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Applied Evidence-Based Policing Practices: Homicide and Violent Crime Reduction

Virtual

Start Date:

02/01/2023 12:00 am EST

End Date:

12/31/2023 11:59 pm EST
View Description

Although the past several decades have seen a steady decrease in violent crime statistics homicides and violent crimes continue to have a devastating impact on many of our nation's communities. With long-term social implications and staggering economic consequences even minimal levels of violent crime diminish the quality of life in affected communities. In response homicide and violent crime reduction (HVR) remains a top priority for police agencies throughout the nation. The challenge is addressing violent crime with effective interventions and countermeasures. Instead of guessing or speculating on which HVR strategies work best many agencies are turning to evidence-based policing practices (EBPP) to address the unique needs of the communities they serve.

Applied Evidence-Based Policing Practices: Homicide and Violent Crime Reduction (HVR Online) is designed as a rapid eLearn course that provides an overview of the concept of evidence-based policing and examples of practices that have been shown to reduce homicides and violent crime. Crafted with all levels of police practitioners in mind HVR Online bridges the gap between research and practice. 

On-screen text videos and narration in a user-friendly eLearn environment allows participants to start stop and resume the training based on their schedules. Participants should expect to spend approximately 2 - 4 hours exploring the resources provided in this dynamic and timely course.

This tuition-free online training is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Audience: This course is ideal for law enforcement managers and decision makers including but not limited to agency heads directors command staff managers and supervisors in agencies of all sizes. However the content is also applicable to all law enforcement and criminal justice professionals as well as any community-policing stakeholders.

Judicial Security Specialist Online

Virtual

Start Date:

02/01/2023 12:00 am EST

End Date:

12/31/2023 11:59 pm EST
View Description

Nationally threats against judicial personnel have quadrupled in the last decade. The judges themselves are not the only ones in danger. Judges' families are also being targeted as a direct threatening tactic and more attacks are occurring in the judges' homes. Creating awareness and providing resources is critical to securing the judiciary and their families.

In response VCPI's Judicial Security Specialist Online (JSSO) program prepares participants to enhance the safety of judicial officials their families and other judicial staff. Throughout the interactive program participants explore the foundations current practices challenges and opportunities as well as how to adopt a security-conscientious approach at work travel and home. 

JSSO is crafted as a concise and relevant eLearn course addressing the critical issues related to judicial security. Designed with the practitioner in mind the course includes on-screen text downloadable resources exercises videos and narration in a user-friendly eLearn environment that allows participants to start stop and resume the training based on their schedules. Participants should expect to spend approximately 6-8 hours completing this dynamic and timely course.

Audience: Ideal candidates are court security practitioners and others involved in judicial and courthouse security.

After-Action Review and Reporting: An Introduction

Virtual

Start Date:

02/01/2023 12:00 am EST

End Date:

12/31/2023 11:59 pm EST
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Course Overview:

After-Action Review and Reporting: An Introduction, an eLearning course, provides an overview of after-action review and reporting processes, as applied within a law enforcement organization following incidents ranging from common, everyday situations to complex, high-impact, critical incidents.

The application of after-action reviews is an effective organizational learning tool and powerful community policing strategy. This course equips law enforcement personnel with a basic understanding of when and in what circumstances an after-action may be best utilized, as well as how to conduct impactful reviews that result in written reports, including guidance on ways to organize, document, and communicate the findings of an after-action review. Although designed specifically for first line supervisors or officers in charge of conducting/overseeing the after-action process within an organization, this course benefits all local, state, and tribal law enforcement personnel, regardless of rank or position. Non-law enforcement community stakeholders may enhance their awareness of community policing efforts by taking this course. Learners may access and utilize an assortment of multimedia resources as needed in the future.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the basic principles of community policing as they relate to the after-action process
  • Discover what makes after-actions a credible learning tool for law enforcement
  • Explore the role of after-actions in identifying and addressing wellness issues stemming from critical incidents
  • Explore the dynamic nature of the after-action review process
  • Identify ways to determine the type of review to conduct
  • Distinguish informal reviews from formal reviews, and the circumstances in which either may be most appropriate
  • Describe the leader or supervisor’s role in guiding and institutionalizing the process
  • Discover essential qualifications for an independent review team or consultant
  • Identify the role of comprehensive, well-written reports in the after-action review process
  • Examine the fundamental information typically included in written after-action reports
  • Explore the National Police Foundation’s online library of published Incident Reviews

Target Audience: Public safety practitioners, first line supervisors or officers, local, state, and tribal law enforcement personnel, and non-law enforcement community stakeholders.

