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JUL 2019

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22 POLICE JULY 2019 response in a high-pressure situation. Similarly, new simulation technologies are being introduced to put officers in life-like scenarios so they can practice both decision-making skills and tacti- cal response time. Online training software is another technology tool being leveraged to help better equip officers for real-life scenar- ios. Agencies are able to create custom- ized courses that officers can complete on their own time. When officers are completing train- ing on their own time, there are fewer distractions. Similarly, they don't need to be pulled away from their work or set aside specific days for agency-wide classroom-style training. Much like video, online training also frees up ad- ministrative man hours. Administra- tors no longer have to coordinate em- ployee schedules, find instructors for every training session, and track down classroom space. OFFICER LIABILITY As the trend of criminalization for offi- cers in use-of-force scenarios moves for- ward and standards become stricter, it is imperative that officers be aware of how these changes will affect them and the communities where they work. e more prepared we are as a profession, the bet- ter our ability to protect our officers and properly handle these high-pressure scenarios as they happen. Agencies across the nation should have a strong understanding of the technolog y available to them today to help supplement their current com- munication practices and better in- form officers, so they can perform to the very best of their ability - in any situation. Richard Beary is the chief of police emer- itus at the University of Central Florida and past president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He cur- rently serves as strategic advisor for Or- lando-based software company, Pow- erDMS. Beary has twice been awarded the Medal of Valor for Performance Un- dertaken at Great Personal Hazard, as well as other law enforcement awards. In 2017, Governor Rick Scott and the Flori- da Cabinet unanimously approved Chief Beary's nomination for induction into the Florida Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame. retirement, on-demand videos are a re- cent addition to the agency's training regimen. Brief videos, no more than 12 to 15 minutes long, are uploaded regu- larly to the police department's online PowerDMS (www.powerdms.com) pol- icy and training management system, updating officers and other personnel on new changes in training or policy. e videos are then viewed at the offi- cers' discretion and signed off on with- in the system to confirm the training is complete. Additionally, many agencies today are exploring the integration of video into hands-on learning to maximize its effectiveness. By leveraging captured video from a real-world use-of-force scenario, for example, agencies are able to incorporate a recent incident into tactical response training. e video prepares officers with the proper mind- set and makes it clear that the incident will be stressful, chaotic, and danger- ous, and that no perfect plan exists. e hands-on training then creates the muscle memory needed for a tactical with these many changes. But funding for training is often the first line item to be cut in a budget. Without fund- ing, many agencies have struggled to properly provide their officers with the tools necessary to best equip them for their work. Officers are often put into the field before they have undergone a formal training course, often relying on common sense and instinct to best do their jobs. TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP Fortunately, computer and internet technology make training easier to of- fer to officers, even when their agencies are operating under tight budget con- straints. While this is certainly not a one size fits all solution, technology can aid in the sharing of crucial content, which can help officers with everyday deci- sion-making, particularly in high-risk situations. Agencies across the country are be- coming more advanced in leveraging technology to operate more efficient- ly. e power of the cloud has been demonstrated time and again in help- ing agencies like the Baltimore Police Department better manage, distrib- ute, and track accountability for policy changes. Cloud-based software solu- tions like PowerDMS, for example, are making it more efficient and effective to share crucial content, so agencies across the country can learn from each other, whether it is a best practice or a lesson learned. Technology is also helping to make training more accessible to officers while on the job. Video is perhaps one of the strongest tools available today to help keep officers informed and learn- ing on a daily basis. Video can be quickly understood and applied to real-life scenarios. Ac- cording to Psycholog y Today, it has been proven that the brain can pro- cess video 60,000 times faster than it can process text. Additionally, for agencies with budgets that are already stretched, this form of media is a great way to maximize training practices on limited funding. Training videos can be viewed together in the company of a department supervisor or during a shift directly on the officer's mobile phone, when there is downtime. At the University of Central Florida, where I served as chief of police before PHOTO: POLICE FILE IT HAS BEEN PROVEN THAT THE BRAIN CAN PROCESS VIDEO 60,000 TIMES FASTER THAN IT CAN PROCESS TEXT. TRAINING OFFICERS MORE EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY

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