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July 06, 2009

Kathy Vonk: Structuring Your Academy Program

Many police academies fail to have adequate structure in their day-to-day routine. Kathy Vonk, police officer and Lead Fitness Instructor at Washtenaw Community College Police Academy, talks about how structure is the key to a successful academy. She discusses how rigidity gives cadets a better sense of their regular responibilites that they can take away with them after graduation and into the field.

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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.

July 06, 2009

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.

July 06, 2009

Raising Awareness for the Special Olympics & Torch Run

In this video, hear from some law enforcement and corrections officers who are regular supporters of the Special Olympics about what role it plays in their lives. Also get to know Tyler, an athlete and coach for the Special Olympics.

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June 22, 2009

The Special Olympics Torch Run

The Law Enforcement Torch Run State Director for Wisconsin, Dep. Ray Merlin, shares some of his favorite aspects of this Special Olympics event with PoliceOneTV's Dave Smith. Merlin and Smith discuss some of their favorite memories from being involved in this inspirational, emotional event.

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June 15, 2009

Perspectives: Mike Schmitz - Background Investigations

PoliceOneTV's Dave Smith interviews Sgt. Mike Schmitz of the Milwaukee Police Department regarding the issues to consider when conducting a background check. Schmitz brings up issues of rights and responsibilities, and what you can do to prepare yourself for conducting the investigation.

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June 08, 2009

Chris Jaekl: Preparing to Win the Gunfight

Sgt. Chris Jaekl of the New Berlin PD teaches PoliceOneTV's Dave Smith some preshift training drills that you can complete in less than 5 minutes to ensure that you are mentally and physically prepared to win the gunfight out on the street.

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June 08, 2009

Law Enforcement and the Special Olympics

Kelly Koeppling of the Special Olympics Organization discusses the ways that law enforcement officers from around the world support the Special Olympics, particularly through the Torch Run. More than 85,000 officers take part in this unifying, rewarding event.

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June 02, 2009

Gary Monreal: Shooting Tactics - Multiple Officers in Close Quarters Secure - Login Required

PoliceOneTV's Dave Smith and Gary Monreal of the New Berlin PD run through a scrimmage-type drill to help you prepare for one of the most important and dangerous situations you might face: an active shooter. Go beyond range training and learn to control your weapon in a realistic scenario with the same dynamics you may face in a risky call. This video is secure for law enforcement only.

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June 02, 2009

Jake Drahonovsky: Surviving a Jail Stabbing Assault

Jake Drahonovsky of the Waukesha Sheriff's Department illustrates how simple objects can be dangerous in the hands of the wrong person. Hear his incredible story of being assaulted and stabbed by an inmate armed with a pencil.

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