As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to reduce the normal patterns of life, the move away from close contact may be leading you to look for alternatives to on-site continued learning programs for your department.
Luckily, there are numerous online courses and videos already available to step up and add more knowledge to career progression. Below we briefly summarize just a few sources:
On PoliceOne, you can find different types of police training videos; from videos that test knowledge in unexpected circumstances, to how to control handcuffed arrestees, or what to do if you witness the excessive use of force. PoliceOne states that they have 1,100 videos available to access if your department signs up to the PoliceOne Academy.
Lexipol Coronavirus Section
In view of what has been happening, Lexipol has decided to offer free courses about the coronavirus to support police and first responders with victims of this situation. It offers a webinar on how to stay calm and remove stress, as well as how to help communities to contain the progressive infection such as assisting people with possible contagion.
In The Line of Duty
In The Line of Duty labels itself as the ‘World Leader in Reality-Based Law Enforcement Video Training.’ The company offers over 300 video programs, tests and certificates for completion, with the content being available mostly in either on-demand or DVD format and accessible on mobile devices. Officers can also listen to podcasts on a variety of recent events, such as the clear need for de-escalation (that should have happened) in the George Floyd case.
Whilst access to the content is available on an annual subscription basis for either departments or individuals, there is an opportunity to take advantage of a 14-day free trial here.
University of San Diego (USD): Master Degree
The USD is offering an ‘Online Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership’ to law enforcement agencies that are wishing to accelerate the learning process of their leadership. You can view the course details, as well as see a list of job titles of the people who have already enrolled in the course here.
Dennis Taylor, Chief of Ithaca Police Department, has given the degree a glowing review: “I highly recommend this program to anyone who is looking to advance their career, improve their knowledge base, and become a change-maker within the policing profession.”