Cooperative Partners: This tuition-free online training was developed by the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) and was supported by cooperative agreement 2015-CK-WXK-003 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Learning Hours: 1 hour including the pre-test and post-test.

Community Policing Defined

Virtual

Start Date:

02/01/2023 12:00 am EST

End Date:

12/31/2023 11:59 pm EST
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Course Overview: Community Policing Defined, an eLearning course, provides learners with a basic awareness and understanding of the fundamental principles and best practices of community policing. This course examines practical problem-solving methodologies and applies best practices of community policing.

Comprised of four modules, the topics explore partnerships, problem solving, and organizational transformation as they relate to specific issues and challenges facing today's law enforcement professionals and the communities they serve. Based on the Department of Justice, COPS Office publication of the same name, Community Policing Defined not only describes the practice of community policing, but also examines how it can be effectively applied.

Through this course, learners examine the interconnectedness of Problem-Oriented Policing, the SARA model, and the Crime Triangle.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define community policing
  • Describe the fundamental principles of community policing
  • Examine practical problem-solving methodologies, including the SARA model
  • Interpret best practices of community policing
  • Identify examples of ways in which a law enforcement agency can interact, partner, and work closely with members of the community in order to achieve a high level of community satisfaction and agency success
  • Examine the tangible means by which to build or improve the relationship between their law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve
  • Define collaborative partnerships utilized in community policing
  • Examine the importance of developing and maintaining long-term positive relationships with the community
  • Identify examples of effective collaborative partnerships
  • Define the organizational transformation component of community policing
  • Demonstrate relevance of organizational transformation to building partnerships and practicing problem solving
  • Examine organizational transformation in terms of culture, structures, and function
  • Consider the value of leadership and training as a catalyst for organizational transformation
  • Define the problem solving component of community policing
  • Explore Problem-Oriented Policing and its role in effective problem solving
  • Consider the problem solving processes and methodologies of the SARA model
  • Consider the role of the Crime Triangle (Problem Analysis Triangle) as a complementary tool to the SARA model

Target Audience: Law enforcement, public safety professionals, community leaders, business owners, and other community stakeholders.

Cooperative Partners: This tuition-free online training was developed by the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) and was originally supported by cooperative agreement 2009-RM-WXK-001 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Learning Hours: 4 hours including the pre-test and post-test.

Community Policing: Improving Police Efficacy and Building Trust

Virtual

Start Date:

02/01/2023 12:00 am EST

End Date:

12/31/2023 11:59 pm EST
View Description

Course Overview: Community Policing: Improving Police Efficacy and Building Trust (CPIPEBT), an eLearning course, enhances learners’ awareness of and skills and abilities to engage in contemporary policing strategies founded in the principles of community policing.

Since the early 1980s, the principles of community policing have been a driving force in American law enforcement. Yet for all its past success, community policing may never have been as vital to law enforcement and the well-being of our communities as it is today. Exploring how emerging issues are necessitating a commitment to the key components of community policing, this course focuses on partnerships, organizational transformation, and problem solving.

The course examines the current state of policing—both locally and nationally—addressing a multitude of factors that challenge the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies and the well-being of the communities they serve. CPIPEBT urges learners to explore the principles and practices of community policing as a means of achieving the public safety mission with greater efficiency by gaining and maintaining public trust and engaging the community in the shared responsibility of effective policing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify current and emerging challenges in policing
  • Review the principles of community policing
  • Identify current policing paradigms
  • Explain the historical evolution of community policing
  • Explain the community policing principles of partnerships, problem solving, and organizational transformation
  • Identify current and emerging obstacles to implementing positive initiatives that promote effective policing
  • Apply strategies for sustaining improvements to the challenges of policing in effort to view each as an opportunity for change
  • Identify the principles of community policing as actionable and vital practices for keeping effective change in place
  • Apply the principles of community policing to the improvement of public safety at the community level

Target Audience: Law enforcement practitioners, criminal justice and public safety professionals, and other community stakeholders.

