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
Save your Life with Improvised Weapons–
Your gun and non lethal tools may not be available when you need them. Detective (Lieutenant) John M. Landry, Ph.D. (Ret) discusses the need for improvised weapons and how to use everything and anything in your environment to save your life with both realistic scenarios and discussion. Recognizing the availability and use of improved weapons is a two-way street. The perp can use the same against you so it is important to understand their use.
Firearm Training for Real Life Stress–
Ever notice that the expression “The way you train is the way you fight” isn’t always true?” In this program, Sgt. Perry Bartels discusses why officers don’t always do on the street in real life as they were taught in training and offers training concepts to better align training with the street.
Recognizing and Responding to Mental Illness–
In this program, Nicolas Greco will discuss the most commonly seen mental disorders in the field, overview of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and share some tips and tools that you can use to deal with mentally ill people.
Dementia Awareness and Response–
As the population ages, the risk of age-related disorder rises. The ability recognize these issue and their proper response is important because, as police, you will encounter elderly who are wandering, shop lifting, are lost and in need of care. I this program Nicolas Greco will discuss depression in older adults, suicidal risk in the elderly, differences between delirium and dementia, along with tools and techniques to deal with these issues in the field.
Defenses Against The Most Common Mixed Martial Arts–
With the sport’s popularity souring, we are seeing an increasing need to defend ourselves on the street against mixed martial arts techniques. These techniques, nor their defenses, are taught in the academy. In this program, Detective (Lieutenant) John M. Landry, Ph.D. (Ret) introduces the Pramek Adaptive Combatives to defend yourself against MMA and Brazilian Jujitsu. Pramek techniques rely on easy-to-remember concepts and applications.
How to Save your Life with a Patrol Knife–
Carrying a knife can be just as important as carrying a gun. In this program Detective (Lieutenant) John M. Landry, Ph.D. (Ret). Discusses the legal issues with carrying a knife, knife types, carry methods, utilization, tactical target anatomy and possible scenarios that require a knife deployment.
Basic Crowd Behavior and Dynamics–
This program was developed to help public safety personnel to understand the dynamics of crowds and associated behaviors of individuals in a crowd setting in order to better predict and mitigate potential public safety hazards. Capt. Richards Nable, formally of Atanta and Fulton County PD,provides an overview of some of the safety risks associated with high-density crowds and with mass panic in a crowd setting. The course is based on human behavior models and practical applications through video evidence from the scenes of several different crowd tragedies. This video will cover learning to identify pre-incident indicators that a crowd may be becoming dangerous or unstable, ways to prevent or mitigate undesirable outcomes, panic behaviors that can create casualties in certain crowd events and how to plan an effective response.
Greatest Threats to Law Enforcement–
What are the biggest threats facing America's law enforcement? Ambush? Domestics? Driving? This video by John Bostain of Command Presence examines the most current research related to the threats officers face and provides reasonable strategies to increase officer safety. This program is designed to empower officers to recognize threats early and make decisions that will ultimately protect them and the community they serve.
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.
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