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April 02, 2009
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Betsy Brantner Smith Survival Insights
with Betsy Brantner Smith

News from TREXPO: Teaching at TREXPO

Being asked to present at TREXPO is extremely exciting for any trainer. I developed the “Training and Managing the Female Crimefighter” course specifically for TREXPO West to give attendees a first-hand look at exactly what trainers, managers, and supervisors can learn from attending the Calibre Press “Street Survival for Women” course.

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The class begins by talking about the history of not only women in law enforcement but the history of women as warriors. We highlight the differences between men and women from both a training and a management perspective, using the science of the brain and the body to talk about human performance factors and why there are times when men and women can benefit from being trained and managed differently.

Using lots of audience interaction, we then move into communications issues, including answering, among other things, that age old question “why do women talk so much?” This part of the course is lighthearted but informative.

Like “Street Survival,” this course was a fast-paced, multi-media experience full of inspirational stories and tributes to the heroes of our profession, both male and female. The attendees, half men, half women, ranged from correctional officers to veteran range masters to federal agents to local rookie officers. Presenting at TREXPO West was an outstanding experience; the conference is well-organized and the students are enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable. I learned as much from them as they learned from me.

As always, it is a privilege to stand before my peers and speak.


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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