Cooperative Partners: This tuition-free online training was developed by the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) and was originally supported by cooperative agreement 2014-CK-WXK-027 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Learning Hours: 6 hours including the pre-test and post-test.

Contemporary Approaches for Responding Effectively to Community-Defined Disorder

Virtual

Start Date:

02/01/2023 12:00 am EST

End Date:

12/31/2023 11:59 pm EST
View Description

Course Overview: Contemporary Approaches for Responding Effectively to Community-Defined Disorder (CARE CDD) consists of two separate eLearning courses, one designed for law enforcement practitioners and one geared specifically for executives, that examine successful initiatives around the country. These initiatives include homeless outreach teams, mental health crisis intervention, domestic abuse harm reduction, substance use disorder treatment, gang violence prevention, and more—demonstrating a “community care” framework for responding effectively to a variety of disorder and crime problems. The courses examine the role of law enforcement officers and agencies in developing, implementing, sustaining, and evaluating these types of community-based problem-solving strategies.

Public safety agencies recognize that many types of harm can affect the health of a community—not just the major crime incidents that dominate headlines, but also the everyday disorder problems that negatively impact community members and generate frequent calls for service. In many cases, past efforts to manage disorder have focused on enforcement actions targeting low-level offenses. However, research and practice indicate that aggressive, enforcement-focused order maintenance strategies are ineffective and can undermine relationships between law enforcement and community members.

Increasingly, public safety professionals recognize the need for innovative problem solving to address disorder and crime problems, which occur disproportionately in under-resourced neighborhoods and are often rooted in economic and social inequities. Responding to complex problems requires law enforcement to form partnerships with community stakeholders and other agencies to enact multi-faceted initiatives. Such efforts represent a fundamental change in the way we think about public safety, emphasizing the collaborative role of police and other law enforcement practitioners as caretakers of their communities.

To help connect principles to practice, a series of field-driven video case briefings provides insight on innovative practices that law enforcement practitioners and executives can apply in their own communities. The case studies feature interviews with subject matters experts currently engaged in community-oriented programs to manage disorder problems in their jurisdictions.

Learning Objectives:

Practitioners

  • Explain how the principles and practices of community policing can be applied to address community-defined disorder
  • Describe the role of law enforcement in managing community-defined disorder
  • Differentiate between varying approaches to order maintenance
  • Identify the principles of community policing
  • Analyze case studies to identify strategies that can be applied in your community
  • Apply problem-solving methods to identify, define, and respond to community-defined disorder problems
  • Describe the benefits of proactive, collaborative problem solving
  • Explain how to identify and define disorder problems that require intervention
  • Identify strategies for developing effective responses to disorder problems
  • Analyze case studies to identify strategies that can be applied in your community
  • Identify collaboration and communication strategies to support effective problem solving  
  • List benefits of using a collaborative model to improve quality of life in the community
  • Explain how to establish a community of practice
  • Identify structures to promote collaboration among organization members
  • Analyze case studies to identify strategies that can be applied in your community
  • Describe how problem-solving initiatives to address disorder can be sustained for long-term success 
  • Identify factors that may influence the sustainability of problem-solving initiatives
  • Describe appropriate methods for evaluating the success of problem-solving initiatives
  • Explain the role of discretion when managing disorder in the community
  • Analyze case studies to identify strategies that can be applied in your community

Target Audience:

Law enforcement practitioners, non-law-enforcement community stakeholders: This course is designed as a professional development program for law enforcement practitioners representing agencies of all sizes and demographics. This course may also be a valuable tool for non-law-enforcement community stakeholders to enhance their awareness of law enforcement efforts.

Cooperative Partners: This tuition-free online training was developed by the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) and was originally supported by cooperative agreement 2018-CK-WXK-018 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Length of Each Course: 4 hours including the pre-test and post-test.

Contemporary Approaches for Responding Effectively to Community-Defined Disorder Executives

Virtual

Start Date:

02/01/2023 12:00 am EST

End Date:

12/31/2023 11:59 pm EST
View Description

Course Overview: Contemporary Approaches for Responding Effectively to Community-Defined Disorder (CARE CDD) consists of two separate eLearning courses, one designed for law enforcement practitioners and one geared specifically for executives, that examine successful initiatives around the country. These initiatives include homeless outreach teams, mental health crisis intervention, domestic abuse harm reduction, substance use disorder treatment, gang violence prevention, and more—demonstrating a “community care” framework for responding effectively to a variety of disorder and crime problems. The courses examine the role of law enforcement officers and agencies in developing, implementing, sustaining, and evaluating these types of community-based problem-solving strategies.

