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Kathy Vonk: Innovations in Police Academy Training

Ann Arbor Police Officer and Trainer for LOUKA Tactical and the Washtenaw Community College Police Academy Kathy Vonk talks to PoliceOne TV's Dave Smith about the importance of customizing your academy's program to meet the needs of your cadets. By evaluating their strengths and weaknesses from the beginning you can create a much more effective regimen that keeps the trainees working constantly towards higher levels of fitness.

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About Kathleen Vonk:

Kathleen Vonk has been a certified police officer in the state of Michigan since 1988. She is an adjunct instructor for Team One Network teaching officer survival skills courses, and has taught survival and pistol courses for Heckler & Koch International Training Division (H&K). She is a certified firearms instructor, H&K Pistol Instructor, RedMan Simulation Training Instructor, Simunition Supervisor, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist(CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Health Promotion Director by the Cooper Institute, and is an FTO for her agency. She is a former NCAA Division I and II athlete in the sports of volleyball and softball. Learn more at loukatactical.com.

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Dave Plettl: Fitness for Lower Back Strength & Flexibility

The number two cause of medical retirement for Law Enforcement is lower back problems. PoliceOneTV's Dave Smith meets with Dave Plettl, trainer from Titus Fitness and the Protectors Program, to discuss these issues and learn about some preventative fitness tips you can use next time you're at the gym.

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Mark Stephenson: National Strength and Conditioning Assoc.

One of the nation's leading associations for strength and conditioning professionals has put its efforts into developing specific training for men and women who rely on their high levels of fitness for life-and-death situations instead of sports! Mark Stephenson explains the development of the course and how you can find out more.

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Fitness with Di Naso: Self Assessment

What is your level of “functional” fitness? Take this simple test.


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About James Di Naso:

James Di Naso is co-owner and police performance director of Police Kinesiology Co. and an instructor for North East Multi-Regional Training Inc., a regional police academy in Illinois.

James is a member of the American Society for Law Enforcement Training and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association and has presented at both organizations’ annual conferences. He has trained hundreds of federal, state, county and city law enforcement officers over the past three years.

Before focusing his efforts on training law enforcement officers, James worked for 15 years as a sports performance coach training athletes at every level, including professional athletes from the National Football League and Major League Baseball. James holds a master’s degree in exercise science from Eastern Illinois University as well as professional certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the United States Weightlifting Federation.





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