Archive for the ‘Entry Level’ Category

Its Not My Fault!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Stories about "accountability", or a lack thereof, appear regularly in the media, are frequently the topic of congressional hearings and are often the basis for civil lawsuits. We discuss accountability as a component of trustworthiness during our ethics training in the police academy. I forcefully inculcate to the ...

Online Classes Better for Some Topics

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Some folks will complain that online classes are less useful than traditional, in-classroom courses. However, that conclusion flies in the face of recent conclusions from researchers and professors who say that for certain topics, online classes work better. In fact, a recent report by the U.S. Department of Education found ...

Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

A recent 93-page report on online education, conducted by SRI International for the Department of Education, has a starchy academic title, but a most intriguing conclusion: “On average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.” The report examined the comparative research on online versus traditional classroom ...

LifeVest Could Be Mistaken For IED

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

SgtTC sent me the following warning concerning the LifeVest that I thought should be passed along to law enforcement folks. Officers should be aware that the LifeVest could be mistaken for an Improvised Explosive Device/Suicide Bomber Vest creating possible tragic consequences for the wearer, patrol officers, bomb technicians, and tactical teams. ...

Top 10 Stupid Things Barry Cooper Has Said

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

Like most cops, I was seriously pissed off when I heard about Barry Cooper and how he had gone from being a police officer to teaching criminals how to smuggle dope. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, a traitor is a traitor. And a traitor has no friends, only enemies. So ...

Revised Virginia Sexual Assault Policy Laws

Friday, September 5th, 2008

As of July 1, 2008, the Virginia laws that dictate the procedures that permit a sexual assault victim to receive a Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK) examination at a health care facility have changed. The amended law does not require the prior approval from the criminal justice system. ...

Push Yourself To Get Fit

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

The military, fire departments and police departments have something in common. They are all trying to find "a few good men or women" and they are meeting with limited success. It is not an issue of education or intelligence since there a host for well educated applicants. ...

Graffiti, Broken Windows and Criminology

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Last year, a home owner in my neighborhood erected a white, six foot, vinyl stockade fence around his back yard. The house is located on a corner lot and one side of the back yard runs along a neighborhood street. When I first saw the fence, the cop ...

Seeing Where You Have Been Is Important

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

When I was growing up, I ran around with a group of gear heads that lived and breathed cars. We were usually driving “beater” cars that we pieced together for about $100 so sometimes we did not have all of the pieces. Among the pieces that were frequently missing or ...

Effective Instruction Should Be Your Objective

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

It is no secret that top-level athletes, successful business people and achievers in all fields have at least one thing in common, they all tend to be compulsive goal-setters. They use short-term, intermediate and long-term goals to provide motivation and to serve as a road map to success. This ...

Legal Updates 2008 – NOW AVAILABLE!

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

We are pleased to announce the availability of our new on-line Legal Updates 2008 course. This course meets the DCJS legal in-service training requirements. It is also available to any agency so call for pricing details - 540.797.3853 There is even better news for those academies that run their own on-line training systems.  ...

New Law Mandates Death Notification Training

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

The 2008 Virginia General Assembly passed HB1236 that requires the Department of Criminal Justice Services to establish compulsory training standards and publish a model policy for law-enforcement personnel regarding death notifications. Fortunately, we were way ahead of the curve on this issue. The updated RLS Enterprises, Inc. on-line training curriculum ...

Pick The Hill You Want To Die On Carefully

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

I was reading the newspaper last Sunday when I came across a story that was picked up by the Associated Press about a 70-year-old Utah woman who was arrested for not watering her lawn. Over the years, I have learned to take the accuracy of newspaper articles with a ...

On-line Line of Duty Death Benefits Training – Free!

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008