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TargetSolutions’ robust online course catalog features engaging courses covering dozens of topics germane to law enforcement officers. Courses are put through a rigorous creation process to ensure comprehensive information that features detailed lesson plans. The result is a well-trained and prepared police force. Our online law enforcement training courses are accepted in many states, including Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma, New Mexico and more. View a complete list of states that accept TargetSolutions.


Written by training content experts at Calibre Press, courses in this series utilize real-world examples, body camera footage and an on-screen instructor to reinforce crucial lessons for law enforcement professionals.

Approach: Buildings
Law enforcement is a dangerous profession and survival is often predicated on preparation and survival tactics. This is especially true when approaching a building, as the officer is typically unaware of what is going on inside and the potential dangers within. Due to the fact that many of these approaches occur while a crime is in progress or the suspect is still on the scene, building approaches present a variety of situations where an officer’s life may be at stake. This course focuses on presenting strategies and precautions to increase officer safety both before and during a building approach.Numerous case studies, scientific research, statistics, and an array of videos of real-life encounters are utilized to offer training scenarios that assist in determining potential threats and which tactics to use to avoid surprises while in the disadvantageous position of approaching a building.This course provides an overview of the building approaches while considering the totality of the situation and your safety. It aims to provide a better understanding of the arriving officers objectives before an approach, the benefits of a stealth approach, safe approach tactics, and how to avoid the “fatal funnel” and kill zone.Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Approach: People
Law enforcement can be a dangerous profession and survival is often predicated on proper preparation and survival tactics. Where many officers go wrong is that they assume a call is inconsequential and approach on auto pilot thereby disregarding their survival mindset. This course focuses on maintaining that survival mindset when approaching potentially dangerous people by emphasizing safe approaches, legal justifications to approach, and approach priority.Numerous case studies, scientific research, statistics, and an array of videos of real-life encounters are utilized to offer training scenarios that assist in identifying potentially dangerous approaches and how planning can help you when dealing with a dangerous suspect.

This course provides an overview of the proper way to approach people by considering the totality of the situation and your safety. It aims to provide a better understanding of the when/then mentality, the three legal justifications for approaching people, approach priority, and the duties and responsibilities of the contact and cover officers.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Approach: Vehicle

Law enforcement is a dangerous profession and survival is often predicated on preparation and survival tactics, especially when approaching a vehicle. During an average year, approximately 12% of officers murdered in the line of duty are killed making vehicle contacts, and with the majority of these stops, potential danger cannot be known in advance. This course focuses on maintaining a survival mindset when approaching potentially dangerous vehicles and the tactics needed to be aware of potential hazards prior to approach.

Numerous case studies, scientific research, statistics, and an array of videos of real-life encounters are utilized to offer training scenarios that assist in identifying potentially dangerous vehicle approaches and how to protect yourself in these scenarios.

This course provides an overview of the proper way to approach vehicles while considering the totality of the situation and your safety. It aims to provide a better understanding of the circumstances for approaching vehicles, observations conducted before an approach, the types of approaches, and officer positioning upon arrival.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Body Language: Analysis of Deceptive Behavior

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One of the greatest tools a law enforcement professional possesses is the ability to influence the overall outcome of interactions. This course focuses on today’s law enforcement professionals and their ability to effectively evaluate people’s behaviors to analyze and identify deception through speech, facial expressions, and body language.
Numerous case studies, scientific research, and a wide array of videos of real-life encounters are utilized to offer training scenarios that assist in developing techniques for detecting deceptive behavior and identify various cues that someone may be lying.

This course provides an overview of the indicators of deceptive behavior and techniques to determine truthfulness. It aims to provide a better understanding of the signs of deception, conducting statement analysis, Freudian slips, and body language cues that convey hidden meanings. It is essential for law enforcement professionals to be able to determine deception and to be able to detect and interpret meaning across a wide spectrum of communication types.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Body Language: Analysis of Pre-Attack Indicators

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One of the greatest tools a law enforcement professional possesses is the ability to influence the overall outcome of interactions. This course focuses on today’s law enforcement professionals and their ability to effectively evaluate and identify people’s potentially dangerous behaviors.

Numerous case studies, scientific research, and a wide array of videos of real-life encounters are utilized to offer training scenarios that assist in developing techniques for detecting pre-attack indicators and body cues that can indicate danger to law enforcement professionals.

This course provides an overview of the indicators of attack and techniques to determine potentially dangerous human behaviors. It aims to provide a better understanding of danger cues through body language, unconscious indexing, verbal threats, and physical behavior that can indicate micro-aggressions. It is essential for law enforcement professionals to be able to identify pre-attack indicators as the safety of all involved is paramount in all situations.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Body Language: Reading People 101

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One of the greatest tools a law enforcement professional possesses is the ability to influence the overall outcome of interactions. This course focuses on today’s law enforcement professionals and their ability to effectively evaluate others through non-verbal communication and body language to make informed decisions and inferences.
Numerous case studies, scientific research, and a wide array of videos of real-life encounters are utilized to offer training scenarios that assist in developing techniques for reading people’s unconscious thoughts and actions via body language cues and responses.

This course provides an overview of the six main non-verbals used by law enforcement professionals to determine underlying messages and unconscious communication. It aims to provide a better understanding of the types of non-verbal communication, methods of reading another person’s body language, meaning behind various facial expressions, and learned versus innate behavior.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Body Language: Reading People 201

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One of the greatest tools a law enforcement professional possesses is the ability to influence the overall outcome of interactions. This course focuses on today’s law enforcement professionals and their ability to effectively evaluate others through non-verbal communication and body language to make informed decisions and inferences.

Numerous case studies, scientific research, and a wide array of videos of real-life encounters are utilized to offer training scenarios that assist in developing techniques for reading the totality of people’s body language, spoken words, and behavior in any given situation.

This course provides an overview of all types of unconscious communication to allow law enforcement professionals to be aware of subtle changes in behavior and body language that can convey essential information.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Distracted Driving (LAW)

Studies have found that more law enforcement officers are killed and injured in and around their vehicles than by felonious assaults. To drastically reduce these numbers, a cultural shift must occur when it comes to roadway activities. This course focuses on distracted driving, the types of distracted driving and the devasting consequences for law enforcement that can result not paying attention while behind the wheel.

Numerous case studies, scientific research, statistics, and an array of videos of real-life encounters are utilized to offer training scenarios that assist in identifying potential distractions and how to avoid those distractions to prevent unnecessary injury or even death.

This course provides an overview of the various distractions a law enforcement professional will encounter while behind the wheel and how to avoid those distractions. It aims to provide a better understanding of the types of driving distractions, the technology incorporated into emergency service vehicles that contribute to distracted driving, and how to avoid distraction while driving through visual, manual, and cognitive means.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Emotional Survival in Law Enforcement

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Law enforcement is a dangerous profession and survival is often predicated on preparation and both external and internal survival tactics. Due to the demands that exist in a law enforcement career, ensuring your own wellbeing and emotional survival can be daunting. This course focuses on presenting strategies to manage those demands and provides skills that can be immediately and easily put into practice to assist in your emotional survival.

Numerous case studies, scientific research, statistics, and an array of videos of real-life situations are utilized to offer training scenarios that assist in managing the demands that are inherent in a career serving and protecting a community, as well as the demands in your own home and family-life.
This course provides an overview of police culture and the negative effects of ignoring your emotional wellbeing, physical health, and coping skills. It aims to provide a better understanding of the stressors law enforcement professionals deal with every day, the results of those stressors, and how to start winning the battle against stress. Managing stress in an inherently dangerous profession is key to your emotional survival.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

The Essential Component of De-Escalation and Conflict Resolution

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One of the greatest tools a law enforcement professional possesses is the ability to influence the overall outcome of interactions. This course focuses on today’s peacekeeper and their ability to effectively evaluate others – and by means of communication – make sound decisions that result in safe and successful resolutions.
Numerous case studies, scientific research, and a wide array of videos of real-life encounters are utilized to offer training scenarios with the goal of understanding improving your de-escalation techniques and conflict resolution skills.

This course provides an overview of the essentials of de-escalation and conflict resolution. It aims to give law enforcement professionals a better understanding of the importance of effective communication skills to defuse potentially volatile situations.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

The Fatal Four

Law enforcement is a demanding profession, and the job can take a toll on any law enforcement professional, both mentally and physically. This course focuses on the potentially fatal dangers police officers face every day in the form of felonious assaults, roadway incidents, lack of physical conditioning, and not addressing mental health issues.

Numerous case studies, scientific research, statistics, and an array of videos of real-life situations are utilized to offer training scenarios that identify potentially fatal situations, how being aware of your surroundings in these situations can help minimize the dangers you could potentially face, and how to prepare yourself to deal with potentially fatal encounters.

This course provides an overview of the four major areas that put officers at risk of injury or death and how to minimize exposure to those fatal dangers. It aims to provide a better understanding of the importance of physical fitness and the impact poor physical health can have on the life expectancy of police officers. It also explores the prevalence of officer suicide, the indicators of potential suicide that may be presented, and how to help. Due to the nature of the job, potentially fatal encounters are an inevitable part of being a law enforcement professional, and it’s essential to understand how best to approach these situations.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

The Fundamentals of Stress 101

Law enforcement is a demanding profession, and the stressors of the job can take a toll on any law enforcement professional. To effectively manage stress, you must understand what stress looks like, what triggers your stress, and the difference between acute and chronic stress. This course focuses on the fundamentals of stress, how you feel when you’re stressed, and how stress can affect you on the job.

Numerous case studies, scientific research, statistics, and an array of videos of real-life situations are utilized to offer training scenarios that identify the difference between good stress and bad stress, how stress can affect your fight or flight response, and how you can practice for stress to use it to your advantage.

This course provides an overview of the stress response in humans and how it is designed to deal with threats. It aims to provide a better understanding of the biological factors of stress and how it can affect your body. It also explores the four (4) “F’s” of the flight or fight response and how your biology can trump training in these moments. Due to the nature of the job, stress in an inevitable part of being a law enforcement professional, and it’s essential to understand what triggers your stress and how it can affect you.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

The Fundamentals of Stress 201

Law enforcement is a demanding profession, and the stressors of the job can take a toll on any law enforcement professional. To effectively address stress, you must understand the phases of stress, and how to prepare and work through both acute and chronic stressors. This course focuses on how to mitigate stress through the three phases of stress, the circle of control, and what your body needs after stressful events.

Numerous case studies, scientific research, statistics, and an array of videos of real-life situations are utilized to offer training scenarios that identify how to stack the deck in your favor against stress, how fatigue greatly impacts decision-making, and how to move forward after stressful events.

This course provides an overview of how to mitigate stress and how to recover both mentally and physically after stressful events. It aims to provide a better understanding of the circle of control and the difference between control and influence. It also explores how physical fitness and fatigue can directly affect how you handle stress and the devastating effects of chronic stress on an officer’s health. Due to the nature of the job, stress in an inevitable part of being a law enforcement professional, and it’s essential to understand how to effectively deal with stress in order to minimize or mitigate its negative effects.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

The Graham Standard

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The ability to conduct swift yet constructive decision-making is essential to executing any action taken against individuals who may appear to be acting suspiciously. Police are often forced to make split second judgements in circumstances that are tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving about the amount of force that is necessary dependent on the situation. In the case of Graham v. Connor 490 us 386 (1989), we witness the officer’s use of force analyzed under the Fourth Amendment “objective reasonableness” standard and the incapability of providing precise definition or mechanical application when considering the opposing party.

This course provides an overview of this specific case that not only supports the warrior aspect an officer must possess but understand the significance of the guardian aspect and the balance between the two characteristics— surrounding the decision to apply force and post incident.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Guardians and Warriors: Seeking Balance

With law enforcement professionals today under increasing amounts of scrutiny in an already dangerous profession, the right mindset is key in managing everyday situations. Many officers have adopted a “warrior” mindset in order to physiologically deal with the stressors of their jobs, but they are also “guardians” in the way they protect the public. This course focuses on how to balance these two mindsets in order to maintain public trust, perform your duties at a high-level, and prevent crime and disorder.Numerous case studies, scientific research, statistics, and an array of videos of real-life situations are utilized to offer training scenarios that assist with channeling both the warrior and guardian mindsets and how they are applied to a wide range of circumstances.This course provides an overview of Sir Robert Peel’s Nine Principles of Policing and how they tie into the guardian and warrior mindsets. It aims to provide a better understanding of how these mindsets can be mutually exclusive and how effective training can be used to increase public trust. It also explores the phrase “Guardian Heart, Warrior Spirit” and the training aspects of knowing when to switch from one mindset to the other.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Guardians on the Grounds: Police-Fire Relations and Securing Facilities

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In the case of an active threat or active shooter situation, it is essential to ask yourself, what is your mission? As this question may stir many answers, the goal must always conclude to working together as public safety— Fire and EMS working under the protection of the police will make entry for assessment, triage, and quickly coordinate an evacuation plan. Time to the wounded is lives saved.

Moving forward from such tragedies, public safety professionals must learn from the research linked to certain stressors experienced by active shooters. The community plays a vital role in acting as the eyes of Law Enforcement and in what actions may be necessary to keep the community safe.
This course provides an overview of the perspective behind the active shooter, the victims, and the first responders involved in active threat situations. We will be looking into current events involving active shooters and what, as a unit, can be accomplished with a common understanding of our on-going mission.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Implicit Bias: Facts & Myths
With law enforcement professionals today under increasing amounts of scrutiny and many of their actions caught on camera, charges of bias have become more frequent. In these instances, many officers are depicted as having a racial bias or prejudice against various segments of the population, but often they don’t show the entirety of the situation. However, this does not mean that implicit bias doesn’t exist in law enforcement; it merely emphasizes that not all biases are illicit or racial. This course focuses on understanding the four types of bias and how preconceived opinions can have a negative impact on your job performance and public trust.

