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Dynamic Police Training

1st Edition

By Ann R. Bumbak

CRC Press

182 pages | 26 B/W Illus.

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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


About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science