5 memorable moments from ILEETA 2012
Despite budget cuts, this year was the second-most-highly attended, with around 800 participants
As usual, I was in attendance at the annual International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) conference just outside Chicago in April. I have belonged to ILEETA since its beginnings, and having only missed one annual conferences, consider it a “must see” each year.
Despite budget cuts, this year was the second-most-highly attended, with around 800 participants. As always, the conference brought top notch trainers and training together for an exchange of ideas, tactics and philosophies. The week was full days, and sometimes, nights of training.
There was time for some socializing, and on Tuesday evening PoliceOne Editor in Chief Doug Wyllie brought together about a dozen and a half Columnists and Contributors for what has become his annual ‘Thank You’ dinner.
It is always a memorable evening, but how could sitting across from Dave and Betsy Smith for dinner be anything else!
Here are a few other memorable moments from the week.
Always the Warrior at Every Age by Bob “Coach” Lindsey
To summarize his presentation, as you age you remain a warrior. How you go about that will require you to adapt and change as you go through the years, continuing to exercise your mind and your body as your path through life lengthens. It requires that you prepare for the eventualities of a long life by being honest about the ultimate outcome.
Prepare your legacy, how you want to be remembered, by mentoring those around you to carry on in your absence.
Live a warrior’s life, leave a warrior’s legacy.
The Legacy of Lakewood: Will We Rise to the Challenge by Brian McKenna
He then chronicled the shooting of the cop killer by Seattle Officer Ben Kelly. He cited Kelly’s preparation and awareness as keys to his survival that night.
This presentation, one of Brian’s many Officer Down articles that he has written over the years, provided in depth analysis of officer involved shootings. Brian’s dedication to dissect these situations for the benefit of all law enforcement officers is greatly appreciated which was evidenced by the large number of trainers who attended the presentation.
Emotional Warrior Training: Combating Stress by Lisa Wimberger
The highlight of the class for me was being lead by Wimberger through a mental exercise to reduce stress by identifying a specific stressor, mentally removing it and replacing it with a positive suggestion. Wimberger explained that you can “re-wire” the brain through neuroplasticity exercises like this to improve your mental health and reduce stress and what cop doesn’t need a little (or a lot) of that.
Officer Road Kill on the Information Highway by Val Van Brocklin
I know when I go to see her I will laugh harder and end up thinking more about her subject than any other presenter.
Here are a couple of tips:
1.) What you have on your social networking sites is not private. It is discoverable evidence. In a recent shooting all 57 officers who responded to the scene had their Facebook account information requested by the family of the suspect.
Enhancing Motor Skill Learning by Lou Ann Hamblin and Kathleen Vonk
The class included a number of drills for improving motor skills involving teeter boards, strobe lights, memory drills and competition. Neither is a stranger to P1 members. Just go up to search, type in their names and a wealth of useful information regarding police training is there.
This is by no means the extent of the training I attended during the week, just a slice. I always leave ILEETA with a head full of facts, ideas and questions, recharged and ready to continue the task of trying to make myself, my students and my readers better at what they do.
Another high point of the conference was being present to see my friend, John Bostain receive the Trainer of the Year Award from Law Officer Editor Dale Stockton. John was cited for his efforts as a trainer, among them training more than 2,000 officers in the Below 100 Initiative and he richly deserves the award. John let me know that the ideas that I wrote about in the P1 article, “Permission and Promises” have been added to the Below 100 training.
It starts with good training, continues with each of us mentoring one another on staying safe and ultimately ends with the choices you make each day to stay safe.
Train hard — for the day will come.
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