Numerous case studies, scientific research, statistics, and an array of videos of real-life situations are utilized to offer training scenarios that assist with identifying the inherent issues with explicit, implicit, illicit and racial biases and how they can be applied unconsciously to a potential suspect.

This course provides an overview of implicit bias and the differences between bias and prejudice. It aims to provide a better understanding of the four types of biases and how bias influences situations in law enforcement. It also explores the rise of implicit bias and how both confirmation and observational biases can affect job performance.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Interaction Principles for De-Escalation Success

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One of the greatest tools a law enforcement professional possesses is the ability to influence the overall outcome of interactions. This course focuses on today’s peacekeeper and their ability to effectively evaluate others – and by means of interaction – make sound decisions that result in safe and successful resolutions.

Numerous case studies, scientific research, and a wide array of videos of real-life encounters are utilized to offer training scenarios that assist in developing techniques for dealing with people during all types of interactions to de-escalate potentially volatile situations.

This course provides an overview of the interaction skills needed by law enforcement professionals to successfully de-escalation situations. It aims to provide a better understanding of the seven principles of interaction, de-escalation and conflict stages, and potential pitfalls to avoid during any human interaction.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Kinesics Interviewing: Reading the Suspect & Detecting Deception

One of the greatest tools a law enforcement professional possesses is the ability to read a suspect and detect deception during interviews. This ability allows the interviewer to detect unconscious thoughts and actions from the suspect that they would rather keep hidden. This course focuses on the ability to effectively read people’s behaviors, speech, facial expressions, and body language in order to conduct effective interviews.

Numerous case studies, scientific research, and a wide array of videos of real-life scenarios are utilized to offer training scenarios that assist in developing techniques for reading human communications, both verbal and non-verbal, and detecting deceptive behavior.
This course provides an overview of what to watch for when you’re reading people and the indicators of deceptive behavior. It aims to provide a better understanding of how to effectively interview and interrogate a potential suspect, including how body language can reveal unconscious thoughts and feelings that can convey hidden meanings. It is essential for law enforcement professionals to be able to determine deception and to be able to read and interpret meaning across a wide spectrum of communication methods.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Leadership: Personal Agenda or Mission Success (LAW)

Law enforcement is a dangerous profession, and exceptional leadership is essential to ensure department safety and success. To be an effective leader, you must understand the people you intend to lead and ensure that the vision you represent is effectively communicated. This course focuses on finding the leader within yourself and the necessary leadership skills required to excel in accomplishing your department’s goals.
Numerous case studies, scientific research, statistics, and an array of videos of real-life situations are utilized to offer training scenarios to identify the skills all great leaders need to have, and the training necessary to ensure your leadership principles are not compromised by stress.
This course provides an overview of leadership skills in law enforcement and the three principles of legitimacy. It aims to provide a better understanding of how stress can affect decision making and the difference between diverted and focused stress. It also explores how to balance citizen service and officer/citizen safety through extensive training. With leadership in law enforcement always evolving, it is crucial to understand the training required to be an effective leader.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Motivation and Bureaucratic Roadblocks (LAW)

Law enforcement is a demanding profession, and a positive organizational culture is essential to creating a motivating environment that enforces a sense of purpose. To effectively motivate a group of officers, you must have their trust and recognize that they are your greatest resource for creating a successful department. This course focuses on how to effectively foster a motivating environment while being aware of bureaucratic roadblocks that may hinder your efforts.

Numerous case studies, scientific research, statistics, and an array of videos of real-life situations are utilized to offer training scenarios that identify how the right culture is essential to motivation, and the obstacles that bureaucracy creates which can sap an officer’s motivation to be their best.

This course provides an overview of what is needed to motivate a group and how the right culture can make or break a department. It aims to provide a better understanding of the bureaucratic roadblocks that can affect law enforcement professionals and how they can be used to beat the desire and motivation out of an officer. It also explores the three (3) basic drives of the workforce and how self-determination theory can be applied to law enforcement. Motivation is a key factor in any successful organization, and it becomes even more important with the difficult job law enforcement professionals have to perform every day.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Shoot/Don't Shoot: The Jesse Kidder Incident

In law enforcement one of the most difficult and consequential decisions an officer has to make is whether or not to use lethal force. These decisions are often made under intense stress and need to be made in the blink of an eye but carry long-lasting effects. This course focuses on situations where officers needed to make a shoot or don’t shoot decision and the consequences of their actions.

Numerous case studies, scientific research, and a wide array of videos of real-life encounters are utilized to offer training scenarios that show situations where officers need to make lethal force decisions and how the perspective of the officer affects the outcome of these encounters.

This course provides an overview of the limitations of body cameras in these situations and how effective training can prepare an officer when these encounters occur. It aims to provide a better understanding of potential danger cues, such as micro-gestures and facial expressions that can indicate that an officer may need to use lethal force. It also explores the responses officers can have in these situations and how they select the response that works best for them in the moment.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Roadway Dangers

Studies have found that more law enforcement officers are killed and injured in and around their vehicles than by felonious assaults. To drastically reduce these numbers, a cultural shift must occur when it comes to roadway activities. This course focuses on roadway dangers that include everything from operating motor vehicles on patrol, pursuits and emergency responses to positioning on stops, directing traffic and assisting on accident scenes.

Numerous case studies, scientific research, and an array of videos of real-life encounters are utilized to offer training scenarios that assist in developing techniques for identifying roadway dangers and how to prevent unnecessary injury or even death.

This course provides an overview of the various roadway dangers a law enforcement professional will encounter over the course of their careers. It aims to provide a better understanding of your responsibilities behind the wheel of a vehicle, pursuit policy, and appropriate decision making while on the roadway.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Truths of Human Interaction

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One of the greatest tools a law enforcement professional possesses is the ability to influence the overall outcome of interactions. This course focuses on today’s peacekeeper and their ability to effectively evaluate others – and by means of communication – make sound decisions that result in safe and successful resolutions.

Numerous case studies, scientific research, and a wide array of videos of real-life encounters are utilized to offer training scenarios with the goal of understanding the various types of human interactions and how being aware of these “truths” can further your overall professional goal.

This course provides an overview of human interactions and the importance of truly understanding what these interactions intimate. It aims to give law enforcement professionals a better understanding of the types of interactions, meaning behind verbal and non-verbal cues, the importance of making people feel valued and the avoidance of career-ruining mistakes.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Women in Leadership (LAW)

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Law enforcement is a dangerous profession and exceptional leadership is integral to ensure department safety and success. In the past, men have traditionally held the leadership roles in law enforcement, but with more women entering the profession every day it is essential and beneficial to have more female leadership. This course focuses on presenting qualities that women possess that makes them superb leaders and the necessary leadership skills to excel in the law enforcement profession.

Numerous case studies, scientific research, statistics, and an array of videos of real-life situations are utilized to offer training scenarios to identify the skills all great leaders need to have, and the qualities women possess that set them apart from their male colleagues.

This course provides an overview of leadership qualities in law enforcement and the difference in leadership qualities between men and women. It aims to provide a better understanding of the strengths of female leadership, the power of appreciation, and how to maintain a positive communal spirit. Law enforcement is always in need of excellent leadership and women possess qualities to successfully lead the way.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)


This series covers the knowledge a law enforcement professional must have with courses in arrest and control techniques, dispatch and critical incident response.

Arrest and Control Techniques

Gaining control of a threatening subject is a lifesaving skill for law enforcement officers. Arrests and subject confrontations can be dangerous, even fatal in some cases. This course reviews basic subject arrest and control techniques that are designed to keep law enforcement officers safe while effectively gaining control of the subject.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this course is not intended to be used in lieu of professional legal advice. It should not be used to solve a legal problem. Always consult a qualified attorney or trained law enforcement professional for answers to specific questions. Additionally, laws and policies may vary in different jurisdictions and users are instructed to comply fully with all federal, state, and local laws and policies, even if they may differ from the information presented in this course.


Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Arrest Procedures

Making arrests is one of the primary tasks of law enforcement officers. Lawful arrests help to reduce crime, protect communities, and remove offenders from society. To carry out this critical responsibility, law enforcement officers need to know when arrests are lawful and how to carry out arrests safely and effectively.

This course provides a general overview of arrest procedures. It discusses various aspects of arrests, including the legal justifications, limitations, and requirements of the powers of arrest invested in law enforcement officers. Procedures discussed in the course include those for handcuffing, investigative on-scene searching, and unique arrest scenarios such as mass arrests, juvenile arrests, and the arrest of non-US citizens.


DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this course is not intended to be used in lieu of professional legal advice. It should not be used to solve a legal problem. Always consult a qualified attorney or trained law enforcement professional for answers to specific questions. Additionally, laws and policies may vary in different jurisdictions and users are instructed to comply fully with all federal, state, and local laws and policies, even if they may differ from the information presented in this course.


Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Computer Security Awareness (LAW)

Due to the rapid growth of computer technology and the increase in potential online threats, computer security must be understood by every user. Failure to fully comprehend these issues can lead to loss of data and theft of personal and financial information. The increasing importance of computer technology and the information contained and transmitted by computers used both at work and at home make it essential for every computer user to learn about computer security, the problems computer usage can present, and the actions that can prevent breaches in computer security.

This training is specifically designed to increase computer safety awareness, ensure online security, and protect all valuable information stored on computers. Remember -- security is every computer user's responsibility!

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Crime Scene Investigation

Effective, thorough crime scene investigation (or CSI) can produce valuable evidence and information to resolve a crime. The investigator should have a clear understanding and thorough knowledge of their tasks, various types of CSI equipment, scene safety procedures, and scene assessment procedures. Ineffective or inadequate investigation, however, can hinder a case and prevent just conviction or sentencing. The goal of crime scene investigation training should be to eliminate human error. Unfortunately, the potential for human error can be significant. A recent federal government study documented nearly 150 potential sources of human error in the analysis of crime scene fingerprints (NIST, 2012). Extra precaution should be taken when locating, collecting, and documenting evidence.

This course provides a general overview of crime scene investigation. It discusses the types of equipment used in CSIs and safety considerations for mitigating risks. Topics that receive substantial focus are documenting, locating, and collecting evidence.


The information contained in this course is not intended to be used in lieu of professional legal advice. It should not be used to solve a legal problem. Always consult a qualified attorney or trained law enforcement professional for answers to specific questions. Additionally, laws and policies may vary in different jurisdictions and users are instructed to comply fully with all federal, state, and local laws and policies, even if they may differ from the information presented in this course.


Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Critical Incident Response

Critical incidents such as active shooter or hostage situations, bomb threats, and terrorist-related incidents are the most challenging and most dangerous incidents in law enforcement. Officers may be called upon to put their lives on the line or to wait and contain, providing support to special weapons and tactics (SWAT) personnel and other specially trained emergency responders.

This course provides a general overview of critical incident response. It discusses the fundamental considerations and procedures for critical incidents, including those that require rapid deployment.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)


Public safety dispatchers play a vital role in law enforcement. Serving as the voice between the citizen and the officer, public safety dispatchers ensure that individuals receive proper assistance when in danger. The fast-paced and unpredictable nature of a dispatcher’s job demands great responsibility and forces dispatchers to always work at the highest efficiency possible. Dispatchers must be able to make split second decisions while managing multiple tasks at once, with little room for error.

This course reviews the ways in which a dispatcher can be as effective as possible at serving the needs of the public, including how to obtain information quickly from callers in potentially life-threatening situations, how to relay that information to officers, and how to monitor the incident through its completion.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Domestic Violence

Severe physical violence has been used by an intimate partner against one in four women in the U.S. Domestic violence is a significant problem in society and presents a unique set of challenges to law enforcement. Abusers can be threatening and unpredictable at the scene. Officers need to protect the victim, any children, and themselves. To do so they need to understand the unique factors that contribute to domestic violence and the psychological and emotional influences that impact behavior in such incidents.

This course provides a general overview of domestic violence. Topics covered include understanding the psychologies of abusers and victims, breaking the cycle of violence, and identifying crimes commonly associated with domestic violence. Discussion also focuses on scene safety, conducting the on-scene investigation, criteria to determine whether to make an arrest, and strategies for protecting the victim.


DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this course is not intended to be used in lieu of professional legal advice. It should not be used to solve a legal problem. Always consult a qualified attorney or trained law enforcement professional for answers to specific questions. Additionally, laws and policies may vary in different jurisdictions and users are instructed to comply fully with all federal, state, and local laws and policies, even if they may differ from the information presented in this course.


Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Drug Interdiction

Drug trafficking is a major problem all throughout the country. Law enforcement officers are valuable assets and have the ability to capture drugs in transit and interrupt drug operations. Drug interdiction operations require officers to always be attentive and actively searching for the next big bust. Vigilance, attention to detail, passion for their job, and integrity are essential elements that make an interdiction officer successful.

This course provides officers with a guide for detecting drug trafficking. Tactical ways of obtaining more information and evidence that will lead to busts are also provided along with safety tips.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Drug Investigation

Narcotics investigation is one of the most dangerous activities in law enforcement. The stakes are high and the consequences are severe. Drug criminals are often armed and willing to use violence to protect themselves and their drug business. The challenging task of law enforcement officers is to uncover vital intelligence, apprehend all suspects, and stay safe during all aspects of the operation. This course provides an overview of drug investigation with an emphasis on conducting operations in an effective manner while mitigating the inherent risks involved.