Public safety agencies recognize that many types of harm can affect the health of a community—not just the major crime incidents that dominate headlines, but also the everyday disorder problems that negatively impact community members and generate frequent calls for service. In many cases, past efforts to manage disorder have focused on enforcement actions targeting low-level offenses. However, research and practice indicate that aggressive, enforcement-focused order maintenance strategies are ineffective and can undermine relationships between law enforcement and community members.

Increasingly, public safety professionals recognize the need for innovative problem solving to address disorder and crime problems, which occur disproportionately in under-resourced neighborhoods and are often rooted in economic and social inequities. Responding to complex problems requires law enforcement to form partnerships with community stakeholders and other agencies to enact multi-faceted initiatives. Such efforts represent a fundamental change in the way we think about public safety, emphasizing the collaborative role of police and other law enforcement practitioners as caretakers of their communities.

To help connect principles to practice, a series of field-driven video case briefings provides insight on innovative practices that law enforcement practitioners and executives can apply in their own communities. The case studies feature interviews with subject matters experts currently engaged in community-oriented programs to manage disorder problems in their jurisdictions.

Learning Objectives:

Executives

  • Explain how the principles and practices of community policing can be applied to address community-defined disorder.
  • Describe the role of law enforcement in managing community-defined disorder.
  • Differentiate between varying approaches to order maintenance.
  • Explain the relationship between disorder policing and community policing.
  • Analyze case studies to identify strategies that can be applied in your community.
  • Apply problem-solving methods to identify, define, and respond to community-defined disorder problems.
  • Describe the benefits of proactive, collaborative problem solving.
  • Explain how to identify and define disorder problems that require intervention.
  • Identify partners who can share resources to address specific disorder problems in the community.
  • Develop effective responses to community-defined disorder.
  • Analyze case studies to identify strategies that can be applied in your community.
  • Identify collaboration and communication strategies to support effective problem solving.  
  • Based on the needs of the agency, select appropriate leadership strategies to support effective order maintenance strategies.
  • List benefits of using a collaborative model to improve quality of life in the community.
  • Identify methods for communicating effectively with community members about quality-of-life initiatives. 
  • Identify structures to promote collaboration among organization members.
  • Analyze case studies to identify strategies that can be applied in your community.
  • Describe how problem-solving initiatives to address disorder can be sustained for long-term success. 
  • Identify factors that may influence the sustainability of problem-solving initiatives.
  • Explain the role of discretion when managing disorder in the community.
  • Develop a plan for the training and ongoing professional development of personnel involved in problem-solving initiatives.
  • Select appropriate performance measures for evaluating the success of first-line personnel.
  • Analyze case studies to identify strategies that can be applied in your community.

Target Audience:

Executives: Developed as a stand-alone companion to the CARE CDD course for practitioners, this course is streamlined for law enforcement executives and presented in an easily accessible, self-paced format. CARE CDD for Executives is ideal for leadership personnel representing agencies of all sizes and demographics.

Cooperative Partners: This tuition-free online training was developed by the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) and was originally supported by cooperative agreement 2018-CK-WXK-018 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Length of Each Course: 4 hours including the pre-test and post-test.

Crime Reduction: Enforcement and Prevention Strategies

Virtual

Start Date:

02/01/2023 12:00 am EST

End Date:

12/31/2023 11:59 pm EST
View Description

Course Overview: Crime Reduction: Enforcement and Prevention Strategies, an eLearning course, offers current guidance on effective enforcement and policing strategies aimed at crime reduction. The course also explores the application of crime prevention as a means of actively interdicting and preventing crime in our nation’s communities.

