1st Edition

Dynamic Police Training

ISBN 9781439815878
Published September 15, 2010 by Routledge
182 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

USD $89.95

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Book Description

As police work has become increasingly professionalized, classrooms have become a preferred environment for training. However, the best preparation for police work has traditionally been conducted on the job. Dynamic Police Training partners the experienced law enforcement officer’s "street-smart" perspective of what makes training work with a professional educator’s "book-smart" approach to writing curriculum to achieve the best results in police training programs.

A results-oriented handbook for police trainers seeking clear and definitive information on curriculum development, the book facilitates training designed to develop students’ critical thinking skills, physical competencies, and in-depth understanding of concepts such as use of force, consequences of failure, and value-based judgment. Authored by a former police officer and trainer with over 14 years of experience in the field and the classroom, this volume:


  • Examines the typical strengths and limitations of police trainers and describes how to build on existing skills
  • Explains how to go beyond the lecture and slide show format to make police training an interactive and thought-provoking experience for students
  • Translates the theoretical basis of cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills training into police-oriented language
  • Outlines the methods for developing high-quality law enforcement instructional content
  • Provides a step-by-step construction guide for law enforcement lesson plan development with versatile templates included for the reader’s use

Understanding how to write an interactive curriculum that allows police officers to achieve mastery of skills in the classroom is what differentiates outstanding training from the mediocre. Dynamic Police Training helps police trainers who deliver, revise, or develop training programs in the academy and beyond, enabling them to achieve top-notch training results within the confines of the classroom setting that translate into real results on the street.

Table of Contents

The Current State of Police Training Programs
The Historical Approach to Training
Changing Demographics of Police Populations
Knowing Our Limitations
A Downward Spiral
The Challenges Ahead
A Starting Point
Historical Perspectives on Police Training
Training Soldiers and Police: Parallels and Contrasts
The Traditional Approach
The Role of the Media
Evolving Approaches to Police Training
The Challenge of Diversity
The Educated Recruit
Surviving Field Training
Four Steps to Initiating Change in Instructional Programs
Skinning the Cat
Choice A: You Will Tell Them
Choice B: Some Will Tell You
Choice C: All Will Show and Tell You
Stop Lecturing
An Accurate Mirror
Trusting in Trainer Ingenuity
A Training Experiment
Addressing Adult Learning Styles
Visual Learners
Auditory Learners
Kinesthetic Learners
A Study in Techniques
Beyond the Slide Show: Visual Techniques
Hearing What Is Said: Auditory Techniques
Feeling the Gist: Kinesthetic Techniques
Bringing It All Together
A Revision Challenge
Law Enforcement Curriculum Development Overview
Qualities of Police Performance Objectives
Objectives Are Student Focused
Objectives Are Unbiased and Measurable
Police Training Lesson Plans: Basics
Lesson 1: The "Four Corners" Rule
Lesson 2: Portability
Lesson 3: Anonymity
Six Levels of Understanding: Police Cognitive Skills Training
Applying Bloom’s Taxonomy
Cognitive Level One: Knowledge
Cognitive Level Two: Comprehension
Cognitive Level Three: Application
Cognitive Level Four: Analysis
Cognitive Level Five: Evaluation
Cognitive Level Six: Synthesis
Final Commentary on Cognitive Skills Training
Five Levels of Internal Change: Police Affective Skills Training
Affective Level One: Receiving Data
Affective Level Two: Responding to Data
Affective Level Three: Valuing Data
Affective Level Four: Organizing Data
Affective Level Five: Characterizing Data or Values
Final Commentary on Affective Skills Training
Five Levels of Ability: Police Psychomotor Skills Training
Psychomotor Level One: Perception of Need for Action
Psychomotor Level Two: Ready for Action
Psychomotor Level Three: Guided Action
Psychomotor Level Four: Habit of Action
Psychomotor Level Five: Independent Action
Final Commentary on Psychomotor Skills
Basic Instructional Methodology for Law Enforcement Training
Case Study/Critical Incident
Case Study: Hope v. Pelzer
Final Commentary on Basic Instructional Methods
Intermediate Instructional Techniques
Final Commentary on Dramatic Methods
Construction of Law Enforcement Lesson Plans: Preliminary Development
Developing Anticipatory Sets
Writing Valid Objectives for Law Enforcement
Developing Quality Content
Chemistry versus Control
Writing Quality Content
Research-Based Content
Documenting Research and Sources
Developing Teaching Points
Enhancing Instruction: Approaches to Ancillary Development
A Dual Purpose
Using Exploratory Tasks
Developing Insightful Exercises
Right and Wrong Examples
Current and Future Trends in Police Training
Scenario-Based Learning
Writing SBL Objectives
A Model of Excellence: Howard County, Maryland
Virtual Reality
E-Learning and Computer-Based Training
Selected Bibliography

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Ann R. Bumbak began her career in law enforcement in 1990 as a police/fire/EMS dispatcher in Texas. After completing her undergraduate work, she joined the Dallas Police Department as a recruit. She rose to the rank of Senior Corporal while assigned to the Northeast Bureau, working in patrol as a field training officer. After the events of 9/11, she subsequently served as an undercover federal air marshal. Since leaving law enforcement fieldwork, she has been dedicated to improving police training programs, as a trainer, evaluator, and consultant in federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. She has been privileged to work with a host of diverse agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, State of Maryland, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Drug Enforcement Administration, to design quality educational solutions for law enforcement.