The course discusses aspects of search and seizure laws that apply to drug investigations and prepares officers to be able to identify drugs and drug lab operations as well as understand undercover operations. It also reviews the importance of listening, recognizing body language, analyzing vehicles and drug-related sites, and recognizing when the dope is not likely there.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Excessive Force

Allegations of excessive force can have a significant impact on the personal life and professional career of a law enforcement officer. They can also contribute to distrust between the law enforcement agency and the community it serves.

This course provides a general overview of excessive force incidents, with particular emphasis on prevention. Various topics are discussed, including distinguishing excessive force from reasonable force, theories on causes of excessive force, legal issues, and responding to allegations of excessive force.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)


Law enforcement officers' job requirements are challenging in many ways, but one obstacle that is often overlooked is officer fatigue. Police officers work around the clock, and these hours, along with the already dangerous job tasks they must perform, can lead to sleep loss. Loss of sleep leads to decreased alertness, deterioration of performance, health issues, and ultimately compromised safety on the job. According to the Tired Cop study, 44% of police officers reported acting in an unsafe manner or taking unnecessary risks due to fatigue. Additionally, this study concluded that police officers are more fatigued than other occupational groups due to their strenuous work environment.

This course will focus on officer fatigue by examining the causes and effects of fatigue, the physiological factors that underlie fatigue, the ways that fatigue can impair officers as they perform certain tasks, and fatigue management strategies that officers can implement into their daily lives to improve performance.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Gang Dynamics

Gang activity continues to increase nationwide. As agencies grapple with this growing problem, personnel face the need to master an increasingly important skill: the ability to understand the inner workings and ideologies of gangs. The hardcore gang member operates by a different philosophy that the rest of society, one that places loyalty to the gang above all else. Understanding the social dynamics and motives that compel gang operations is critical to preventing gang violence.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Gang Identification

In the most recent survey of law enforcement, the U.S. Department of Justice found that there are nearly three-quarters of a million gang members in the U.S., representing nearly 30,000 different gangs or sets (2009). Gangs are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories. Law enforcement data show a continued migration from urban areas to suburban and even rural communities. Due to the pervasiveness of gangs and their propensity for criminality, detecting the presence of gangs and identifying gang members is critical for protecting citizens and preventing crime.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Workplace Diversity (LAW)

Due to our country's rapid growth and ever-changing diverse population, organizations are realizing that their strength in the marketplace is linked to their ability to attract a culturally diverse workforce. Cultural diversity can strengthen an organization's own values and enhance community awareness. Unfortunately, discrimination still occurs.

The goals of this program are to promote awareness and encourage tolerance, describe strategies to create a positive and accepting work environment, and to highlight the steps to take should discrimination occur.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Workplace Violence (LAW)

Workplace violence has emerged as an important safety and health issue in today's workplace. Its most extreme form, homicide, is the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injury in the United States. On average, workplace violence accounts for 1.7 million injuries and 800 deaths per year [Bureau of Justice Statistics 2005; BLS 2005]. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, assaults and violent acts represented 18% of all fatal work-related injuries in 2009. Death or injury should not be an inevitable result of one's chosen occupation, nor should these staggering figures be accepted as a cost of doing business. By recognizing the signs of potentially violent behavior and taking steps to protect yourself, you can help prevent violence in your workplace.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)


Corrections addresses the steps and considerations a corrections officer must take into account to maintain order in a corrections facility and protect the safety of inmates, themselves and other officers.

Booking and Intake

The initial booking and intake of prisoners into a local lock up facility can set the tone for inmate behavior. This course examines procedures to ensure proper initial intake.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Community Corrections

How do correctional facilities affect the community? Because of some common misperceptions, sometimes the public reaction can be one of concern. If for no other reason, they know that large concentrations of criminals will be housed there. Therefore, positive community relations become essential.

This course examines the relationship between the community and a correctional facility and examines community correctional programs - or half-way houses.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Con Games in Jail and Prisoner Transport

In any correctional facility, law enforcement officers are surrounded by people who have lost control of their environment. Inmates will do whatever it takes to regain control, including con games. Lieutenant Glenn Revell of the San Diego County, Calif., Sheriff's Department explains how inmates will try to con you, the dangers of being conned, and how you can keep from being taken in.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Control, Verbal Judo and Defensive Tactics

A key element of law enforcement is control. Whether officers are controlling inmates, controlling suspects, or controlling situations, losing control means losing the advantage. In this course, verbal judo creator Dr. George Thompson shows how an officer's mouth may be their best weapon, and Lt. Gary Klugiewicz outlines a disturbance resolution model that will keep officers in control.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Corrections and Terrorism

Corrections has been largely ignored 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 from a local facility. This course focuses on how to spot terrorist and extremist activity within detention facilities, and methods of counter-terrorism that can be employed by correctional officers.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Corruption Continuum

Law enforcement administrators don’t get fired because of crime rates. They get fired for scandal. A law enforcement agency doesn’t become corrupt overnight. Research shows it is a gradual process with clearly defined steps along the way. In this course, Neal Trautman, Director of the National Institute of Ethics, outlines the four phases of the Corruption Continuum, and explains how you can keep your department on the right track.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Court Tactics and Techniques

F. Lee Bailey was known as a judicial prize fighter who jabbed relentlessly at witnesses during cross- examination. But simply testifying in a court of law can be a stressful ordeal for an officer without Bailey asking the questions. This course examines how to handle questioning by defense counsel effectively.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Cross-Gender Supervision and Jail Crisis Response

As more and more women move into the corrections profession, officers 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 a jail crisis response plan.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Direct Supervision

Most departments follow a “catwalk” method of watching over their inmates, but is that giving them enough interaction? This course discusses the benefits of a direct supervision approach to managing prisoners.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Gangs and Jail Recreation

Correction personnel are confronted with critical problems surrounding gang activity every day. This course examines the areas of gangs in jail, how best to deal with them, and how to establish a jail recreation program that satisfies the public, the inmates, and the courts.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Inmate Supervision

Supervising inmates at a correctional facility is no easy task. Today’s changing environment requires that officers must be aware of a multitude of factors. This course examines discipline, balancing an inmate’s religious beliefs with security procedures, and how to handle privacy concerns as cross-gender supervision becomes more commonplace.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Inmate/Cell Searches and Jail Escapes

Good searches of inmates and cells are essential to the safety of any correctional facility but may also turn up any evidence of any planned escapes. In this course, Samuel F. Saxton from the Dept. of Corrections in Prince George's County, Md. discusses proper search techniques and their importance.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Integrity in the Workplace

Occasionally, correctional employees find themselves compromised by their own actions. In such incidents, employees find that they must differentiate their personal and professional relationships. Produced by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center for the Federal Bureau of Prison, this course examines integrity in the workplace as it relates to correctional facilities.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Interpersonal Communications and Weapon Control

Awareness is a key element of your any law enforcement or corrections job. This course discusses how being aware of both the messages conveyed during day-to-day activities and the everyday weapons available to inmates can help resolve potentially dangerous conflicts.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Jail Gangs

Do you have the inside information on gangs in your correctional facility? Do you know how to recognize the signs of gang organization? In this course, 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.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Jail Suicides and Close Quarter Assaults

Suicide is the number one cause of death in our nation’s jails. The suicide rate in correctional facilities is nine times that of the general population. There are no quick fixes. This course examines how to implement an eight-step process to reduce the risk of suicide in your facility, and steps for avoiding and responding to close-quarter sudden assaults.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Juvenile Corrections

The risks associated with housing juvenile offenders and adult offenders in the same correctional facilities were identified roughly 100 years ago. Children were subjected to unspeakable atrocities in adult jails and were returned to society as hardened criminals.

This course discusses how and why juvenile offenders develop differently than non-offenders, how corrections officers can better supervise juvenile offenders, and how to deal with violent juvenile offenders.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Juvenile Inmates

What happens to children convicted of felonies? How are they incarcerated? Can they be helped? In this course, judges, legal counsel, law enforcement officers, and academic experts examine the trend in the U.S. toward trying children as adults and discuss efforts being made to understand their violent behavior.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Medical Emergencies

Medical situations raise a variety of concerns for correctional institutions. The institution must avoid deliberate indifference by showing active measures to address the problem. However, the institution must also consider the validity of the medical issue, or the possibility of a diversion. This course addresses procedures for handling different types of medical emergencies in and out of the correctional facility.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Prisoner Escort

The challenges facing corrections in the new millennium are many and varied. Not the least of which are how to handle the issue of the mentally handicapped and properly handling prisoner escorts. In this course, American Correctional Association President Richard Stalder examines where corrections has been and where it is going, emphasizing the treatment and housing of the mentally ill. Also, Captain Gary Klugiewicz of the Milwaukee County Sheriff Department walks through the steps of a safe prisoner escort and the dangers that await an officer or deputy who doesn't escort a prisoner correctly.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Professional Communications Skills

Why is there a need for law enforcement officers to have professional communications skills? Studies show that over 97 percent of situations that officers find themselves in are verbal, and yet the majority of training officers participate in is physical.

In this course, Milwaukee County jail staff discusses and then demonstrates the importance of communication in the penal environment, including initial contact, disturbance resolution, physical intervention, and debriefing skills.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Stress Reduction and Improving Officer Morale

Following standard operating procedures isn’t the only thing that determines the safe operation of a correctional facility. In this course, former FBI special agent Dick Ayers examines the issues of stress reduction and morale improvement among corrections workers, as well as the role of the correctional employee as a first responder.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Tactical Jaw and Limb Control

In the close quarters environment of a correctional facility, self-defense tactics are vitally important. If attacked a law enforcement officer often has no place to retreat to await backup. In this two-part course, defensive tactics specialist Phil Messina introduces Tactical Jaw and Limb Control.

Part one examines how to end a physical confrontation quickly using physiokinetics and time framing. Part two explains the pause reflex and how it can offer that critical second or two necessary to end a confrontation.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Tuberculosis in Corrections

Tuberculosis is on the rise in the nations prisons and no one, including correction officers, are immune to this potentially deadly disease. This course takes an in-depth look at the epidemic, from prevention to treatment, as some of the nations leading tuberculosis doctors instruct how to maintain a healthy environment for your facility.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Use of Force: Role of the 8th Amendment

The Bill of Rights guarantees the people the right to worship freely. But what if an individual’s right to worship conflicts with department policy? This course examines three U.S. Supreme Court cases regarding use of force and religious freedom.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Violent Attacks

Something as simple as handing a bag lunch to an inmate can present an opportunity for an attack against an officer. This course examines how to identify key officer safety elements relevant to violent attacks, and translate the lessons learned from the re-creation into training and preparation exercises.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Youth Gangs

Youth gangs aren’t just an inner-city problem. According to a recent survey, over 60 percent of law enforcement agencies have reported gang activity in their communities. The U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is stressing comprehensive community-based approaches to reducing youth gang violence. This course looks at three such programs.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)


Effective communication, stress management and tactful action are essential to law enforcement professionals when dispatched. These courses introduce useful topics in ensuring fast, clear communication and managing expectations when out on a call.

Answering Suicidal Callers

Suicidal callers can be some of the most intimidating for telecommunicators. But how dispatchers respond to this type of call might make a difference in the caller's life. This course dispels some of the common myths about suicide and examines what could prompt a person to take such drastic action.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Calls from the Hearing Impaired

The Americans with Disabilities Act and Department of Justice standards require telecommunicators, 9- 1-1 operators, and call takers to effectively recognize and process TTY calls to emergency telephone services.

This course identifies methods of TTY call recognition; explains the proper procedures for handling TTY, voice carry over (VCO), hearing carry over (HCO), and telecommunications relay service calls; identifies the elements of effective TTY call processing; and describes procedures for receiving and initiating TTY calls.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Communication Essentials

How information is gathered could very well change the nature of an incoming call to the dispatch center. Communication officers must remain calm, employ good listening skills, and ask just the right questions to relay effective information during the dispatch.

This 3-module course discusses the essentials of dispatching, how to extract accurate information from the caller, and how to handle the panicked callers.

Course Duration: 1.5 Hour(s)

Handling Special Situations

Handling a suicide, domestic violence, or hostage situation may be one of the most stressful jobs a dispatcher is called to do. This course examines how telecommunicators can use common sense approaches to these the most difficult of calls.

Course Duration: 1.5 Hour(s)

Managing a Communications Division

Whether your communications division is a few people or a few hundred, its role demands special attention. As the contact point for citizens who need police service, communications is vital to community relations. As a lifeline for officers responding to dangerous situations, it is a top priority for officers' safety. But too often communications is not made to feel a full partner in the law enforcement team.

This course discusses what law enforcement managers can do to ensure that telecommunicators receive the recognition, training, and support they need to do their job.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Officer Line of Duty Death

The relationship between street officers and dispatchers is a special one. They both rely heavily on each other to get their jobs done. Now how well the dispatcher gathers information often determines the officer's safety in responding to the call.

In this course, ex-police officer Tom Guthery presents statistics on the number of officers who died in the line of duty and explains how dispatchers and officers can work together to reduce these statistics.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Stress Management

Stress comes in many forms. Dispatchers and officers often feel their stress is related to departmental policies. However, Detective Sgt. Duane Fredricksen believes stress starts within. This three-part course examines how to recognize the signs of stress, the warning signals, and what supervisors and dispatchers can do to prevent excessive stress. It also introduces the triangle of life, diet, exercise, and thought as the keys to identifying and handling intensive stress and stress-related problems.

