Free and Low-Cost Training for Law Enforcement
Here is a follow-up to last month's article, "Active Shooter Training; At What Cost?" This month we are featuring an excellent resource article on law enforcement training offered from various sources on-line, in the cloud, via podcast, by power point slides, and in multiple languages. An advisory note, not all the training described in the article may be credit-eligible by your department. If you are seeking credit, be sure to check with your training authority and read the fine print.
Special thanks to Leischen Stelter at American Military University for allowing us to republish the article.
By Matthew Loux
Criminal justice faculty at American Military University
For law enforcement officers, training is critical to begin or advance one's career. However, many police departments, Sheriff's departments, and state and federal agencies continue to cut their training programs in an effort to tighten their budgets. As a result, many officers need to start taking advantage of free programs to get the training they need.
Most states require sponsored continuing education requirements for law enforcement officers. Below are several resources for law enforcement officers to obtain such continuing education credits. Keep in mind that officers who find useful training from these organizations still need to get authorization from their training coordinator for it to be accepted as credit-worthy training. However, even if it is not authorized, many of these resources and programs can still be beneficial for career advancement ... click to continue.
Citizens Submit Their Questions
The questions below were asked (submitted) by non public safety professionals. We found some of the questions to be interesting, funny, and some insightful. Click on the answer to read responses or add your own.
Q: How are firefighters trained?
Q: If a police officer told you to empty your pockets, what are you most likely to have in them?
Q: What kinds of technology do firefighters use, and how does it help them on the job?
Q: Why don't police actually enforce the speed limits on signs?
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Drager's comprehensive portfolio of both Class A and B professional fire training props, as well as custom configurable SCBA confidence mazes, allow solutions that are tailored to the unique needs of individual fire departments, giving Fire Fighters the ability to practice in a safe environment. Whether you are looking for a fixed or mobile solution, let the experts at Drager help you design the solution that is right for you.
ResponderGateway.net has been designed to make it easy to find exactly what's going on in the world of the emergency responder. One place. One stop. One source. This site is a great resource for anyone who wants to stay up to date about various subjects within the first responder industry and doesn't have time to waste.
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