Effective simulation training

By Guest Columnist Todd Brown


Three Tenets of Effective Training


Post-Incident Training

Failure Can Equal Success

Final Thoughts

In order to change the instructor mindset, the training environment must contain the appropriate tools for the instructor and the student. Video, multimedia presentations, pictures, and relevant documents outlining case law and policy are just a few examples of these tools. However, these tools are useless unless the student that receives the training is sure that failure in simulated environments is not only acceptable, but will result in learning and becoming a better officer. Students must also be able to apply any corrective behavior to an acceptable level and see that this will result in a better outcome.

Remember the old saying, “I hear I forget, I see I remember, I do I learn?” This is true for all law enforcement officers.

Todd Brown has more than ten years of experience in training federal, state and municipal law enforcement agencies on judgmental use of force in simulated environments as well as in live fire environments. Brown has also trained agencies in Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and several agencies in Europe. He holds instructor ratings for various use of force applications such as Baton, Firearm, Chemical Agents, Taser, etc. Brown is a member of the National Tactical Officers Association, the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, as well as on the technical advisory board of the Force Science Research Center. Brown is the Chief Trainer for IES Interactive Training, manufacturers of the Range 3000 XP4 Judgmental Use of Force Simulator. Brown can be reached by e-mail.

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