Course Duration: 1.5 Hour(s)

Team Building

The street officer-dispatch team is a vital one. The each have a unique job to do that relies on the other one. There are a number of challenges facing this team. Dispatchers may not gather enough information, and officers may overlook the importance of the dispatcher. In this course, Detective Sgt. Duane Fredrickson discusses the key problems and challenges the team must overcome to work together effectively.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

The AMBER Alert System

America’s Missing Broadcast Emergency Response system, or AMBER Alert system, is named after Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old girl from Arlington, Texas, who was abducted and brutally murdered. It is a nationwide system organized under state or regional plans for the purpose of assisting the recovery of abducted or endangered children. The system was developed to get information quickly out to the public about these children and to aid law enforcement in their speedy recovery.

This course examines the role of the dispatcher in the alert system, and how they are 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.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)


When answering a call or pursuing a suspect, every second counts. These courses offer important lessons in driver safety for police with topics such as adjusting to changing conditions, defensive driving strategies and legal considerations.

Accidents & Emergencies

This course provides guidance for police officers who drive vehicles on the job, describing post-accident procedures such as who to call, what information to provide and collect, and what forms to complete. Information is also provided regarding what officers can expect to be carried out by their department during the accident investigation and which corrective actions could be recommended to prevent similar accidents in the future. Likewise, the course also discusses strategies for responding safely to unexpected vehicle emergencies, such as a mechanical failure. Equipping a vehicle with an accident kit and emergency supplies is also part of the recommended preparation strategies, as well as some tips on preventing the major causes of accidents and emergencies.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Adjusting to Changing Driving Conditions

In 2005, 848,000 crashes in the U.S. occurred under rain, sleet, or snow conditions, and although there are far fewer vehicles on roadways at nighttime, over half of all vehicle crashes involving fatalities occurred in dim or dark lighting conditions. Certainly, environmental conditions play a significant role in vehicle crashes. The most unfortunate aspect of such collisions is that oftentimes they are entirely preventable. Environmental conditions that can affect driving include weather, visibility, and road surface quality. All of these require drivers to be able to respond appropriately and adjust their driving performance to make sure the vehicle handles safely under the conditions present.

This course reviews these environmental conditions and explains the required driver responses to ensure safe vehicle operations.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Characteristics of Law Enforcement Vehicles

Various kinds of vehicles are used by law enforcement officers. Each type has unique dimensions and mechanical components. Being familiar with these can help make vehicle operations safer.

This course reviews the various vehicle types used in law enforcement, highlighting the unique features of these vehicles as well as the distinct handling requirements required for safe operation. An overview of safety enhancements, Police Package Vehicles, lights, and sirens is provided. The culmination of these discussions centers on applying the knowledge gained to reduce crash risks.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Dangers of Speeding

Speeding is a contributing factor in nearly one-third of all fatal crashes. Since 1995 the number of deaths and injuries attributed to speed have continued to rise. Technological advances in vehicle safety and passenger protection have not been able to prevent the thousands of needless deaths each year from speed-related crashes. Therefore, it is essential for all law enforcement officers to understand the dangers associated with speeding whether they are on duty or off the clock using their own vehicles.

The best solution to the problem of speeding is to make drivers aware of the problem and to equip them to drive at safe speeds, which are the two main objectives of this course. Various topics are covered in this module, including what factors influence drivers to speed; what risks arise from excessive speed; how speed affects stopping distance; what economic costs stem from speeding and aggressive driving; how to avoid becoming involved in a collision with a speeder; and what factors to consider in choosing a safe speed for vehicle operation.

This course focuses specifically on the dangers of speeding. Speeding during police pursuits is covered in a separate course, Police Pursuit Driving.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Defensive Driving Strategies

A worker is more likely to suffer fatal injury while operating a vehicle than any other job activity. The need for enhancing safety when driving cannot be understated. Unfortunately, improving one's own driving ability does not guarantee safety on the roadway. No matter how safe a driver is trained to be, he or she cannot control the behavior of other vehicle operators. Encountering unsafe drivers is an inevitable part of every driver's experience.

This course is aimed at preparing drivers for encountering potential hazards on the roadway. It follows a three-fold approach by encouraging drivers to anticipate, recognize, and respond to driving hazards. Within this framework, topics covered include principles of defensive driving, the need for driving defensively, practical instruction on how to drive defensively, instruction on maintaining a safety zone perimeter around the driver's vehicle, and effective stopping distance.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Distracted Driving

Studies have found that more law enforcement officers are killed and injured in and around their vehicles than by felonious assaults. To drastically reduce these numbers, a cultural shift must occur when it comes to roadway activities. This course focuses on distracted driving, the types of distracted driving and the devastating consequences for law enforcement that can result not paying attention while behind the wheel.

Numerous case studies, scientific research, statistics, and an array of videos of real-life encounters are utilized to offer training scenarios that assist in identifying potential distractions and how to avoid those distractions to prevent unnecessary injury or even death.

This course provides an overview of the various distractions a law enforcement professional will encounter while behind the wheel and how to avoid those distractions. It aims to provide a better understanding of the types of driving distractions, the technology incorporated into emergency service vehicles that contribute to distracted driving, and how to avoid distraction while driving through visual, manual, and cognitive means.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Driver Safety Orientation

This course highlights the steps police officers can take to protect themselves while driving on the job. It describes the dangers associated with driving on the job and the driver's responsibilities when operating an organizational vehicle or a personal vehicle on organizational business.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Emergency Vehicle Operations

This course aims to review the fundamentals of driving law enforcement vehicles. Using contemporary examples and statistics, the need for training on this subject is emphasized. Factors to consider in route planning are also reviewed. Special attention is given as well to proper start-up procedures, fundamentals of safe driving, defensive driving, and pursuit driving.

For optimum effectiveness, this course should be used in conjunction with real-world behind-the-wheel training and should not be considered a substitute for actual driving experience.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Impaired Driving

The purpose of this course is to encourage safe driving practices among police officers, reduce departments' costs due to incidents caused by impaired driving, and educate drivers on the factors that contribute to impaired driving. Driving is a common task required of many people nationwide and even a small increase in safe driving practices can reduce the number of accidents and, most importantly, save lives. Due to the widespread nature of the alcohol-impaired driving problem, special attention has been given to this problem.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Intersection Safety

This course highlights the principles and practices police officers must consider for safely navigating through various types of intersections and examines the potential risks associated with operating a vehicle at intersections. The course describes best practices for intersection safety and encourages the adoption of key safety practices to reduce vehicle-related crashes at intersections.

The course is divided into two sections: Lessons 1-10 review basic intersection safety, and Lessons 11-13 discuss intersection safety when responding to an emergency.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Legal Considerations for Police Drivers

This course reviews legal aspects of police emergency vehicle operations, including appropriate vehicle procedures based upon federal, state, local, and organization regulations. It also reviews the need for compliance with traffic laws and appropriate conditions for exemption. Legal terms and principles discussed include due regard, true emergencies, negligence, and liability.

Because each state is different, and each department's protocols may vary, personnel are encouraged to seek competent legal advice concerning any questions regarding these issues. This material is provided as general information and does not constitute legal advice. Consult an attorney for advice concerning specific matters.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Police Vehicle Technology

There is no doubt that technology has changed our lives for the better in multiple ways; however, for law enforcement officers, technology becomes a matter of saving lives.

This course discusses technology pertaining to police vehicles. It examines the components that currently exist in police cruisers and how they function. It also explores some of the technological advances in the law enforcement industry pertaining to police vehicles that aim to make a safer work environment for officers.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Pursuit Driving

Every day a person dies as a result of a police pursuit, and that number could be even higher. The full number of police pursuits nationwide and of their associated damages, injuries, and fatalities is difficult to determine. Regardless, it is clear that pursuits present a high degree of risk to officers, to those being pursued, and to the general public. To mitigate these risks, officers must receive proper training on safe pursuit driving.

This course focuses on increasing awareness of the risks inherent in pursuits and pursuit driving. It also suggests ways of minimizing these risks. The various legal precedents and criteria for pursuing and terminating a pursuit receive prominent attention. Tactical maneuvers, strategies, and methods are also covered.

The material in this course is not intended as a replacement for behind-the-wheel training. Rather, the material is best used in conjunction with such training, as it can provide a context where the course content can be directly applied.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Safe Backing

This course focuses on the various safety precautions and techniques for backing safely in a number of situations. Topics such as safe backing procedures, backing with a trailer, blind spots, adjusting mirrors, and parallel parking are covered.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Vehicle Inspection & Maintenance

Regularly inspecting a vehicle for problems and following a schedule of routine maintenance are critical to ensuring safety and prolonging the life of the vehicle. Unfortunately, however, the majority of vehicles on the road are not properly inspected or maintained. A recent national survey found that at least 80% of vehicles are not adequately maintained and have at least one component needing attention (Car Care Council, 2007). This not only means that most vehicles on the roadway are not operating under optimally safe conditions, it also suggests that drivers do not recognize the need for following a regular schedule of inspecting and maintaining their vehicles.

A vehicle that is not regularly inspected and maintained will gradually degrade in performance, use more gasoline or diesel, and increase the chances that future repairs will be more costly. An inadequately maintained vehicle also produces more pollution, which can reflect negatively on the organization owning the vehicle.

This course focuses on the responsibility of police officers to inspect their vehicles and maintain them in good working condition. Critical and pertinent topics are covered such as what to inspect, how to document inspections, the cost-saving benefits of properly maintaining a vehicle, how to check tire pressure, and how to identify common vehicle problems before they contribute to costly major mechanical failures.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Vehicle Safety and Security

An unfortunate reality that every police officer must deal with is the security and protection of patrol vehicles. According to the FBI, a vehicle is stolen in the U.S. every 26.4 seconds, and law enforcement vehicles are not exempt from theft. In addition to vehicle theft, a surprising amount of other causes of damage and loss of property, as well as injury and fatality to law enforcement personnel, is sustained every year due to patrol car incidents. Greater attention to security and safety measures of protection should be implemented to effectively curb this trend, contain the losses, and save lives.

This course is dedicated to educating law enforcement officers and improving patrol vehicle safety and security. Receiving particular emphasis in this course are the areas of preventing vehicle theft and enhancing the personal safety of vehicle occupants. Regarding vehicle security, topics covered include, among others, how to secure a vehicle safely when parking, what security devices can be installed to enhance protection, and how to follow a comprehensive "layered" approach to vehicle security. Vehicle safety is also featured prominently in this course, and topics such as safety tips for protecting vehicle occupants from injury in a collision and properly using vehicle-equipped safety devices are discussed.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)


Courses in this series highlight control procedures, protection strategies and awareness to help law enforcement professionals identify and eliminate threats to homeland security.

Control Procedures for WMD Incidents

When an incident involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD) occurs, local first responders are normally responsible for the initial response. This course provides information that will help explain site security, how to maintain it, and scene control procedures for awareness-level trained personnel. It also discusses how to identify and assess threats that may jeopardize agency/community critical infrastructures (CI) and key assets.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Critical Infrastructure Protection (Modules 1–3)

In recent years, it has become increasingly evident that public safety organizations are vulnerable to a variety of threats – natural, accidental, and manmade. The critical infrastructures first responders depend upon are also vulnerable. Applying countermeasures is the key to protecting critical infrastructures such as personnel and cyber property.

In this first course, hear what experts say about the importance of applying countermeasures to critical infrastructures and how to do it in your community. The second course provides a basic description of how you should conduct a vulnerability analysis on the critical infrastructures your agency depends upon to accomplish its organizational mission, including critical infrastructures (CIs) that may be outside your agency's span of control. Finally, the third course provides an overview of the second and fourth steps of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Process (CIPP). Specifically, you will learn how to determine threats that may jeopardize agency/community critical infrastructures (CI) and key assets and you will learn how to assess risk.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s) for MOD #1 & #2, 0.5 Hour(s) for MOD #3

Homeland Security Awareness (Modules 1-6)

The September 11, 2001 attacks against the U.S. have forced both the citizens of this country and the public service agencies that serve them to confront the possibility of a terrorist attack involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD). 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 series prepares the student from law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services (EMS) to understand the coordination requirements and importance of an integrated emergency management and incident command system when responding to hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) threats and occurrences.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s) Each


Gathering evidence and utilizing findings in a legal and effective manner are essential to investigations. Courses in this series explain tried-and-true methods to uncover hidden threats, identify relevant details and piece together evidence.

Bloodstain Evidence Analysis

When Darlie Routier awoke during the night to find herself confronted by an intruder and two of her children dead of multiple stab wounds, she roused her husband and called the police. In a separate incident, Martin Dillon is killed by a blast from his best friend's shotgun, and the death was ruled accidental. But there was more to each case than the eye could see.

In this course, investigators use ballistics, blood spatter analysis, behavioral profiling, and computerized analysis of a 911 call to determine that the tragedies were inside jobs.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Bloodstain Evidence Documentation

Bloodstains left at a crime scene can be the result of a number of different possible dynamics. Bloodstain pattern interpretation involves, to a large extent, determining what particular dynamic produced a given bloodstain pattern. When multiple patterns overlap from either the same or different dynamics, things can become complicated. This course presents the methods that Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) should use to document blood evidence at crime scenes.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Body of Evidence

Only one day after Mark Fair and his fiancée, Karla Brown, moved into their new home, Karla was found brutally murdered. There were very few leads and the case seemed destined to go unsolved. This course discusses the use of forensic psychology, image enhancement technology, and forensic odontology to link suspects to a crime scene.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Building Search Essentials

As you enter the fatal funnel, are you prepared for the rigors of a thorough building search? In this course, Sgt. Joe Robinson of the Orlando Police Department takes you through the door to deal with multiple areas of responsibility, prioritizing problem areas, moving in tandem with a partner, and the "Israeli Lean."

