8-Hour Continuing Education Training
This eight-hour seminar will satisfy the POST Commission Topic Area requirement for 2017.
TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS/VERBAL DE-ESCALATION (Two hours)
This dynamic and interactive block of instruction is designed to educate officers to avoid an action imperative mindset while resolving confrontational situations and the potential safety and liability issues associated with an improper response. Participants will also learn how to apply law enforcement philosophies to be able to safely de-escalate a crisis situation.
Curricular area: Interpersonal Perspectives (Two hours)
Topic area: Tactical training to include de-escalation techniques, crisis management, critical thinking and social intelligence. (Two hours)
RACIAL PROFILING/IMPARTIAL AND FAIR POLICING/IMPLICIT BIAS AWARENESS (Two hours)
This block of training is designed to help the officer:
- Understand that even well-intentioned people have biases;
- Understand how implicit biases impact on what we perceive and can impact what we do;
- Understand that fair and impartial policing leads to effective policing;
- Use tools to help recognize their conscious and implicit biases, and
- Implement unbiased behavioral responses.
- Legal Studies (One hour)
- Interpersonal Perspectives (One hour)
Topic area: Fair and impartial policing practices including implicit bias recognition. (Two hours)
MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT (Four hours)
This four-hour block of instruction is designed to provide a better understanding of what cognitive impairments are and what mental illness is and is not. The topics covered include ideas for handling calls that involve individuals who have a mental illness or cognitive impairment, identifying and understanding the stresses that the officer will face, and understanding the effects of psychological trauma. There will be focused discussion on the effects of a healthy lifestyle, the importance of having an appropriate fitness regimen, and establishing good nutritional habits. These things directly affect an officer’s longevity and their ability to effectively fulfill their professional law enforcement duties.
Curricular area: Technical Studies (Four hours)
- Handling persons with mental health and cognitive impairment issues (Two hours)
- Officer well-being, including mental health awareness (Two hours)
Each time this seminar is offered, details such as dates, time, location, registration fees, continuing education units (CEUs) offered and relevant instructor information will be available on the registration form found in the calendar.