Instruction with in-car video: Putting it into practice
Last week we looked at some of the possible pitfalls of using video for law enforcement instruction, as well as some of the benefits. So what does this type of training look like and how can you accomplish it?
As instructors, we are in a time where information and technology can make your job easier and more difficult. It is easy in the fact that information is everywhere but it can be difficult because your students expect even more because of this fact. For many years I was guilty of sometimes using video just to “fill the gap.”
I had to teach for an hour but I only had 40 minutes of material so what is a rookie instructor to do? You guessed it, get the video library out and stretch that class but this was unfair to the students and lazy on my part. Let me encourage you to spend the time to develop your class in a dynamic way and video is an excellent way to do this. I have given you just one example below but let me persuade you to take your presentations to the next level. The information you give to others could not only be life saving but it will outlast your career and live on to the next generation of real superheroes.
Embedded below is a typical video that might be used in a class where I would have already discussed the importance of a driver being familiar with their environment and what goes into the evaluation of driving in an emergency response mode.
Know the Goal As an instructor, I want the students to come away from this video knowing that when their environment such as traffic and roadways change, their behavior such as speed must also change. They should also come away from the video with the knowledge that we cannot rely on sirens and that driving in an emergency mode is a privilege and not a right. With my goals in mind, I will play the video and discuss the following information before, during and after it plays.
Legal Considerations There are not any concerns with using this video. The video is over a decade old; there is nothing legally pending and the officer volunteered this video. He encouraged its use in all avenues of training and he no longer works at the agency the video was taken. While I will keep the officer’s identity anonymous, he has helped greatly by being so willing to let this video play in departments across America.
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About the author
Major Travis Yates is a Commander with the Tulsa (OK) Police Department. His Seminars in Risk Management & Officer Safety have been taught across the United States & Canada. Major Yates has a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is the Director of Training for SAFETAC Training and the Director of Ten-Four Ministries, dedicated to providing practical and spiritual support to the law enforcement community.