The Police Officers Safety Association (POSA)
POSA's mission is to increase the safety and effectiveness of law enforcement officers and to enhance the security of our communities by offering free and low-cost advanced education and training to law enforcement officers.
While each agency and department offers good training for new and current officers, training budgets are limited. Additional training will make our law enforcement officers and communities safer.
In partnership with PoliceOne.com, POSA is offering free, video training programs, tips and articles on various subjects like tactical shotgun usage, crisis entry, disarming, close quarter shooting, active shooter, knife defense and more. New materials and programs are being added on an ongoing basis.
Full list of The Police Officers Safety Association (POSA) results
De-Escalation: What is really is and how to do it–
Over 90% of all crisis situations are emotionally driven. This video, by hostage/crisis negotiator Chris Stokes, examines crisis states from a mechanical perspective. By understanding and manipulating the components of a crisis and the variables that influence them, we can return subjects in crisis to a more rational state of mind. With active listening as the primary tool for de-escalation, students are challenged to approach crisis situations with humility, using empathy to understand and de-escalate the subject in crisis.
Surviving After the Shooting–
Perry Bartles, a 23-year police veteran will help prepare officers for critical incidents by looking at what to expect both during and after the shooting encounter. A critical incident is stressful enough, but most officers report that what comes next is the worst part. This video is designed to offer protection by preparing officers for what they should expect of the incident and beyond. Sometimes understanding the process and preparing for the unknown can prevent emotional and psychological injuries.
Dealing with an Officer in Crisis–
Millions of Americans suffer from mental health issues every year. Police officers and other first responders are not exempt from this reality. “A crisis can occur at any time and can include: receiving word of the death/unexpected death of a loved one, a line-of-duty death, peer suicide, a terminal diagnosis of one’s self or loved one, termination, indictment, investigation, arrest, etc.” Agencies prepare to deal with the citizen mental health emergency, but often fall short when addressing these issues within their ranks. Job cuts and dwindling budgets have left many agencies short-staffed. Officers will be exposed to greater rates of stress and trauma due to these shortfalls. Former police officer ad founder of the Blue Wall Institute where she trains first responders on numerous topics related to health and wellness, Olivia Johnson discusses issues on dealing with Officer Involved Crisis.
A Guide to Improving Officer/Citizen Contacts–
Police interactions with citizens are in the national spotlight. What previously wouldn’t have made the local paper, now makes national news. Officers need tools to effectively engage citizens in a professional manner without compromising their own safety in the process. This video, by John Bostain, a 22-year law enforcement veteran, is designed to increase officer safety while simultaneously improving the quality of contacts with citizens.
Quick and Easy Take-Downs for the Resisting Suspect–
John Landry, veteran police officer and martial arts instructor, shows you how to get the bad guy on the ground fast! This video will teach how to take any suspect to the ground using very simple gross motor movement techniques. These take-downs are high percentage (90% of the time they will work on 90% of the suspects) and are easily remembered while under stress in real street situations. You will learn option regardless of suspect positioning or resistance. These are not your usual police academy take-downs!
Basic Negotiation Techniques for 911 Operators/Dispatch–
When it comes to crisis situations what dispatchers and 911 operators say, and how they say it, could significantly effect the outcome. Jan Dubina, retired after 30 years of service with the Phoenix Police Department, 21 years of which as part of the Negotiations Team, discusses the various types of incidents, what objects are for each, active listening skills, proper language to use and do’s and don’ts when communicating with a suspect.
Craig Allen, a 23 year veteran law enforcement officer, and Roberto DiGiulio, a 12 year veteran law enforcement officer, discuss tactics and strategies for officer rescue. The coverage of the issue includes the problems of the realities of rescues, responsibility of arriving officers, requirement of overwatch, intelligence gathering, understanding kill zones, suppression fire and much more.
Scene Threat Assessment–
With the ever increasing numbers of attacks on law enforcement officers it is essential to increase vigilance upon arriving on scene. Patricia Knudson, a 17-year veteran of the Phoenix AR Police Department, discusses techniques for scene arrival, what to look for at the location, threat identification and techniques to minimalize vulnerabilities.
Lessons Learned from Hostage Incidents–
Patricia Knudson, a 17-year veteran of the Phoenix AR Police Department who served on the tactical team and as an instructor, discusses lessons learned on hostage incidents. These lessons came from her personal experience and those of other tactical team members. The presentation covers intelligence, gathering, planning, rehearsal, movement, intervention and evacuation. An accompanying PowerPoint presentation is available at www.posai.org.
Increasing Traffic Stop Safety–
Traffic stops are one of the most routine and common law enforcement activities, and they can be the most unpredictable. To no surprise, it is an area that has the widest debate on how to do them the safely. This program looks at various tactics, the science behind human performance elements and discusses methods to increase threat perception and reaction time to increase safety.
Police are facing an ever increasing threat of violence against them The murder of police officers has always been an issue, however, the immediate and sophisticated ambushes of officers has increased dramatically. The training will cover ways of recognizing the ambush before it occurs and ways to overcome the ambush while it is in progress, with the goal being to have greater ability to defeat the cop killers and save officers’ lives.
Dealing with Dangerous Dogs–
Dog bites are a constant threat to police. Bite wounds from dogs of all sizes can cause debilitating injuries. In this companion program to Recognizing Dangerous Dogs, Krista Kurvers, a former police officer, K-9 handler and animal control officer, discusses methods of avoiding dog attacks and fending off dogs during an attack.
Recognizing Dangerous Dogs (Krista Kurves)–
With the vast number of contacts that officers have with dogs on a daily basis, it is imperative to recognize the warning signs of aggression. Krista Kurvers, a former police officer, K-9 handler and animal control officer, discusses various behavioral indicators to help enable officers to determine a dog’s threat level.
Close Quarter Shooting (Ralph Mroz)–
The Close Quarters Shooting program reviews the commonly taught methods for shooting at close distances in a class setting. Each method is reviewed and commentary offered regarding its benefits and drawbacks.
Off-Duty Safety (Wayne Spees)–
Police spent a lot of time learning on-duty skills, but usually very little is taught about modifying our behavior and tactics off-duty. This video discusses how a lack of resources and uniforms restrict law enforcement’s abilities, as well as, it offers a few suggestions on modifying behavior and give numerous tips for officers and their families to stay safe.
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