootout
In life or death situations, fear can freeze the conscious mind. It is during this time that the training ingrained in an officer takes over, and good, solid training can save an officer's life.
Search and Seizure
Digital Crime: Multi-Scene Search and Seizure
This program outlines current procedure for searching and seizing evidence from network-environment crime scenes. It covers search warrants and legal devices for electronic evidence. It details recognition and collection of potential network trace evidence. It concludes with providing a basic understanding of constraints presented by evidence spanning one or more administered networks.
Digital Crime: Single-Scene Seizures
This program outlines current procedure for searching and seizing evidence from a single location crime scene. It covers search warrants for electronic evidence. It details recognition and specific identification of potential electronic evidence. It concludes with documentation, collection, preservation, transportation, and storage of seized evidence.
RC: Commercial Vehicle Searches
Drug smugglers are constantly adapting their methods in order to evade police detection. This course will examine the tools and methods currently being used to search commercial vehicles. We will identify common contraband concealment containers and identifiers of drug courier vehicles as well as the challenges of searching large commercial vehicles.
RC: Compartmental Searches
Drug smugglers are constantly adapting their methods in order to evade police detection. This program will examine the tools and methods currently being used to search passenger and commercial vehicles. We will identify common contraband concealment containers and identifiers of drug courier vehicles as well as the legalities and procedural use of K-9 units.
Tactical Thinking: Building Searches
This module consists of a streaming video course and a Post Exam which will test your knowledge of the subject matter. It may also contain links to various Internet sites, and course reference material in PDF format.
Vehicle Search 1
This lesson is the first of a two-part series on vehicle searches. Part 1 focuses on three types of vehicle searches: frisk, search incident to arrest, and consent. For each type of search discussed, the legal requirements of the search as well as the permissible scope of the search will be discussed.
Vehicle Search 2
This lesson is the second of a two-part series on vehicle searches. Part 1 focused on three types of vehicle searches: frisk, search incident to arrest, and consent. In Part 2, we cover other types of vehicle searches, including plain-view seizures, motor vehicle inventory searches, and other vehicle searches (e.g., searches of vehicles involved in accidents and searches of vehicles that have been abandoned).
Suicide by Cop
RC: Suicide By Cop
This training program examines pre-incident indicators of potential suicide-by-cop events and is based upon hundreds of incidents studied by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Specific tactics for law enforcement officers to use in response to the indicators are presented, and the media reaction to law enforcement when the suicide-by-cop subject uses a toy or replica weapon also is discussed.
What happens when terrorists target our food supply? How prepared is law enforcement to investigate incidents of agri-terrorism? With the growing season in full swing, we must protect this valuable resource. But how? Join us as we take a look at protecting our breadbasket.
AS3: Cockpit Perspective on Hijacking
Airline Security - Part 3: Cockpit Perspective on Hijacking
Bomb Search: Resources and Technique
Since the terrorist does not label the device with the word ''bomb,'' what should you look for? What does a bomb look like? No one really knows because a bomb can be packaged in as many different ways as the maker's imagination will allow. Many factors regarding the search should be taken care of during the planning and preparation stage. This course considers the basics that are to be included.
Criminal Profiling: Accuracy or Inaccuracy?
Typically, the information presented in the news and entertainment media presents profiling as a highly accurate investigative tool and depicts profilers as modern day Houdinis. This show examines the myths and facts about criminal profiling and assesses its value as an investigative tool for law enforcement.
Critical Incident Management
This is the first in a series of training courses developed to assist the first responders of Montgomery County to prepare for critical incidents. This course will illustrate the Montgomery County Incident Management System, explaining how this system supports the National Incident Management System as prescribed by Presidential Directive. The Montgomery County example can be adapted and applied in most regions.
Decontamination: Lessons Learned
Hospitals are facing a significant challenge to be prepared for mass casualty victims who may be contaminated with nuclear, chemical or biological (NCB) agents. The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has mandated that hospitals must have an emergency preparedness program that deals with internal and external disaster management, including the decontamination of victims of terrorist action.
Domestic Terrorism Update
Join LETN's experts as we assess where we are in our prevention and reaction strategies to incidents of domestic terrorism. April is the anniversary to both the Waco and Oklahoma incidents. Can we say that we are now better prepared?
E-Commerce Crime 1: Cyber Crime
Viewing this presentation will provide the participant with an understanding of the sophisticated investigative challenges currently facing law enforcement. Participants in the program will become aware of the new tools available to police and forensic investigators to solve this new breed of crime.
E-Commerce Crime 2: New Cyber Threats
In part 2 of this course LETN will provide the participant with an understanding of the sophisticated investigative challenges currently facing law enforcement in preparing cyber-crime cases for prosecution. Participants in the program will become aware of the new tools available to police and forensic investigators to solve this new breed of crime.
