About the PoliceOne Academy
Law enforcement today is faced with unprecedented challenges, including new threats, substantial budget cuts and increasing levels of liability. Launched in January 2011, the PoliceOne Academy addresses the gap between law enforcement department budgets and the need to provide ongoing high quality training to officers. The PoliceOne Academy currently offers more than 500 short-format training courses, 75 one-hour courses and a repository of nearly 600 training videos featuring more than 120 well-respected law enforcement industry experts. Our service is used by more than 10,000 officers across the country, and can be used for continuing education credit in more than 20 states.
Our cutting-edge technology and rich online media experience cost-effectively address training needs, and compliance requirements. The PoliceOne Academy delivers continuing education that assists all levels of law enforcement in better serving their communities.
“PoliceOne Academy is an excellent resource for any size agency. Having these excellent training aids available online is a valuable resource. I found the video segments to be well-produced, comprehensive, and included current methodology.”
GREG GLASSOCK, ICP Firearms Instructor, WA State Criminal Justice Training Commission
With more than 400,000 registered members, PoliceOne.com is the leading website in the world for law enforcement. PoliceOne provides law enforcement-specific resources designed to help officers stay safe on the streets and more effectively protect their communities. PoliceOne is the only site to confirm the law enforcement status of all members, creating a trusted and safe community for the exchange and discussion of key law enforcement issues, including breaking news, top products and important officer safety strategies.
About the PoliceOne Academy Team
Alex Ford, CEO
As CEO, Alex oversees the PoliceOne Academy. A co-founder of the Praetorian Group, Alex has been developing web sites and online technology for law enforcement and public safety for the past twelve years and highly committed to providing the information and tools that first responders need to better protect their communities and come home safe at the end of the day. He’s widely recognized as one of the leading minds in bringing online technology to the challenges first responders' face on a day to day basis. He has also served as the primary product architect behind PoliceOne.com, Blutube.com, PoliceGrantsHelp.com, the PoliceOne Academy and the numerous other public safety website that Praetorian has created. He has led Praetorian to a growth rate of more than 25 percent per year, with 20 straight quarters of profitability and national recognition as the recipient of U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 2013 small business of the year award.
Nicole Forzano, Director
Nicole Forzano oversees all processes of content development for the PoliceOne Academy and works with state accrediting bodies to certify Praetorian Group online training for law enforcement continuing education credits. Nicole is heavily involved in the development phase working with the Training Coordinator, Advisory Board, and all members of the Content & Curriculum Development Team to assure quality content is produced and updated consistently. Nicole has extensive background producing video and online training for Law Enforcement. Previously, she was a project manager with Digital OutPost, Inc., in California and oversaw the development of 40+ two-hour law enforcement training videos for the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (CalPOST) telecourse program, as well as numerous grant video projects and two volumes of mandated training video packages. Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication from California State University Hayward.
Meredith Hesby, Account Manager
Meredith Hesby manages the day to day needs of current PoliceOne Academy clients, while also maintaining the video and course library and assisting with the continued development of the Academy. Meredith has a background in customer success management and communications, specifically in the law enforcement industry. Previously, she was the Communications and Program Coordinator for the California Police Chiefs Association where she handled membership needs, organized annual training sessions, and provided communication efforts for the Association. She is a graduate of California State University Sacramento where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations.
Barbara Harris, Lead Curriculum Designer
As a Lead Curriculum Designer, Barbara (Barb) Harris authors content and objectives and builds lesson plans and tests for the Praetorian Group short format online training. As a 30 year veteran police officer, Barb has worked in almost every law enforcement capacity and type of agency. She began her career at the Tucson Police Department working as a dispatcher, officer, detective and sergeant. She then moved to Missouri and became the Chief Deputy at the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. When her family relocated to Illinois, Barb became an Academy Training Instructor and Community Policing Liaison for the Illinois State Police. After moving back to Arizona, Barb became the Commander and Interim Chief at Pima Community College Department of Public Safety, then retired as an Assistant Chief of the Marana (AZ) PD in 2009. Barb has been a certified police instructor and curriculum development specialist for over twenty-five years, teaching courses in Critical Incident Response, Career Survival, Recruiting and Retaining Quality Employees, Defensive Tactics, Community Policing, and Physical Fitness. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Staff and Command, the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Program and the Southwest Command College.