Fire Nobody! by Dave Smith

I have been following Dave Smith and his police advice for more than 30 years. It is sound advice I know every cop can learn from. This piece hits on an important topic "taking responsibility" I have often been heard stating, that in, in my fantasy police department those that worked there would take JOY in RESPONSIBILITY. Actually long for responsibility. Crave it! After-all talking about officer safety is just that...Talk. We can and must do better! Don't let Officer Nobody be you! Here is the piece in its entirety:

 

Teaching United States Marine Instructors New Tricks: Developing Adaptability Through Experiential Learning

We Make Marines

“Some military commanders do not know how to adjust their methods. They can find an advantageous position. Still they cannot use their men effectively.” ~ Sun Tzu, The Art Of War 8:1.19-21

Inspiring People to Lifelong Learning & Impacting Their Ability to Make Sound Decisions 

What is the purpose, cause or belief that inspires you, or as Simon Sinek would put it have you discovered your, why? Simon explains every person knows what they do. Your job title, function, the products you sell or services you offer. Some people know how they do it. The actions you take that set you apart from others. Few people know WHY they do it. The purpose, cause or belief that inspires you.

We Can't Just Use the Same Mental Recipes Over and Over Again: In Police Training We Must Challenge The Prevailing Mindset

I just finished up facilitating the sergeants leadership course which is heavily focused on developing adaptability and uses experiential learning and tools for learning such as tactical decision games, and case studies is designed to teach the “how-to” teach inspiring leaders how to be adaptive. It also includes discussion on the main tool used in this approach, the development and use of scenarios to improve decision making for police leaders leading thinking police officers. I love teaching this class as it always is evolving and those participating take home confidence in themselves.

Reflection Leads to Deeper Learning...Put Each Day Up For Review

"I will keep constant watch over myself and most usefully will put each day up for review. For this is what makes us evil, that none of us looks back upon our own lives. We reflect upon only that which we are about to do. And yet our plans for the future descend from the past." ~Seneca, Moral Letters

I have been reading a lot about the importance of reflection on our days happenings. Mentally replay your entire day and then ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did I behave according to my principles?

An Officer’s Principal Weapon is His Mind: Professional Development In Policing

Professional police development is designed to develop creative, thinking officers, who will eventually become leaders, leading thinking officers. My definition of a professional police development is not solely about formal education although this is part of it. My definition is focused more on professional development and job focused training. Professional police education is also very much about the autodidacts those self learners who strive to reach high levels of professionalism on their own.

The Art of Police Training is the Ability to Move Officers Through the Fog and Complexity of Human Interaction

The purpose of all police training is to develop officers that can solve societies complex problems. The fundamental objectives of policing (also referred to as the mission of the police or the core functions of policing) are the ultimate purposes for which police agencies have been created. Herman Goldstein was one of a number of scholars who recognized and articulated the breadth and complexity of the police mission.

Brian Willis Interviews Yours Truly on Teaching Adaptive Leadership

I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Police trainer Brian Willis of the Excellence in Training Academy on the topic of Teaching Adaptive Leadership to police.

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