HOALT: CIP: Applying Countermeasures
Part 2 of this course will provide a more detailed overview of the last step of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Process, which covers applying countermeasures. Part 2 of this course lists four major categories of emergency services critical infrastructures for which countermeasures are applied and provides several examples for each category.
HOALT: Detecting WMDs 2
This course prepares emergency responders to detect the potential presence of WMD agents and materials and to recognize possible strategies that may be used for their deployment.
HOALT: Incident Facilities
This course serves as an introduction to incident facilities and provides a definition of a facility; benefits of facilities; important factors that must be considered in the decision-making process when establishing incident facilities; and common features inherent to every facility. This course will also familiarize the student with the key facilities used during an incident command system event. It will explain how an incident commander determines the need for each facility and how each facility is used during an incident. Also described are standard map symbols.
HOALT: Principles and Features of the ICS
In Course II of our Awareness Level training, Homeland One weds Incident Command concepts to effective strategies regarding terrorism response. Even those who already know the Incident Command System will be compelled to rethink their roles in terrorism preparedness.
HOALT: Recognizing HazMat Incidents
This course prepares you and other emergency responders to understand what a hazardous materials (HazMat) incident is and the risks such materials pose to you and others at an emergency incident or event.
HS: Determining the Need for Protection
This course will describe the five (5) steps of the critical infrastructure protection process. In addition, the determination of threats against critical infrastructures will be explained.
HS: Introduction to Homeland Security
A chemical, biological, radiological/nuclear, or explosive/incendiary attack would pose unprecedented challenges for police, fire, emergency medical services (EMS), and emergency management personnel. This course is the first of several designed to enhance first responder capacity in the event of a WMD attack.
Legal Update: Special Interest Aliens
Since Sept. 11 2001, every officer in the country has been on alert for the next terrorist attack. Determining who is a potential threat is no easy task. Knowing what to look for and what to ask is crucial for every officer on the street. This program, in conjunction with the United States Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, will show investigative techniques to law enforcement officers that will help you determine if an alien from a special interest country potentially poses a terrorist threat to the United States.
LVBs: Post-Blast Investigation 1
The first responder at almost any crime scene will be a patrol officer. Most have little, if any, training regarding response to bombing crime scenes. What the first responder does in the first 15 minutes can make or break the crime scene. This course will examine what you need to know while responding to this type of incident.
LVBs: Post-Blast Investigation 2
We return to the FBI's Large Vehicle Explosive Device Post Blast Investigators training at Fallon Naval Air Station in Nevada. Students there are learning to investigate a large vehicle explosion like the one that destroyed the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, where 168 people were killed. We examine the approach to the scene and conducting the preliminary survey, as well as potential crime scene hazards and the need for universal precautions.
LVBs: Post-Blast Investigation 3
The purpose of any crime scene investigation is to figure out what happened, identify who committed the offense and present evidence at trial that result in a conviction. In the event of a large vehicle explosion like the one that killed 168 people at the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, you must manage a massive crime scene. We return to the FBI's Large Vehicle Explosive Device Post Blast Investigators training at Fallon Naval Air Station in Nevada, where students learn to investigate a large vehicle explosion. We examine proper crime scene documentation, diagrams and sketches, and recording and collecting evidence.
LVBs: Post-Blast Investigation 4
This program covers all aspects of investigation involved with a simulated vehicle bomb in an urban center. Elements include evidence recovery, photography, and a discussion of scene access and document processing.
Mass Transit: A Target for Terrorism
Domestic terrorism involves groups or individuals who are based and operate entirely within the United States without foreign direction and whose acts are directed at the elements of the U.S. government or population. How do you safeguard your community?
Extremists present a heightened risk to law enforcement officers. They are more prone to violent actions against police officers and the government in general. Police officers are at first risk because they are the most likely to make contact with extremists.
RC: Confronting the Suicide Bomber
Suicide bombers have a history dating back to the early 1980s with well-known attacks in the Middle East. United States government officials speculate it is only a matter of time before suicide bombers attack on American soil. Are you prepared to identify a suicide bomber? Are you clear on your agency's policies and procedures for handling such a suspect? This course explores the history of suicide bombers, including their reasons for volunteering and their typical methods used to carry out missions. Discussion also covers the Shoot-in-the-Head policy put forth by International Association of Chiefs of Police and the subsequent debate on how local agencies should define their policies and procedures.
RC: Corrections and Terrorism
Corrections has been "left out of the loop" when it comes to Homeland Security. Inmates have the potential to be future terrorists, and the next terrorist threat to the United States may be an inmate in your facility. This course focuses on the potential for terrorist and extremist activity within detention facilities, how to spot it, and methods of counter-terrorism that can be employed by correctional officers.