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Bullet Ricochet Phenomena

Pool is a game of angles. Angles created when the ball ricochets off the cushion. The object of the game is to use the ball's ricochet to your advantage. With bullets, the object is the same. See what the ricochet is trying to tell you. Learn what that means and you'll have the knowledge to decipher the past.

This course examines the conditions under which ricochets are produced; defines angle of impact versus critical angle; and discusses ricochet characteristics like directionality, the V-mark, and the Pear effect.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Burned Evidence

Two years after a woman is reported missing and presumed dead, one of the suspects in the killing confesses to the police. Evidence to back up the confession is hard to come by because the body had been incinerated, the ashes spread over a 100-mile stretch of highway.

This course examines how tenacious investigators recovered minute quantities of charred bone and a single drop of blood at the murder scene that lead to a conviction.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Cartridge Case Ejection Pattern Testing

The goal of shooting incident analysis and reconstruction is to determine the positions of the various individuals involved. Information regarding the position(s) of a shooter may be approximated from the location of the fired cartridge cases/shotshells ejected from the weapon used, provided the direction of fire can be established.

This course presents techniques for conducting cartridge case ejection pattern testing on weapons that eject fired cartridges/shotshells.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Cold Case Files

Many challenges must be overcome when investigating cold cases, and the investigators who make up cold case units must know how to use current resources to solve old crimes. This course provides direction in implementing cold case investigation units and investigations, as well as identifies the characteristics of officers who may be good fits as cold case investigators.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Composite Interviewing

Those who sketch composite images of suspects must combine the art of drawing out information from victims and witnesses. This course discusses helpful techniques to create the most accurate composite possible.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Consent Searches: 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. This course discusses whether or not police have to advise individuals of their right to refuse consent to a search.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Dangers of Hidden Devices

Encountering deadly booby traps is not something only military and police personnel operating in foreign lands need to worry about. Unfortunately, these types of devices are fairly common in many parts of the United States and are encountered more often than many people realize.

This course explains how booby traps are designed and employed so law enforcement officers can be aware and defend against them.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Detecting Strangulation

The San Diego, Calif. 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.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

DNA Evidence and Testing

A missing persons case turned into something more because of DNA testing. An organization that reviews claims of innocence by convicts had a rape case reopened and used DNA evidence to secure an exoneration. This course explores the use of the latest medical and scientific evidence to solve crime.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is a crime that is often unnoticed, neglected, or sometimes even condoned. It is important that law enforcement officers recognize the beginning signs or evidence of elderly abuse, as this type of situation involves adults who can make choices and decisions. This course examines how recognize elder abuse, the various types of abuse, possible signs of abuse, and the police response to elder abuse.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Electron Microscopy

A 9-year-old girl went missing and the only evidence at the scene of her abduction is her ever-so slightly damaged bicycle. A sharp-eyed and quick-thinking coach helped police identify a suspect but there seemed to be no evidence linking him to the crime.

This course discusses how FBI agents used electron microscopy to reveal a two-way transfer of paint and nickel between the girl's bike and the abductor's car.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Evidence Chain of Custody

As the O.J. Simpson trial unfolded, the defense sought to discredit the evidence at the scene by attacking the investigators and evidence technicians. Therefore, being able to answer to the whereabouts of evidence at all times has become paramount in criminal investigations. This course focuses on the evidence chain of custody and its documentation.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Evidentiary Reenactments

When Janice Johnson was found lying in a pool of blood at the foot of her basement stairs, the tragedy was ruled an accident - until circumstantial evidence caused the case to be reopened, leading to the imprisonment of her husband for murder. In this course, attorney James Lockyer of the Association for the Defense of the Wrongfully Convicted uses an evidentiary reenactment to prove his theory.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Fatal Blood Loss Evidence

Scott Dunn disappeared with only blood stains left behind. But if murder was involved where was the body? How would investigators convict any suspects without a body? This course demonstrates that evidence of fatal blood loss gathered through luminol testing and blood analysis for DNA, spatter and volume can constitute a “body” for the purpose of an indictment for murder.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Fiber Analysis

When 5-year-old Melissa Brannen disappeared from a Christmas party, the police immediately began tracing and questioning every guest. By the time they got to Cal Hughes’ house, it was 1 a.m., but they found him awake - and washing his clothes. In this course, detectives and forensic experts scrutinize the fiber evidence found during the investigation. What was found was enough to have Hughes sentenced to 50 years in prison for abduction with the intent to harm - even in the absence of the victim’s body.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Footprint Impressions Evidence

The location of footprint evidence not easily visible at the crime scene depends on the investigator first taking special precautions to preserve the evidence and protect it from inadvertent destruction. This course presents the techniques for recognizing, preserving and collecting footprint impressions at the crime scene that are not typically visible to the unaided eye.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Forensic Genetics

When Patricia and David Stallings' 4-month-old son died, Patricia was charged with and convicted of his murder. Prosecutors alleged she had poisoned the baby by putting antifreeze in his formula. Doubts about her guilt were raised after an airing of the TV program “Unsolved Mysteries”. This course discusses how the use of forensic genetics spared a young woman from spending the rest of her life in prison for a crime she didn't commit.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Forensic Geology and Odontology

Winnipeg police were both shaken and baffled when the horrifically mutilated body of Shirley Andronowich was discovered near a bar she and her husband had visited. This course applies the principles of geology and odontology along with DNA testing and fingerprinting to refute her husband’s murder confession and convict the real killer.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Geophysics and Forensic Anthropology

When Lori Keidel-Romaneck was 5 years old, she secretly witnessed her father burying her mother, Dianne, in a backyard grave, but was too frightened to tell the police until 29 years later. In this course, a police detective, a geophysicist from Necro Search International, and a forensic anthropologist use ground-penetrating radar to locate and identify the fossilized skeleton.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

High Risk Warrants

There is probably no greater adrenaline rush in law enforcement than entering a hostile environment to serve a high-risk warrant. It’ s a confrontation that pits you versus a criminal. With the stakes often being the loser’s life. Consequently, execution and adequate planning are crucial tools to ensure everyone leaves that raid alive. This course demonstrates the effective planning and execution of serving a high-risk warrant on the following premise: In any high-risk warrant situation, you have to have a plan.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Home Seizures: Illinois v. McArthur

On February 20, 2001, the United States Supreme Court, in Illinois v. McArthur, ruled that it is reasonable for the police to briefly seize a house and prevent unaccompanied entry into the house until a search warrant is obtained. This course discusses the reasons provided by the Court for its ruling and describes the impact of the Illinois v. McArthur decision on law enforcement practices.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Homicide Investigation

Do you know the three bridges that are burned in the investigation of every death? The investigation of a death is the big leagues. The stakes are high, and there is little margin for error. This course explains how to investigate a homicide, from the basic procedures that provide a solid foundation for an investigation to specific techniques learned from investigating hundreds of cases.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Identity Crimes

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America, according to the Federal Trade Commission. But identity theft is not new to law enforcement; for decades fugitives have changed their identities to avoid capture and check forgers have assumed others? identities to pass stolen or counterfeit checks. What is new is the pervasiveness of the problem. Identity theft is not a distinct crime problem; identity theft is a component of many types of crimes.

This course looks at the victim: how one becomes a victim; what the victim must do for damage control; and the steps individuals can take to lessen the odds of becoming a victim; and addresses the role of investigators, discussing the roles of federal agencies to assist local law enforcement.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Insurance Fraud

Staged accidents and vehicle theft are growing trends that affect not only insurance companies, but also law enforcement. This course examines signs that first responders can look for when arriving at the scene of a suspicious incident, and how to identify stolen autos by using the vehicle identification numbers (VINs).

Course Duration: 1.5 Hour(s)

Intelligence Gathering and the U.S. Patriot Act

On Oct. 26, 2001, President George W. Bush signed into law the U.S. Patriot Act as a means to bolster the intelligence capabilities of law enforcement post Sept. 11, 2001. It was a hastily written document that subverted the normal process of Congressional and outside review. The Act expanded all four traditional tools of surveillance used by police agencies with significantly reduced checks and balances. The Act represents one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in the post-September 11, 2001 era.

This course focuses on understanding intelligence and the U.S. Patriot Act, and the potential problems associated with the implementation of this far-reaching and expansive legislation, post Sept. 11, 2001.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Large Vehicle Bombs: Post-Blast Investigation (Modules 1–2)

Large vehicle bombs are explosive devices that are designed to destroy property or kill large numbers of personnel outside of the vehicle rather than just the passengers. Large vehicle bombs have been used by terrorist organizations for many years.

Part 1 of this multi-part series examines the advantages and limitations of forensic science, search warrant requirements, crime scene sketching, and preserving crime scene integrity. Part 2 takes an in- depth look at the approach to conducting the preliminary survey at the Oklahoma City bombing scene in 1995, as well as potential crime scene hazards and the need for universal precautions.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Mail Bombs

When a Federal Judge and an NAACP attorney are killed by mail bombs, it triggers one of the largest investigations in FBI history. This course discusses the investigation that included the combined expertise of numerous specialized units, interviews of 6,000 people, and the examination of more than one million documents. In the end, investigators identified the culprit.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)


Dario Cicolecchia went fishing one afternoon near his home in Switzerland. He never returned. Several days later, two ladies walking a dog found the body in a corn field, but there was very little evidence to explain the murder – until the medical examiner looked at the forensic evidence from Dario’s mouth. There was a microscopic clue that changed the investigation. This course examines how a missing persons case launched a new era in crime science.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Motor Vehicle Theft

Patrol officers should have a firm grounding in the basics of detecting and identifying stolen vehicles and motorcycles, but also be prepared to investigate the theft of heavy construction and farm equipment – a multibillion dollar business in its own right. This course discusses what to look for while on patrol; how to locate and validate a vehicle identification number (VIN); tools you need to make positive identification of questionable motorcycles; how to identify stolen heavy equipment; and how to complete a theft report.

Course Duration: 1.5 Hour(s)

Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy describes adults who either fabricate or actually cause illness in their own children. They do this because they crave the attention and concern of the medical staff, emergency personnel, and even family members and friends. When the baby daughter of Jim and Tanya Reid developed sleep apnea and then died, doctors declared the tragedy a case of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. But when the Reid’s young son developed the same symptoms, a suspicious healthcare worker suggested Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. This course examines how a re-evaluation of autopsy records of the Reid’s deceased daughter resulted in one charge of felony child endangerment and one charge of murder.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Open Source Investigations

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.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Post-Blast Investigation

Bombing is basically like any other crime scene. There is still the same search for general classes of evidence: fingerprints, DNA, tool marks, fabric matches. What happens with a bombing investigation is that the search for answers takes on a James Bond-like form when most of them are just common sense.

Part one of this course examines the types and effects of the most common bomb-making materials, how to identify what was used in a crime, and logistics and safety issues as related to investigations of explosions. Part two focuses on actual field exercises as officers learn post blast analysis by investigating a wide range of events in an effort to determine what type of explosive was used and what triggered the device.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Profiling Criminal Violators

Racial profiling is one of the most controversial issues facing law enforcement today. It has attracted the attention of minorities, legislators, politicians, and the courts. This course identifies the legal considerations and current trends involved in successfully profiling traffic violators for criminal investigation. Topics include the latest guidelines for placing an individual under suspicion or surveillance.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Pyroanalysis and Toxicology

When the mansion of Dr. Debora Green and her separated husband burned to ashes killing two of their three children, arson was immediately suspected. In this course, police investigators apply pyroanalysis, hair analysis and old-fashioned questioning to link Debora to the crime, and toxicology to determine that she had been slowly poisoning her unfaithful husband.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Recognizing Fraudulent Identification Documents

The Immigration and Naturalization Services Forensic Document Laboratory (FDL) is the only one in the country specializing in the examination of travel and identity documents for criminal activity. This course examines different facets of the FDL and how fraudulent document training can help law enforcement officers on a daily basis.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Retroactive Amnesia

When a young mother claimed she was knocked unconscious by a stranger who then kidnapped and killed her baby daughter, police were skeptical. When they discovered it was the second time this happened to the same woman, the circumstances were too similar to be believed. This course examines a case of retroactive amnesia; how impossible memories and a telling trash bag lead to an arrest and conviction.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Rope Analysis

Who was the sexual offender that murdered two adolescent boys in Nebraska? The key was the “junk rope” he used to tie his victims - rope made of odd scraps and mill sweepings. In this course, the police and FBI use rope analysis, psychological profiling, forensic odontology and even hypnosis to narrow their search to one man – John Joubert. But the trial did not end there. The junk rope also tied him to a previous murder in Maine.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Slow and Deliberate Searches

Stealth movement can be critical during a building search. In this course, the Orlando (FL) SWAT Team demonstrates some of the techniques used in this maneuver, including good communication, utilizing available cover, and “the Groucho walk”, or bending the knees and rolling the foot heel to toe.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

The Proper Use of Trajectory Rods

Trajectory rods are used to help determine bullet trajectories. There are a variety of different rods available. This variety is utilized for the differing conditions and materials found at crime scenes. It is important to know and understand the special techniques associated with trajectory rod use. In this course, forensic trainer and consultant Ed Hueske examines trajectory rod basics, including capabilities and limitations.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Tire Tread and Tire Track Evidence

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Tire tread evidence is some of the most often ignored evidence at crime scenes. A big part of the reason for this is the lack of proper training in the recognition and preservation of this evidence and in its perceived value (i.e., the information that can be obtained from it).

