Course Catalog

 

 

Policing Domestic Violence: Evidence-Based Practices

Instructor(s):

  • Dr. Richard Johnson
    Chief Academic Officer

This course introduces law enforcement personnel to effective, evidence-based strategies for policing domestic violence in a way that improves officer safety, increases victim safety, and seeks offender accountability regarding crimes of intimate partner violence. Using empirical research findings as a foundation, this course will expose officers to four types of intimate partner violence batterers. The course will reveal how each batterer type developed differently responds differently to criminal justice interventions. It will discuss what evidence-based actions officers can take to increase the likelihood the victim will cooperate with the prosecution process and leave the relationship for good. It will reveal the factors that increase the likelihood an officer will be assaulted at the scene, and the factors correlated with officer survival of assaults at these calls. It will address how to use information and physical evidence to help determine which party was the primary aggressor. Finally, it will discuss how to present documentation of the incident in a manner that best increases the chances for prosecution and conviction. This course is appropriate for any law enforcement personnel, including probation officers and prosecutors, who deal with cases of intimate partner violence.

Homicide Investigation: Seeking Justice and Finding Truth

Instructor(s):

  • Linda R. Netzel
  • Daniel E. Sosnowski
    SOS Services, Inc., GA
  • Lisa Mayhew, MS
  • Everett C. Babcock
    Sgt., Kansas City Police Department, MO

This is a comprehensive course on how to investigate homicides and other suspicious deaths. Through the use of classroom lectures, video segments, photographs, case study exercises, and hands-on practical exercises, attendees will be provided with a thorough education in the specific techniques involved in these types of investigations. Taught by instructors with extensive backgrounds in death investigations, this course will cover such topics as initial response and securing the scene, crime scene search methods, obtaining search warrants, identifying and preserving forensic evidence, witness interviews, suspect interrogations, report writing, and testifying. The course will also discuss suicides, death investigations involving children, and the capabilities of forensic evidence analysis. Throughout this course an emphasis is placed on protecting constitutional rights, seeking the truth, avoiding false confessions, and respecting the victim’s family. This course is intentionally designed for law enforcement officers from all sizes of agencies that might be tasked with a death investigation.

Body-Worn Cameras, Civilian Recordings and Social Media—New Legal Challenges

Instructor(s):

  • Matt Dolan
    Attorney & Director, Dolan Consulting Group, NC

A new level of society-wide transparency has accompanied technological developments in recording and in individuals’ ability to engage in public expression through social media. This has presented law enforcement agencies with new opportunities in identifying suspects, solving crimes and holding officers accountable to agency standards of conduct. It has also presented these agencies with significant challenges. Most notable of these challenges is a level of transparency and scrutiny for officers—on and off the job—that is unprecedented.

Community Policing: Winning Back Your Community

Instructor(s):

  • Harry P. Dolan
    Chief of Police, Raleigh Police Department, NC (Ret.)
  • Dr. Richard Johnson
    Chief Academic Officer

Police-community relations is, by all accounts, the most critical issue facing law enforcement in America today. This training seminar presents law enforcement leaders with solutions, based on empirical research and actual practice, for improving citizen satisfaction, citizen confidence, and citizen support for law enforcement officers. This training utilizes the findings from social scientific research to identify what factors influence citizen satisfaction with the police, then provides real-life case study examples to illustrate each of the solutions identified by the research. This training is suited for law enforcement leaders of any rank who engage in directing agency operations and assist in forming departmental policies.

Community-Oriented Policing & Problem Solving: “The Past, Present, and Future of Law Enforcement”

Instructor(s):

  • Harry P. Dolan
    Chief of Police, Raleigh Police Department, NC (Ret.)
  • Bill Bongle
    Captain, Green Bay Police Department, WI (Ret.)

Many law enforcement agencies have a reputation of being progressive, forward-thinking and community-oriented. This course was created to help secure and strengthen this reputation with regard to community-oriented policing and problem solving.

Officer and Agency Wellness—Hiring and Retiring Healthy®

Instructor(s):

  • Brian Nanavaty
    Captain, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, IN

According to American Police Beat “somewhere between 2-6 times more officers kill themselves each year than are killed by the bad guys.” Thousands of officers are currently in crisis—experiencing trauma, family and financial distress, behavioral health challenges, substance abuse and other health issues. Employee wellness programs shouldn’t wait for crisis to occur, but should begin during the hiring process and continue through retirement. Both preventative programs and crisis intervention should be utilized to influence the professional and personal lives of employees and their families. When organizations identify healthy applicants and partner with health professionals to maintain employee health, these organizations have the potential to improve morale and productivity while reducing complaints and liability.

Developing Organizational Performance Leadership