Self-Protection Measures for WMD Incidents 1
This program describes self-protection measures for WMD and hazardous material events. This includes an overview of the signs and symptoms of exposure, definitions and uses of the levels of PPE, and understanding the limitations of equipment in protecting someone exposed to WMD agents or hazardous materials.
Terrorism Middle East 2: Radical Islam I
This lesson provides an understanding of radical and fundamental Islam as an ideological basis for motivating terrorism both in the Middle East and abroad. Three major fundamental movements within the Sunni tradition are identified by country of origin: Wahhabism (Saudi Arabia), Muslim Brotherhood (Egypt) and Salafism/Jihadist-Salafism (Egypt and Afghanistan). In a unique manner, this module also describes similarities between fundamentalist behaviors, whether Muslim or Christian.
Terrorism Middle East 3: Palestinian Groups
Israel and Palestine have been in conflict since the late 1940s when Britain turned the Palestinian lands over to the United Nations. This module explains how the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) was formed and tracks the development of Fatah. We highlight nine major resistance groups, describing their violent lifestyles and what motivates them. We then look at the threats that face Americans increasingly since the 9/11 attacks. This lesson provides an understanding of the three major fundamental movements within the Sunni Tradition.
Weapons of Mass Destruction: Resources
Since 9/11, every jurisdiction has been concerned about mass casualty incidents. There is no jurisdiction with enough resources to handle a large-scale mass casualty incident by itself. Recommendations have been strongly made that interoperable communications systems are a necessity.
WMDs 1: What Every Officer Should Know
This module provides the officer with a context within which to understand weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The majority of U.S. police officers work in suburban and rural settings and may be likely to view WMD as a predominantly urban threat. This module helps them see how WMD impacts the safety of their communities.
WMDs 2: Biological Weapons
This episode focuses on pathogens and toxins, the two major categories of biological weapons (Texas Engineering Extension Service, 2002). The episode provides an overview of the weapons/agents that fall into each category, providing an orientation to the systems of infection or attack. Information is presented on known inoculations and antidotes.
WMDs 3 - Nuclear and Radiological Weapons
One generally thinks of ballistic missiles and other expensive weaponry when considering nuclear and radiological weapons. This training module is designed to acquaint officers with both small-scale devices based on nuclear explosions (i.e., suitcase nukes) and nontraditional weapons designed to spread radiological materials over wide areas to inflict mass casualty (so-called ''dirty bombs'').
WMDs 4 - Chemical Weapons
This program provides law enforcement officers with an overview of chemical weapons. After a brief historical summary, we describe the four common categories of chemical weapons, routes of exposure, symptoms of exposure, possible long-term health effects, and actions to take if exposure to these agents occurs
Tactical Thinking: Traffic Stops
Conducting a traffic stop is a routine part of an officer's job, but officers should never treat it as such. Even traffic stops that start out as low risk can quickly escalate to a deadly encounter. As a result, officers need to be on their guard every time they initiate a traffic stop.
Use of Force
Electronic Control Devices
Electronic control devices are one of the most effective and controversial tools at an officer's disposal. Knowing how and when to use them is only part of the process. This course examines when an electronic control devices should and should not be used as well as where they fit into the use of force continuum.
This lesson provides information on police pursuits, including their causes and necessity. Techniques of pursuit and termination of pursuit are thoroughly explained.
Special Assignment: Vehicle Pursuit Teamwork
Special Assignment: Vehicle Pursuit - Communications Teamwork
Vehicle Pursuit - Making the Right Decisions
Adrenaline is pumping. Lives are on the line. You're not on the scene, but the pursuing officer depends on you to take charge. The potential of a lawsuit that could bankrupt your community is riding on the outcome of your split-second judgment calls. On this program, Capt. Patrick Minutillo of the Harrison, N.J., PD helps prepare you to make the appropriate command decisions.
Vehicle Pursuit: Know Your Restrictions
In today's litigious society, officers can't afford to use a pursuit technique that could result in a liability action against his or her city. What you do when paralleling, boxing in, cutting off and roadblocking can get you into legal trouble. Half the battle is just being aware of those and other restrictions. On this program, you'll find out how to avoid the pitfalls while preserving effectiveness. N.J., PD.
Vehicle Pursuit: Pursue / Don't Pursue
You're on patrol and while responding to a crime-in-progress, your suspect flees the scene in his vehicle. Should you initiate vehicular pursuit or proceed with alternative methods? On this program, Capt. Patrick Minutillo of the Harrison, N.J., PD gives you valuable training in safety, risk factors and policy to help you choose the appropriate course of action.