News from ILEETA 2010: Closing comments
Here's what a handful of PoliceOne columnists, contributors, and contacts had to say about the recently 'wrapped' International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) conference
While we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of our coverage of ILEETA 2010, it’s appropriate to take a moment to contemplate the confab that closed on Saturday. Consequently, I spoke (and emailed) with numerous people over the weekend, and compiled a handful of their remarks below. What did you learn or hear that surprised you? What was your main take-away? Add your comments below. In the meantime, here’s what a handful of PoliceOne columnists, contributors, and contacts had to say...
Chuck Remsberg, Street Survival Seminar Co-founder and PoliceOne Senior Contributor
“A particularly good series of presentations, coordinated by Bob ‘Coach’ Lindsey, explored how officers need to prepare physically, psychologically, and financially for a successful retirement. ILEETA’s reputation for offering a can’t-miss conference was definitely reinforced during this valuable week.”
Dave Smith, PoliceOne Columnist and Street Survival Seminar Instructor
“Though its founder, Ed Nowiki, has stepped back from a leadership role, his presence was felt everywhere. This year Police One’s Calibre Press was proud to be recognized for it thirty years of service to the police community and to stand with founder Charles Remsberg and many of the other instructors from past to present was on of the highlights of the conference for me.”
Betsy Brantner Smith, Street Survival Instructor and PoliceOne Columnist
“I encourage anyone who is considering joining ILEETA and attending the 2011 conference to start planning now. It’s an experience that you won’t ever forget, and it’s worth every dollar you spend and every minute of your time.”
Chief Jeff Chudwin, Olympia Fields (Ill.) PD, and PoliceOne Contributor
“The problem each year is to make the choice of what you will attend. Beyond the formal classes, the hallway discussions were true eye openers. During a chance meeting, I spoke with a western deputy who prevailed in a true life and death hand to hand fight. His comments on the will to fight and win will not be forgotten.
“The organization and structure of the conference is superior. I have only positive things to say about ILEETA. If you are a law enforcement trainer and not a member, join now and prepare for next year’s conference.”
Capt. Travis Yates, Tulsa (Okla.) PD and PoliceOne Columnist
“Whether it’s a deadly mix of speed, intersections, and no seatbelts in vehicle related deaths, or the failure of our officers to maintain their physical and emotional health which can create a higher risk of a felonious assault, changes can be made immediately in every agency to lower the line of duty deaths. Hundreds of trainers are leaving ILEETA with the same thing in mind. Give the officers they work with and train a safer way of doing business. Thanks to ILEETA and these dedicated trainers, our profession is no doubt in a better place.”
Lt. John Bennett, Charleston (Ill.) PD and PoliceOne Contributor
Lt. Dan Marcou, La Crosse (Wis.) PD (ret.) and PoliceOne Columnist
“I learned so many things, from so many this week, that it’s hard to summarize it all. From John Farnam: ‘We don't have to be perfect, we just have to be reasonable.’ From Massad Ayoob: ‘CYA means, can you articulate? ...can you authenticate?’ From Kevin Gors: ‘Terrorism is a tactic — terrorists shoot, they bomb, and they kidnap.’ From Chuck Soltys: ‘The vocabulary that comes out of your mouth better be vocabulary you do not mind hearing again ...like in court, or on CNN.’ From Dr. Alexis Artwohl: ‘People may not remember what you said, but they will remember how you made them feel.’ And now, to any bad guy who wants me to surrender and give up my badge and gun I can say to them, ‘Molon Lave.’ They may not know that basically means, ‘come and get them’ but because I’ve attended the session given by Valerie Van Brocklin, I do.
“What can I say? It was a great week spent with great people, learning many great things.”
Gary T. Klugiewicz, PoliceOne Contributor and Advisory Board Member
“I was personally gratified that Chuck Remsberg was recognized for his 30 years of contribution to officer survival. Walking up to get the award with Chuck Remsberg, Dave and Betsy Smith, Dave Grossi, and Jim Glennon was a great honor. The Street Survival Seminar continues to provide officers with the latest in tactical information and tactics, and I’m proud to be a part of the Street Survival movement.
“Finally, I presented a class on Tactical Communication that focused on how to integrate communication skills into defensive tactics, deadly force decision making, stabilization, and subject debriefing. Tactical Communication has to be practiced under stress, in the context of a confrontation, to be effective, and your verbal skills need to be incorporated into report writing to assist in justifying your force response.”
Chris Ghannam, PoliceOne Contributor and President of Sark Securities
“I had to take a step back and really try to understand what Brian had just accomplished with a few sincere words of heartfelt appreciation. How many officers, administrative staff and support personnel have we failed to recognize? Every year I look for that golden nugget of wisdom. This year my professional lesson didn’t come in the form of a tactic, technique or procedure; it came through witnessing a rare form of gratitude.
Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Senior Editor, Yours Humbly and Truly
“Most importantly, as invaluable and informative the sessions were — and they were incredible — what I cherish most are the conversations I had in the hallways, over lunches and dinners, and with mugs of Ram’s best brews in my hand. I shook hands with (and in some cases, hugged) people who I’ve only known by phone or email. I was delighted to have deep discussions with dozens of wonderful folks who I otherwise never would have had the opportunity to meet. One of those people — someone who I happily now count among my friends — is Andy Brown, a Sector Enforcement Specialist with Customs and Border Patrol. You can read a little about Andy here, or over on his own website.
“Those interpersonal encounters — whether planned or purely by chance — were the highlight of my week.”
Andy Brown, PoliceOne Member and Sheepdog
“It was more than an educational chance to network with other trainers — it was a positive, motivating, and fun experience — I would encourage anyone to make arrangements for the next conference.”
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