The law enforcement profession is facing so many obstacles – civil unrest and political tension, pandemic restrictions, budget allocation, mass attrition – which makes one somewhat doubt if there really is some way to resolve all these challenges. Rich LeCates proposes a solution to address these through effective training adapted to current times.
Rich spent over 10 years with the Clayton County, Georgia Police Department where he co-founded an Intelligence and Analytics Unit, authored programs, and in-house solutions, and left in 2017 as a Lieutenant Commander. On top of this, he has an established software development background, with over 15 years of corporate IT experience.
This session’s discussion covered:
- A look into the current training process for law enforcement.
- How existing training arrangements inhibit success by limiting the availability and accessibility of the training offerings.
- How an online training management platform like Vector can make training available, accessible, continuous, and more effective.
- A deep dive into the current challenges that law enforcement is facing.
- Defunding – beyond the defunding movement but the incremental budget and resources reduction that’s been happening for years.
- The exodus of cops that were mass-recruited in the 90s.
- Attrition in form of officers who are seeing the reality of the profession or no longer see public safety as a sustainable career.
- Diminishing experience in the workforce and leadership as those with significant knowledge and experience are leaving for more lucrative opportunities.
- A shrinking candidate pool due to scrutiny of the public safety profession which results in lowered hiring standards.
- Why a comprehensive and accessible learning management system is no longer a luxury but a necessity.
- Recognizing the roots of criminal behavior beyond the deficiencies of public safety, focusing on a preventative approach instead of a defensive strategy solely borne by law enforcement.
- Unpacking the value of investing in training by looking at it as…
- Mitigated liability for the agency by ensuring officer and community safety.
- Stake in your personnel and a message of value.
- An improvement in response and investment in the community.
- Factors to take into account to ensure that an implemented training program is effective in real-life and does not create a sense of dread, doubt, or exclusion.
- Juxtaposing the common training constraints as staffing and budget to the expectations of the public from their public safety entities.
- Other training opportunities for other segments of the community that supports public safety.
- Closing the gap between law enforcement and the public through small changes backed by effective training and a shared goal of safer communities.
Questions raised by the webinar attendees were on:
- The concept of micro-learning.
- Succession and attrition plan for agencies.
- Informal and formal training.
Other Webinars in this Series:
- The Future of De-Escalation Training for Law Enforcement
- How Should We Train Officers for Long-Term and Fulfilling Careers?
- June 9: Becoming a First-Line Supervisor: Characteristics, Training, and Challenges
- Aug 4: Is Your Training Program Up to Par? Investment in Your Training Program to Produce the Best Results (this webinar)
- “Knowledge is power, having the knowledge and not passing it on to others is not progressive.” — Mataniah
- “Thank you for a very knowledgeable presenter. Roll Call is a good place for training, but only part of the solution. Start training TODAY!” — Roseann
- “Well-organized and experienced in the subject matter.” — Floyd
- “Lots of best practices.” — Matthew
- “The point of adapting the training and making sure we are using resources other than just a classroom to train was great information and useful advice! I’m looking forward to modifying our training and using different ways of presenting the training topics that we need to teach. Thank you!” — Nakia