This course 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.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)


When Bobby Curley was brought to the hospital hallucinating and in extreme pain, doctors could not find the cause. At first, they diagnosed a neurological problem, but his condition deteriorated. Something he was given in the hospital wasn't curing him – it was killing him. In this course, doctors, police investigators and forensic scientists use toxicology and chemical analysis to solve a crime as clever as it was vicious, which led, five years later, to a plea-bargained conviction.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Ultraviolet Microscopy

A young woman is seen walking away from her house one morning and then disappears. Investigators find evidence suggesting that she was killed in her own bedroom. So who was the look-alike that neighbors saw that morning? And what became of the young woman’s body? This course examines the use of ultraviolet microscopy when a microscopic examination of a hair found in the woman’s hairbrush leads to a charge of murder against a local handyman.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Undercover Drug Buys

Parameters of an undercover drug buy operation must be established and a plan developed to respond to possible trouble. The undercover officer must be in control of the meeting and be prepared to make conversation while waiting for the deal to go down. This two-part course examines ways to reduce danger and how effectively communicating affects your credibility.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Undercover Drug Reversals

One of the tools at the disposal of the narcotics investigator is the reversal. Officer safety and dressing the part are integral parts of this undercover operation. With the help of the Elizabeth City Police Department, this two-part course examines basic considerations of an undercover reversal operation and identifies key officer safety and evidentiary aspects of reversal operations during actual drug reversals.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)


Effective survival techniques can prevent the tragic loss of an officer. Officer survival courses cover different weapons law enforcement professionals may employ, excessive force and off-duty survival.

Aerosol Defense Spray

The chemical aerosol is often perceived by law enforcement as a cure-all in subject control. Just "spray 'em and wait" has frequently been a tactical philosophy. This course examines aerosol application, its expected effects, and what the follow-up should be to enhance subject control.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Collapsible Baton

The collapsible baton has been around since the early 1900s but didn't gain popularity within law enforcement until the 1970s. What the collapsible baton has to offer criminal justice today is a concealable, low-profile tool that is easily carried. At the same time, when you need it you can expand it to anywhere from 16-26 inches. In this course, defensive tactics trainer Bruce Siddle demonstrates the care and use of the collapsible baton.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Combat Handcuffing

In this two-part series, Officer Robert Rail of the Northwestern University Traffic Institute demonstrates proper methods for restraining and handcuffing resistant individuals with an emphasis on reducing the risk of injury to an officer. This course also discusses how to effectively overcome possible problems that may arise during an arrest to safely bring a suspect into custody.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Command Presence

Command presence is the lowest level of force. Police recruits are taught that the presence of an officer in uniform is the first and omnipresent level of force. Command presence is important because it can mean the difference between being challenged and not being challenged. This course reviews the components that make up "command presence."

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Concealed Carry Tactics

Whether working plainclothes, undercover, or carrying off duty, police officers carrying concealed firearms must have a solid understanding of the concepts and tactics that are practical when deploying a handgun from concealment. This course uses a systematic methodology to expose officers to new concealment skills.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Concepts of the Duty Pistol Training Course

Evidence seems to show that the majority of methods and approaches we have been employing to prepare our officers to use their handguns in the real world have not been based on the realities of that world. Rather they have been based on the artificial environment of the training range and focused on training our officers on succeeding in training rather than combat.

This course examines the integrated Duty Pistol Training Course (DPTC) concept, including describing the approach and components of each of the four DPTC levels.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Confined Area Survival Tactics (Modules 1-2)

Phil Messina of Modern Warrior presents this two-part course on Confined Area Safety/Survival Tactics (CAST) that literally teaches you how to win a fight in a phone booth. The first course examines the science of influencing physical motion and high-risk physio-kinetics, effective use of time, environmental weapons, and empty-hand procedures all lead to success. The second course examines the factors involving available weapons, technical weapon defense techniques and disarmament, and physio-kinetics and positive time-framing to create a positive outcome.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s) Each

De-escalating the Use of Force

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 course 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.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Edged Weapon Defense Tactics

Too often officers who encounter knives or other cutting or stabbing instruments dismiss them as “accessories” or “tools”. They may not recognize disguised or improvised edged weapons or fully comprehend how much damage an offender can do with an edged weapon in a frighteningly short amount of time. This course examines the need to recognize the threat, how to respond to a sudden aggressive arm motion, and how to gain a positional and tactical advantage during an edged-weapon attack.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

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 electronic control devices should and should not be used, as well as where they fit into the use of force continuum.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Firearm Retention and Disarming

When an officer is present, at least one firearm is present the officer’s. Most officer contacts with the public are close up, and the officer’s firearm is usually visible. Every year, officers are killed with their own firearms or an offender’s firearm. Firearm retention and disarming needs to be a part of the skill set of every law enforcement officer. This course examines different scenarios and techniques for disarming suspects carrying firearms, how to minimize injury in highly dangerous situations, and the proper steps of the standard weapon retention technique.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Firearm Safety in the Home

While they are working, police officers understand their responsibility to protect their duty handguns from negligent or improper use. Many officers, however, often seem to forget or ignore these lessons once they arrive home from work and cross the threshold into the safety of their homes; occasionally, tragedy is the result. The purpose of this course is to assist officers in keeping themselves and the people around them safe, both on the streets and in their homes.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Firearms Training Paradigm

The reality of police firearms training is not to get involved in competition shooting. Firearm qualification that depends on shooting paper targets from long distances may be fine for firearm competitions, but it bears little resemblance to the realities of the real world. In this course, Trooper Mike Conti of the Massachusetts State Police training academy explains the hows and the whys of their new lethal force training program.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Knife Defense Tactics

A knife attack should be considered a deadly force situation. In this two-part course, Dave Smith and Bill Burroughs demonstrate different types of knife attacks and knife-defense techniques, types of edged- weapon cuts, the most dangerous to be wary of, and what to look for to avoid being surprised.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Laser Sighting Systems

Laser-sighting systems have changed considerably since their development a decade ago and their use is becoming more widespread in the U.S. This course addresses the misconceptions surrounding laser systems and provides a foundation for their appropriate and effective use.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Less Lethal Force

Since 1923 and the creation of the first civilian chemical munitions company, law enforcement has sought methods, tools, tactics, and techniques to assist them with subduing violent individuals through “less than deadly” force. This course examines both the historical and contemporary uses of oleoresin capsicum (OC-Pepper) spray, 12-gauge impact projectiles, and electro-muscular disruption systems (M26 and X26 TASERS).

Course Duration: 1.5 Hour(s)

No Regards for Human Life (Parts 1 & 2)

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Even though conducting a traffic stop is a routine part of an officer's job, an officer should never treat it as routine. 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. Forgetting that cardinal rule can cost an officer their life. This course examines some of the attitudes that can contribute to dangerous traffic stops and the possible risks associated with them.

PART II: Gun battles involving both traditional handguns and automatic assault rifles are on the rise in many cities. The same is true of car chases occurring during heavy traffic. This makes it critical that officers wear their vests at all times, understand strategies for surviving a gun battle, and know how to conduct a car chase as safely as possible.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Non-dominant Hand Skills

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 course looks at the values of developing and strengthening the non-dominant hand in those skills.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

O.C. Sprays

A popular, non-lethal option for law enforcement officers is "Oleoresin Capsicum," commonly known as O.C. or pepper-based sprays. In this two-part course, police training specialist Ed Nowicki demonstrates how effective pepper sprays can be by spraying officers who then describe the effects it is having on them. If not used incorrectly, however, O.C. sprays can have very harmful effects.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Off-Duty Survival

No matter what your job is in law enforcement, you share at least one thing with every other person who wears the badge. Sooner or later, you’re going to be off duty. And even though the uniform is left home at times, the profession is not. This course examines how to be prepared to act, if and when necessary, in an off-duty capacity.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Officer Involved Shootings

It is the most-hated call of all. When this call comes in the entire department goes into “condition red”. This two-part course examines officer down from the point of view of an officer gunned down during a “routine” traffic stop. His immediate reactions and his will to live made the difference. He kept telling himself “I will survive, I will survive”. He did and will tell you about it.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Operational Characteristics of the Pistol

Operational issues regarding the use of high levels of force to control subject violence have never before placed officers in more jeopardy to death or serious injury than they do today. This course establishes job-related protocols by examining the operational characteristics of the pistol as the core element leading to the effective use of this instrument during subject control.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Physiokinetics and Time Framing

Physiokinetics is what makes the human body function, specifically in terms of power, balance, and mobility. The concept of time framing is for every piece of time officers have, offenders have an equal piece of time. This course discusses counterattack techniques to a variety of situations without having to rely on memorizing numerous techniques, as well as making maximum use of time during a violent encounter to prevent wasted time, motion, and energy.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Physiological Response to Stress

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. Part one of this course discusses tactical thinking, decision-making processes during a threat, and the natural response of the officer's mind and body during stress. Part two examines the chemicals in the body that prompt reaction in a physical confrontation; describes the physiological activity that takes over the body once the chemical compounds are expended; defines combat stress; and illustrates what can happen to the human body after prolonged exposure to stress.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Police Shooting Tactics

Police officers train and train. They practice and practice for that day they hope will never come the day they draw their weapon and make instantaneous life or death decisions. Their training and reactions are the key elements of their survival. This course discusses the statistics surrounding officer shooting situations, identifies factors that are common to deadly incidents, and examines how to survive both the shooting and the aftermath.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Pressure Point Control Tactics

Energy and simplicity. They sound like ecological terms, but they apply to officer survival tactics, as well. It's very important when designing tactics that they are kept very simple and require very little energy over an extended period of time. This course examines the correct use of pressure point control techniques for police officers which allows them to gain compliance without injury or excessive force.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Risk Assessment

It is well known that the majority of assaults against the police occur to officers with 7 to 10 years of experience. Most often complacency is blamed on officers letting their guard down, or not following the procedures they learned in the academy. In this course, Dave Smith explains how officers may be adjusting their “risk thermostat”, taking more real risks to compensate for their perceived lack of risk on the job.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Survival Considerations for Female Officers

Women have been serving as sworn officers for nearly a century. But only recently have law enforcement agencies begun to examine the impact of gender differences on job performance. Twenty- year law enforcement veteran and training consultant Kat Kelley looks at some of the equipment and training issues addressing officer safety.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Tactical Ground fighting

Tactical ground fighting addresses the issues and strategies an officer needs to win a violent confrontation from the ground. Violent confrontations between offenders and officers commonly go to the ground. Tactical ground fighting prepares the officer to protect himself or herself while on his or her back or face down on the ground. This course discusses the use of the firearm from the ground, falling, recovering from the fall, and throws from the ground.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

The Paradigm of Pistolcraft

If you failed at doing something 85 percent of the time, would you consider yourself proficient at it? That is what police officers do in real world gunfights – they hit their intended target only 15 percent of the time. This course examines how police officers are actually trained to do what they do with their pistols, how pistol training has evolved, and the new paradigm of pistolcraft.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Use of Deadly Force: Garner v. Tennessee

The use of deadly force is a complex, emotional, and ultimately a very personal issue. The decision on when to use deadly force puts not only you and the subject at risk, but also the agency. The wrong decision can take a human life, leave emotional scars, and subject a department to huge financial claims. This course reviews some of the changes in the rules that govern police use of deadly force.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Use of Force Decision Making

Choosing the level of force appropriate to a given situation is a split-second decision-making process. In this two-part course, Dave Smith and renowned defensive tactics expert Ed Nowicki examine everyday situations and appropriate responses. They look at the rule of plus one, reaction time, and triangulation. They also discuss the importance of coordinating departmental policy with use of force training, officer safety, and the communications process.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Witness to Excessive Force

It’s an age-old question: are we our brother’s keeper? In law enforcement the answer is a resounding yes. And when it comes to situations where excessive force is used, not only are you your brother’s keeper, you are also legally responsible for your partner’s behavior. In this course, LETN’s Mark Dunston and Bill Burroughs outline some of the case law pertaining to this subject, and what every law enforcement officer’s reaction should be in these types of situations.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)


It’s impossible to predict what law enforcement officers will encounter while on patrol. These courses address the many dangers officers may face in the field and how to engage during such encounters.

Achieving Peak Performance

Performing at your best is critically important in life-threatening situations. In a step-by-step process, this course stresses the importance of power development training, visualization of threats, and values resolution to achieve peak performance.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Approaching a Suspect on Foot

Practicing tactical thinking is essential to officer safety and provides experiences for an officer to draw upon during a real-life situation. This course discusses tactical thinking strategies and relates them to approaching suspects on foot.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Basic Medical Procedures

Most law enforcement officers are not trained emergency medical personnel, but they may be the first responder at the scene of an accident. The ability to render medical aid could mean the difference between life and death. This 3-module course looks at some of the basic medical procedures needed to handle a variety of situations until EMS personnel arrive.

Course Duration: 1.5 Hour(s)

Basic Physical Conditioning

Physical conditioning is a must for law enforcement officers wanting to perform duties safely and effectively. This course demonstrates proper technique for some basic cardiovascular and weight training exercises designed to help keep them in top shape.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Basic Principles of Active Shooter Response

Lessons learned from the Columbine High School incident among others included patrol officers can no longer stand around and wait for tactical units to arrive. In an active shooter situation, officers must be trained, equipped, and willing to intervene. This course discusses dynamic marksmanship, or the ability to hit what you want while in volatile circumstances, as well as the general advantages of patrol rifles.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Bike Patrol

The success of community-oriented policing in combating crime has led law enforcement departments at all levels – municipal, county, university, and even the state level to focus on closer relationships with the citizens that they serve. One way to develop such relationships is to deploy officers on bicycles. This course discusses the advantages of bicycle patrol and when bicycle officer deployment is appropriate.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Bomb Tactics

How do you search for a bomb? What would you look for? What does a bomb look like? All questions to answer as a bomb awareness plan is taking shape. Training your supervisors or team leaders will be your first step on gaining confidence in a bomb awareness plan from everyone in the organization. This course discusses the basics of bomb awareness, and how to develop and implement a plan.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Child Abduction Response Teams (CART)

The importance of developing a Child Abduction Response Team (CART) can be shown by examining some of the history of child abductions. Research shows that most non-family child abductions are short-term and involve sexual exploitation. In the cases where the child was killed, 44 percent were murdered within 1 hour, and 74 percent were murdered within 3 hours.

