Outcomes Based Training and Education

Developing Police Sergeants: Getting the Outcomes and Measures of Effectiveness Right

I spent the last week facilitating The Sergeants Leadership Class for the Massachusetts Police Training Committee (MPTC). The class is a five day class full of officers who vary in years of experience on the job but are new to the leadership position of sergeant. The course is packed full of theory, leadership styles such as theory X &Y, McGregor’s Transformational leadership, etc. We cover personalities and Myers Briggs is taken by the new sergeants who get a chance to discuss and reflect upon who they and their fellow students are.

What was Boyd Thinking and...What Can Policing Learn From It?

I just had to share this piece and great illustration on John Boyd's work from Chet Richards's site Slightly East of New. All too often in policing we play follow the follower when it comes to new ideas, strategy and tactics.

Adaptive Leader Program: Developing Thinking Leaders Who Lead Thinking Officers

The late Col. John Boyd was constantly admonishing leaders in the United States to remember that in the field of human competition the three most important determinants of success are People, Ideas and Things – in that order. Identifying and developing good decision makers is the first obligation of any organization – without those decision makers the best ideas will not emerge and cannot succeed. Organizations are already full of potentially brilliant leaders who just need to be unleashed on the problems and opportunities crisis or conflicts are made of.

The Case Method In Developing Police: "Cold Calling" Will Have to Be Unambiguous

"...I describe the kinds of mistakes human beings make, the blind alleys they follow down and the detours they take in attempting tempting to cope with such problems. But I am not concerned with thinking alone, for thinking is always rooted in the total process of psychic chic activity. There is no thinking without emotion. We get angry, for example, when we can’t solve a problem, and our anger influences our thinking. Thought is embedded in a context of feeling and affect; thought influences, and is in turn influenced by, that context." -Dietrich Dorner 

The Biggest Obstacle to Tactical Progress… and How to Beat It

Special Tactics has a great piece up on their site The Biggest Obstacle to Tactical Progress… and How to Beat It which gets into how a lot of wasted time on training days gets lost in the time spent arguing over tactics.

Experiential Learning a Big Part of The New Recruit Officer Course In Massachusetts: Looks Promising!

I attended a meeting today on the new Recruit Officer Course and was very excited to see what the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) working together with State Subject Matter Experts along with John Blum of Force Concepts a consulting company based out of North Carolina and Tim Bonadies Founder of Law Enforcement Lea

When it comes to Police Training, When is Good Enough, Not Good Enough?

I read a candid and thoughtful article Have a Great Training Program? I want to know about it! By Jim Glennon  Most reading this will know Jim but I get a lot of non-cop followers as well so here a snippet of his background: Lt. Jim Glennon (ret.) is the owner and lead instructor for Calibre Press. He is a third-generation LEO, retired from the Lombard, Ill.

A Major Problem We Must Confront as Police Trainers and Students: How To Improve Performance?

Carl Jung says “affective learning is a product of both education and training. It’s a change in behavior as a result of experience. Learning clearly includes training and education. How we perceive is highly related to how we think and learn and to what we know. Evidence shows we have preferences for using one mode of apprehension, thinking, and evaluation over others and that such preferences are ‘hard-wired,’ but not beyond our control. We can learn to alternative ‘world views’ clearly distinct from our own and then begin viewing the world as others do.

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

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