04/26/2009

Betsy Brantner SmithSurvival Insights
with Betsy Brantner Smith

News from ILEETA: A week of teaching and learning

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The last two days of ILEETA 2009 were so packed with great training and information that it was difficult to decide what to attend! Laura Scarry’s course on “The Top 10 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know” took on special significance in the wake of Gant v. Arizona. Steve Jimmerfield’s courses on all weather ground fighting skills (which I once attended in Anchorage, Alaska!) were very popular since ILEETA attendees come from all over the world and work in many extreme climates.

P1TV’s own “Little Joe” Fererra taught “Understanding Reaction, Moving, and Response Time” and CorrectionOne’s Gary Kluglewicz’s instructed his “Verbal Judo” course.

Attendees were bused to the nearby Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy for various live fire and certification courses, and back at the conference center Rick Guilbault from TASER International provided training updates for TASER instructors and end users. The final day ended with Jeff Fackler and Dr. Minshon Chiou discussing the future of body armor technology. In the past 10 years, 118 police officers have lost their lives after being shot in areas of the torso that were not covered by their soft body armor, making this an extremely relevant topic for all of us.

Congratulations to Ed Nowicki and Harvey Heddon for another incredible conference. This long, intense week ended as it began, with the goal to keep the men and women of law enforcement safe, healthy, and equipped to WIN!

About the author

Sergeant Betsy Smith has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, retiring as a patrol supervisor in a large Chicago suburb. A graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety's School of Staff and Command and a Street Survival seminar instructor for more than 9 years, Betsy is now a speaker, author and a primary PoliceOne Academy consultant. Visit Betsy's website at www.femaleforces.com.

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