This course focuses on law enforcement response to a child abduction, and how the quality of the investigative effort can have a significant impact on the ultimate outcome of the case.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Clandestine Drug Labs

Clandestine drug labs produce a significant number of fires each year. These labs often contain flammable hydrocarbons and volatile organic compounds making these types of fires a hazardous materials incident as well. This course focuses on how law enforcement and the fire service are working together to recognize hidden, illegal drug labs.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Coaching for High Quality Work Performance

How do you get the officers you supervise to improve their work performance? How can you get them to stop doing something they shouldn't, or start doing something they should? Coaching is the answer. In this course, Dr. Murlene McKinnon takes us through the steps of coaching for high quality work performance.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Commercial Vehicle Searches

The illegal drug trade is big business in the United States. Cocaine sales alone account for more than $80 billion every year in this country. Thus, drug smugglers are constantly adapting their methods to evade police detection. This course discusses common contraband concealment containers and identifiers of drug courier vehicles as well as the challenges of searching large commercial vehicles.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Communication Processes

More time is spent talking with victims, suspects, and witnesses than with any other law enforcement task. Communicating with people is the primary job of law enforcement, yet communication skills have been neglected. This course will discuss the communication process, which includes effective listening skills and the importance of nonverbal communication that aids in the compliance of subjects.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Community Injury Prevention Programs

Injuries are the leading cause of death for children between one and 14 years of age. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) responded by developing a comprehensive injury prevention program called Risk Watch.

This course provides information to children and their caregivers that enables them to avoid injury situations and take measures to correct hazards when dangerous conditions are encountered.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Conducting Traffic Stops

The routine, everyday traffic stop is the foundation of crime control. Traffic stops can generate enforcement contacts, create a heightened state of public awareness, and deter crime in general. This course provides information on what can be expected during a traffic stop, with emphasis on how to detect criminal activity, current legal issues, officer safety, and the broad importance of traffic stops as a function of law enforcement.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Core Competencies of Leadership

Leadership is all about people. It is not about organizations. It is not about plans. It is not about strategies. It is about people motivating people to get the job done. This quote by General Colin Powell describes what real leadership is all about individual actions and interactions with others.

This course defines leadership and the attributes, skills, and process of leadership. It also describes the core competencies necessary for an individual to be successful, including honesty, integrity, forward thinking, competency, and inspiration.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Crime Analysis Tools and Techniques

The crime problem has continued to grow in terms of quantity, sophistication, and complexity, thereby forcing police officers and investigators to seek additional help in enforcement techniques. The purpose of intelligence and crime analysis is to organize and manipulate massive quantities of raw information to help forecast specific future events.

This course discusses the tools commonly used in intelligence and crime analysis, including time-event charting, visual investigative analysis, telephone record analysis, link analysis, and crime mapping.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Crime Prevention in the 21st Century

Communication signals from people who cannot speak, such as infants or people who are ill or injured, are used every day. Too often, however, law enforcement officers forget about or ignore these signs when dealing with people who can speak. Full comprehension of a situation requires the total dialogue being presented - not just the words being spoken. This course will help you understand and evaluate nonverbal messages.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Crimes in Progress

A burglar is breaking into a house, and a call comes in to respond to the crime in progress. What is the plan of attack? Crimes in progress require a different approach than the typical criminal investigation of a completed crime. This course prepares law enforcement officers how to show up prepared to handle the call.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Critical Incident Stress Management

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is a comprehensive, integrated multicomponent crisis intervention system. While born of the emergency services professions, CISM has found success when applied to mass disaster settings, schools and hospitals. This course explores CISM pre-crisis planning, education, and intervention methods; discusses critical incident stress debriefing and defusing; and takes a closer look at symptom mitigation through communication and family support.

Course Duration: 1.5 Hour(s)

Danger on Traffic Stops

Police officers need to always be aware of the risks involved and take precautions to stay safe. Roughly 55 percent of police line-of-duty deaths stem from traffic stops going bad. This course focuses on three types of vehicle searches: frisk, search incident to arrest, and consent.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Domestic Violence (Modules 1-2)

Responding to a domestic disturbance is one of the most common calls that patrol officers will have. It can be a challenge identifying the primary aggressor, but domestic violence isn't limited to adults. Children are part of the equation as both psychological and physical victims. The first module reveals several steps to help law enforcement officers first determine who is the primary aggressor, and then how to interview and deal with children as eye and ear witnesses to a crime. The second discusses how to properly identify the primary aggressor in a same-sex situation, and then what happens after you make the arrest.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s) Each

Driving Safety

When responding to an emergency or chasing a suspect, safe driving can easily take a back seat to emotion and adrenaline. And hazardous, unanticipated road conditions make it even tougher to drive safely. This course discusses the various circumstances in which an officer operates a patrol vehicle and the unique hazards that surround such operation.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Drug Informants

The goal of drug enforcement is to stop the threat of those who traffic in chemical debt. Arrests and prison has an impact, but a better way is to cut off the flow of controlled substances before they reach the consumer. Drug informants play a key role in the success of any drug enforcement program. This course explores developing and setting up an effective informant program, as well as understanding the motivations that cause people to become informants.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Emergency Childbirth

Although childbirth is a rare event in law enforcement officer’s day-to-day activities, there will come a time when they will have to be prepared to help bring a new life into the world. This course discusses the anatomy of pregnancy, the stages of labor, signs and symptoms of an imminent delivery, management of normal childbirth, care of the newborn, and delivery complications.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Emergency Vehicle Evacuation

A lot of times it's the little things like staking a door or pulling off a seatbelt that will go wrong, and those things can throw off an entire encounter. This course demonstrates proper emergency vehicle evacuation when confronted by an active shooter.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Ethics in Law Enforcement

Law enforcement trainer and consultant Wally Bock and Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute Director Dr. Gary Sykes offer their views on the impact of the study of ethics on modern law enforcement and the role of the newly announced Center for Law Enforcement Ethics.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Evaluate and Use Non-Verbal Messages

Regardless of where a person comes from or what verbal language they speak, they send a very clear message without uttering a sound. This course examines how behavioral clues beyond conversation affect a law enforcement officer's ability to understand.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Explosives and Military Ordnance

First responders often encounter ordnance at the scene of emergencies. Concerned citizens also bring explosives that they or their children have found into police and fire stations. Those first on the scene need to be able to identify these explosives, as failure to do so may prove fatal.

This course examines bomb scares, the motives of bombers, triggering mechanisms, types of bomb threats, planning and equipment for bomb scares, and general search procedures.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Field Sobriety Testing

Every year countless thousands of people are killed on U.S. highways. The majority of these deaths are the result of people who drink, then drive, then kill. One of law enforcements’ top priorities is to get these people off the street. This course demonstrates ways of identifying a potential drunk driver, how to administer several field sobriety tests, and how to interpret the results to determine if a motorist is under the influence.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Foot Pursuits

As a law enforcement officer, at some point in your career you will find yourself in a foot pursuit. It could happen while responding to a burglary, or a routine traffic stop. In the heat of a chase, it's not uncommon for a person to become so zoned in on a suspect they forget the basics of officer safety.

This course examines foot pursuits and the dangers associated with them including communications, positioning, use of the environment, use of back-up officers, and strategic pre-event planning.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Geographic Information Systems and Crime Analysis

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) offer law enforcement personnel the ability to analyze information in a manner that is not practical or at least quite cumbersome in a tabular database system.

This course covers issues related to getting started with GIS including how to determine which GIS to purchase, and how the GIS will work with your department's hardware and software requirements.

Course Duration: 1.5 Hour(s)

Heart Health for Active Duty Officers

An estimated 20 percent of law enforcement officers cannot perform the strenuous and essential physical tasks required of the job. This course examines the need for physical fitness, how to obtain it, and how it helps prevent heart disease – the number one killer of law enforcement officers.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Hostage Negotiations

Think of the essential skills needed in police work. Two items that may not have topped your list are verbal skills and patience. In fact, those skills didn’t make the list at all until the late 1970s when the modern hostage negotiation team was created. In the four decades since, officers have saved countless lives by mastering the art of conversation and the use of time.

Part one of this course examines actual training of hostage negotiators and how those skills were used to diffuse actual hostage incidents. Part two focuses on fundamental training in handling critical incidents and establishing person-to-person communication.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)


Increasingly, marijuana growers are taking their plants indoors. The reason? Besides making detection more difficult, bringing the marijuana plant inside allows the grower to control the different stages of the plant's growth. Thus, creating a more plentiful and more potent crop. One method many growers have found successful is hydroponics. To put it simply, hydroponics is the growing of a plant without any soil. California Department of Justice’s Mick Mollica takes you into the world of the indoor marijuana grower, including a look at equipment used to produce marijuana and vital tips to maintain a high degree of safety.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Infectious Diseases

Communicable diseases are all around us and police officers are susceptible to these unseen contaminants. Knowledge of likely transmission sources and preventive steps that can be taken will enable police officers to prevent or minimize the likelihood of contamination. This course covers infectious diseases and how to recognize the threat, when and how to use barrier protection, and what to do if infected.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Law Enforcement Personnel Standards

Law enforcement personnel are constantly facing situations that test their personal values and moral character. As an enforcer of what is right and wrong, you are expected to adhere unquestioningly to the standards that you enforce. This course outlines 10 behaviors that will absolutely cost an officer their badge. It also identifies the governing bodies that have authority over officers, and examines the standards for commissioning, licensing, and decertifying a peace officer.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Major Supreme Court Decisions of 2004

The U.S. Supreme Court is the final arbiter for interpreting the U.S. Constitution. Many of the cases heard by the Court each year address a variety of constitutional criminal procedure issues. The Court’s decisions have an important and immediate impact on the day-to-day operations of law enforcement agencies and the individual officers whose duty it is to enforce the law. Failure to heed to the Court’s decisions can cause the exclusion of evidence, dismissal of charges, and in some instances, exposure of the agency or its officers to civil legal action for financial remedy for the violation of an individual’s constitutional rights. This course examines some of the more notable Supreme Court cases and how its rulings affect law enforcement officers.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Managing Confrontation with Communication

Whether you be an operational officer meeting the citizenry or an administrative officer having to deal with higher-end levels of communication, confrontational management and tactical communications is an extraordinarily important topic for the law enforcement community. This three-part course examines verbal and non-verbal forms of communication, coding and decoding verbal forms of communication, and anxiety reduction and the important strategy of approach to contact.

Course Duration: 1.5 Hour(s)

Mass Casualty Response

Law enforcement officers are often confronted with motor vehicle crashes in low visibility conditions. Polk County, Fla., responders were recently confronted with a worst-case scenario as 70 vehicles collided in zero visibility conditions along a heavily traveled interstate highway. This course examines the lessons learned in Polk County, and offers a glimpse of how to handle similar situations.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Mentally Ill Crisis Intervention

One of the most dangerous calls a law enforcement officer may respond to is one that involves a mentally ill person in crisis. Unfortunately, few officers are specifically trained to confidently deal with the seriously ill and handle the situation appropriately. This lack of training results in an increase in injuries and death to both the mentally ill individual and the officer. This course will examine some of the tactics and techniques that have been proven to help de-escalate these difficult and potentially dangerous situations.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Military Courtesy for Uniformed Police Person

Law enforcement agencies have adopted a paramilitary approach; however, not all officers have a military background. Few police academies train and practice with recruits on how to present themselves at funerals and other special occasions. There are certain actions that uniformed officers should perform to show respect for our country and to a fallen officer. This course teaches basic military courtesy for use by uniformed police personnel.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Natural Disasters

Tornadoes, mudslides, and eartquakes are several natural disasters that can overwhelm immediate resources in an area due to the potential number of injuries. A coordinated response along with a quick and proper assessment of the situation is critical to a successful outcome. This course prepares law enforcement personnel to have an awareness of disaster preparedness activities and be able to respond effectively and safely when called to these types of scenes.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

NHTSA Education Initiatives

Every year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) embarks on two national ad campaigns. This course highlights these two videos from NHTSA: Click it or Ticket and You Drink and Drive, You Lose. The first focuses on the need for seatbelt enforcement and public awareness, while the second examines the growing problem of intoxicated drivers and how law enforcement officers can help save lives by strictly enforcing these laws.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Non-Verbal Officer Communication

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.

This course examines a system that allows officers to communicate nonverbally using hand signals. This system is based upon the same signs used by the hearing impaired but tailored to the police world.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Officer Training Techniques

Split-second decisions are a fact of life in law enforcement and can mean the difference between life and death. This two-part course examines several scenarios with multiple outcomes based on the actions law enforcement officers take and the reactions of the suspect.

Part one allows the students to visualize what they would say, how they would react, how they would use cover, and what they would be observing. Part two continues by asking students to examine using and maintaining distance, using time as an advantage, engaging and disengaging, and using non-lethal or lethal force.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Patrol Strategies and Tactics

Knowing exactly what you're looking for and going after it can be very productive. If you drive around aimlessly, you miss crime. In part one of this course, three different types of patrol tactics are examined, including order maintenance policing, aggressive patrol, and crackdown. Part two continues with five tactics to use as an advantage: high visibility patrol, saturation patrol, directed patrol, foot patrol, and hotspots.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Physical Control of a Raging Suspect

How many times has a law enforcement officer responded to a call only to find the individual emotionally charged and out of control? It obviously can be very difficult to physically control this type of person. This course examines techniques to help control the emotionally-enraged subject.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Poison Exposure Hazards

It is important for the prehospital provider to have a general knowledge of the differences between toxic and non-toxic substances. This course discusses factors to consider during an initial encounter with a patient who may have been exposed to a toxic substance. Also provided are resources to help you determine potential toxicity of a substance and determinants that impact the decision to transport a potentially poisoned patient.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Police Response to Structure Fires

Patrol officers respond to a wide variety of calls each and every day. Their training allows them to handle almost any situation they may encounter. But there is one situation that may leave an officer feeling helpless: a structure fire.

This course examines how to respond to working structure fires, the proper considerations for vehicle placement, actions needed, and information required to fully assist fire personnel in achieving life safety and property preservation activities.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Protection of Potential and Actual Crime Scenes

A gunman opens fire at a major, international airport. Could this be the beginning of another large-scale attack? How do you control the perimeter, secure witnesses, and preserve evidence when your crime scene is LAX?

This course examines a July 4th terror attack at Los Angeles International Airport, and the lessons learned by first responders on the scene including how to protect a crime scene from unauthorized access, preserving potential evidence found on scene, dealing with potential witnesses, and a detailed description of the federal government's response and its role in crisis management and consequence management.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Pursuit Driving

Police pursuit driving can be defined as an active attempt by a law enforcement officer, operating an emergency vehicle and utilizing simultaneously all emergency equipment (blue lights and siren), to apprehend one or more occupants of another moving vehicle, when the driver of a fleeing vehicle is aware of that attempt and is resisting apprehension by maintaining or increasing his speed, disobeying traffic laws, ignoring or attempting to elude the officer. In recent years, the police have come under strict scrutiny for accidents caused during pursuits. This course provides information on police pursuits, including reasons for the pursuits, techniques of pursuit, and termination of pursuit.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Pursuit Phases and Technologies

Police pursuits are an enduring issue for law enforcement agencies. This course will discuss the phases of a pursuit; the activities and decisions that occur during each phase of pursuit; and because the goal of each pursuit is safely stopping the fleeing vehicle, current and potential vehicle-stopping technologies will be discussed.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Rapid Vehicle Takedown

Safely ending a chase before it begins can prevent unnecessary damage and loss of life. In this course, Tom Sloick of the Regional Counterdrug Training Academy discusses the concepts behind rapid vehicle takedowns, and demonstrates this specific tactic used in safely terminating a chase.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Recognizing Possible Suspects

Since the Sept. 11th terrorist activity, all of us are concerned about how are we going to be able to effectively patrol and police the civilian population? What type of awareness do law enforcement officers now need to bring in their toolboxes so that they have something they can use to identify criminal behavior? Terrorism is an enemy within the sea of people that officers observe every day. Who are the suspects and how can they be identified? This course explains the benefits of tactical thinking and observation as it relates to identifying terrorism.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Remote Area Techniques and Tactics

Law enforcement tactics can be completely different when dealing with suspects in a rural setting rather than in large metropolitan area. In this course, team members from the National Wilderness Training Center examine tactical movement as it relates to closing with suspects or objective sites in various types of terrain other than urban environments; wilderness tactics, patrolling techniques, and small-unit tactics using the example of a tactical team closes in with a threat environment; and aggressive man- tracking techniques leading to the recovery of armed and dangerous fugitives operating in remote areas.

Course Duration: 1.5 Hour(s)

Report Writing to Win Cases (Modules 1-2)

Because of the increased complexity and responsibilities of the criminal justice system, report writing has become a very important part of every law enforcement officer's job. Unfortunately, for most officers it is also one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish. In fact, a juror once asked, “Why do police officers write and speak like they don't want you to understand? What do they have against straight talk?” In this course, Dave Smith describes the formula for writing reports while incorporating the applicable principles of constitutional law.

Part II: Lt. Sam Ragland of the University of Arizona Police Department developed a formula for writing reports while incorporating the applicable principles of constitutional law. In this three-part course, LETN’s Dave Smith discusses parts of this formula, including arriving on the scene and report writing, report construction, and using informational blocks in developing reports.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s) for Module 1, 1.5 Hour(s) for Module 2

Responding to Physical Child Abuse

When law enforcement officers respond to calls involving physical child abuse, forensic collection and interview techniques are vital to the investigation. In this course, Detective Mike Johnson from the Plano (TX) Police Department takes a critical look at the investigation of SIDS and Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Safety Securing and Transporting Subjects

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 as well as correctional officers. This course discusses various techniques officers may use in order to safely secure subjects who are placed in custody.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

School Resource Officers

With the increasing amount of calls to schools in recent years, more and more agencies are installing school resource officers (SRO) on site. In addition to improving response times, SRO programs are providing even more benefits to schools, law enforcement agencies, and the communities they serve. This course identifies the benefits of installing SRO in community school systems, and examines the benefits to qualify an agency for such a program.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Sex Crimes Against Children

Child pornography is a growing problem due to proliferation of such material electronically and the perceived anonymity the Internet offers. Increasingly, law enforcement officials find themselves becoming Internet police in efforts to control the proliferation of child pornography.

Part one of this course examines the nature of the problem of child pornography, the extent of the problem, the effects of child pornography, and law enforcement efforts to combat child pornography. Part two explores the nature and dynamics of child molestation and exploitation, the dynamics of these offenses, and the tactics used by offenders.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Sex Offender Registrations

In 1996, President Clinton signed a law requiring states to notify communities when a sex offender moves in commonly referred to as Megan’s Law. This course examines the pros and the cons of this law and discusses two U.S. Supreme Court cases addressing the issue of sex offender registration. In both cases, the court upheld the practices of the government.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Sharpening Facial Recognition Skills

A law enforcement officer is having lunch. Coincidentally, across the room sits a wanted felon. Would the officer recognize him from glancing at a wanted person photo a week ago? This two-part course examines how the human brain distinguishes between similar human faces, and stores and retrieves those characteristics later; memory sharpening techniques essential for everyone in law enforcement; and how a properly maintained, regional officer alert handbook can offer an edge in visual identification while on patrol.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Single Officer Patrol

About 30 percent of police departments in this country have only one officer working per shift. Backup for these officers is either non-existent or may take a significant amount of time to arrive. It is necessary then to examine the special circumstances and strategies that can be implemented in single officer patrols. This course compares the single officer patrol with the two-officer patrol unit, and reviews best practices regarding incidents with or without the use of backup.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

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 course, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, examines investigative techniques that help law enforcement officers determine if an alien from a special interest country potentially poses a terrorist threat to the U.S.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Sudden In-Custody Death Syndrome

Sudden In-Custody Death Syndrome is a major concern for all officers facing violently resisting individuals. This course takes an in-depth look at this controversial issue, including how to assess who’s at risk, how to handle at-risk individuals, and how to minimize risk in subduing the subject.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Suicide Bombers

Suicide bombers have a history dating back to the early 1980s with well-known attacks in the Middle East. U.S. government officials speculated it is only a matter of time before suicide bombers attack on American soil. Sept. 11, 2001 proved they were right. 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.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Suicide by Cop

An officer can be a handy tool for an individual contemplating suicide. The subject knows the police are only a phone call away from any location, and they know that officers are trained to deliver deadly force. The suicide-by-cop subject also knows that they can provoke a situation where the officer will be forced to shoot them. If the officer recognizes known indicators early in a confrontation, the officer may use specific tactics in an impending suicide-by-cop incident.

This course looks at pre-incident indicators of potential suicide-by-cop events based on hundreds of incidents studied by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Tactical Felony Stops

High-risk stops are a reality for most agencies nearly every day. Yet, officers still violate basic safety protocol on a daily basis. This course examines the use of the environment, use of back-up officers, and strategic pre-event planning and critical thinking as a means to provide a heightened awareness of safety and tactics during such an engagement.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Tactical Response to Snipers and Mass Shootings

On Oct. 2, 2002, the Washington D.C. and surrounding areas were thrust into a period of shock and terror when victims began falling to an apparent sniper. The period came to an end 3 weeks later with the arrest of two suspects: John Allen Muhammad, 42, and John Lee Malvo, 17. This most recent example of a sniper attack is a terrible reminder of what officers must plan on in the course of their duties.

This course provides responders insight into what to expect when encountering a sniper attack and attacks where there are mass casualties. Tactical methods of scene approach will be reviewed, comparing the first widely known mass casualty sniper attack, the University of Texas Tower in 1966, to the more recent sniper attacks in Montgomery County, Va.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Terrorism and the Municipal Police Department

In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, we now see the troubling trend toward more destructive attacks with mass casualties. Terrorism now represents an end in itself; particularly with the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction. Terrorism poses new and serious security challenges for municipal law enforcement. This course discusses the precautionary steps every local department should take to prevent another attack.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Traffic Stops and Racial Profiling (Modules 1-3)

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. The first course is broken into two parts and will examine the practice of racial profiling as it relates to traffic stops – including the real and perceived problems facing minorities who are affected by discriminatory profiling during traffic stops and legal seizures.

Module 2 identifies the direct benefits of traffic enforcement, defines discriminatory profiling, and discusses why bias-based profiling is unethical. Module 3 discusses the constitutional and citizen rights that should be considered when officers conduct traffic stops and examines several scenarios that help identify the proper verbal approach on a traffic stop.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s) for Modules 1 & 3, 0.5 Hour(s) for Modules 2

Training Techniques: SWAT

One of LETN’s more popular and nationally-known instructors, Lt. Joe Robinson of the Orlando, Fla. Police Department, returns to give law enforcement officers invaluable training points on the art and science of training a SWAT team. This course explains the role of competency-based instruction in SWAT training and describes the key steps in developing a SWAT training program.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

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. This course offers an overview of hate crimes and extremism in the U.S., with emphasis on helping law enforcement officers identify hallmarks of extremism and react appropriately to the commission of a hate crime.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Use of Force

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Law enforcement officers in the United States are mandated by the citizens they serve, with a broad variety of functions to include fighting crime, maintaining order, providing service to others, solving community problems and – where necessary – dispensing of force. Arguably the most defining characteristic of police work is an officer’s ability to use force when enforcing the law.

While occurrences of this nature may be rare, relative to the overall number of interactions between citizens and the police, incidents involving use of force occur daily in towns and cities throughout the country.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Vehicle Compartment Searches

The manner and method in which criminals smuggle drugs into the U.S. are constantly changing and evolving in a continuing effort to avoid law enforcement detection. Looking into current trends can aid law enforcement officers in identifying methods to combat drug smuggling more effectively.

This course examines the tools and methods currently being used to search passenger and commercial vehicles; identifies common contraband concealment containers and identifiers of drug courier vehicles; and discusses the legalities and procedural use of K-9 units.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Vehicle Searches

Thousands of traffic stops occur each day in the United States. Some of these stops end with the vehicle being searched by police. This two-part course examines why it is essential for officers to be familiar with the types of vehicle searches as well as the legal requirements and permissible scope of each.

Part 1 focuses on three types of vehicle searches: frisk, search incident to arrest, and consent. In Part 2, other types of vehicle searches are discussed, including plain-view seizures, motor vehicle inventory searches, and searches involving abandoned vehicles.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Verbal Judo

Law enforcement officers are trained to defend themselves with firearms and other weapons. But statistics show that their mouth may be the most important defense of all. Studies have shown that 90 percent of a law enforcement officer's duties involve some type of verbal interaction or communication skill.

In this two-part course, Dr. George Thompson introduces the art of "Verbal Judo." He examines the proper use of verbal techniques to reduce potential conflicts, emphasizing an officer's vocal tone, pace, pitch, and voice modulation.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Visual Sense Dominance

More than 80 percent of everything a law enforcement officer perceives comes through their visual sense. The visual sense is dominant, particularly during periods of high stress. In this course, sports vision specialist Dr. Hal Breedlove discusses how the sense of sight supersedes any of the other senses to give the body the information it needs to make a decision.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Weapons of Mass Destruction Overview (Modules 1-2)

Since the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil in September 2001, agencies are increasingly realizing the threats posed by weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). Understanding the basics of WMDs, including their categorization, detection, effects, and the incident command system employed to combat them is important for line-level officers in every agency. This two-part course provides the officer with a context within which to understand weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). It also focuses on pathogens and toxins, the two major categories of biological weapons, providing an overview of the weapons/agents that fall into each category.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s) Each

WMD Decontamination Systems

When an event involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD) occurs, it’s not a fire event, a police event, or an EMS event – it’s a criminal event. Therefore, all emergency agencies and personnel must be trained on how to respond and begin a decontamination system.

In this course, a model adopted by the Southern Pennsylvania Terrorism Task Force examines the concept of mass decontamination and when mass decontamination might come into use; general rules of decontamination; the different types of contamination and the level of decontamination; how to manage WMD decontamination successfully within the scope of a crime scene investigation; and the basic guidelines for setting up a decontamination area.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Women in Law Enforcement

Traditional roles for females in law enforcement has changed over the years. No longer are they relegated to meter maid and desk duty. Today’s female professional officer is on the front lines right alongside the men, something unheard-of not too long ago. This course looks at women in law enforcement including self-assessment, communication styles, physiological differences, and planning for career advancement.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)


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