To help connect principles to practice, this course highlights crime reduction initiatives undertaken by law enforcement agencies around the country, demonstrating how policing strategies can be applied in varying contexts. Through video interviews and case studies, each module presents real-world examples to illustrate the strategies presented in the course. The course benefits law enforcement personnel of all assignments, representing agencies of all sizes and demographics, who play a role in crime reduction. Non-law enforcement community stakeholders may use this content to enhance their awareness of crime reduction efforts.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify challenges associated with crime reduction
  • Identify ways in which police organizational structures contribute to crime reduction efforts
  • Distinguish between immediate, short-term, and long-term strategies to reduce crime
  • Recognize the stages of the SARA model
  • Distinguish between types of crime patterns
  • Apply the problem analysis triangle to an authentic crime scenario
  • Analyze responses to crime patterns
  • Identify situational crime prevention techniques to address a long-term crime problem scenario
  • Analyze offender-focused strategies used as part of a focused-deterrence approach to crime reduction
  • Identify community-oriented strategies to reduce crime through a proactive, preventive approach

Target Audience: Law enforcement personnel and non-law enforcement community stakeholders.

Cooperative Partners: This tuition-free online training was developed by the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) and was originally supported by cooperative agreement 2017-CK-WXK-001 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Learning Hours: 4 hours including the pre-test and post-test.

Ethical Decision Making: Policing with Principled Insight

Virtual

Start Date:

02/01/2023 12:00 am EST

End Date:

12/31/2023 11:59 pm EST
View Description

Course Overview: Ethical Decision Making: Policing with Principled Insight, an eLearning course, explores the practice of decision making and the ethical principles that support effective policing with a focus on perspective, purpose, obligation, and integrity. Take a thought-provoking journey that explores the practice of decision making and the ethical principles that support effective policing.

This course emphasizes that police ethics are not just an after-thought or a means of discouraging bad behavior; instead, ethics are a controlling insight that inform and guide police practitioners from an internal, personal capacity. Join a 2500-year-old conversation on ethical decision making while exploring realistic, modern-day challenges faced by policing professionals. Recognizing that for policing professionals, public trust, integrity, and liability hinge on every decision, this concise and relevant course addresses the realities of policing in the 21st century.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define and identify characteristics of ethics
  • Explain the concept of "A Priori" knowledge (Thinking Backwards) as a means of building a body of ethical knowledge
  • Explain the concept of a controlling insight and a delineated process for developing it as part of ethical decision making
  • Discuss the relationship between effective community policing and ethical decision making
  • Discuss the concepts of Perspective and Paradigms and their relationship to ethical decision making
  • Discuss the relationship between effective community policing and ethical decision making
  • Explain the concept of De-Policing and its relationship to ethical policing practices
  • Access the Police Ethical Navigator (PEN) and apply module content in completing the PEN activities and exercises
  • Explain the concept of Purpose and its relationship to Perspective and ethical decision making
  • Discuss the fundamental purpose of policing in terms of societal stability
  • Explain the concept of Virtue Ethics in terms of a sense of obligation and ethical decision making
  • Explain the concept of Formalism in terms of a sense of obligation and ethical decision making
  • Explain the concept of Utilitarianism in terms of a sense of obligation and ethical decision making
  • Explain the concept of Integrity as it relates to choice and ethical decision making
  • Identify the steps of the decision making process
  • Explain the relationship between ethics and the science and mechanics of the decision making process
  • Identify the physiological processes involved in decision making
  • Identify the role that awareness plays in ethical decision making
  • Explain strategic approaches that tend to improve ethical decision making

Target Audience: Law enforcement practitioners, criminal justice and public safety professionals, and other community stakeholders.

Cooperative Partners: This tuition-free online training was developed by the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) and was originally supported by cooperative agreement 2012-CK-WXK-011 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Learning Hours: 4 hours including the pre-test and post-test.

Problem-Oriented Policing: The SARA Model

Virtual

Start Date:

02/01/2023 12:00 am EST

End Date:

12/31/2023 11:59 pm EST
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Course Overview: Problem-Oriented Policing: The SARA Model, an eLearning course, provides learners with a basic awareness and understanding of the fundamental principles of a common approach used by many community policing agencies to identify and solve repeat crime and community problems. The SARA model allows agencies to scan through multiple data sources, conduct a thorough analysis of a problem through the lens of the crime triangle, formulate a response, and continuously assess the impact of the response to the problem.

Describing the four steps of the SARA model (scanning, analysis, response, and assessment) in sequence, the modules also help learners identify when to move from one phase to the next. Correctly identifying the real problem in a community is a critical step in making a lasting impact on neighborhood crime and disorder. Learners explore the importance of assessment, types of evaluations, and nontraditional measures for determining effectiveness. Finally, the course outlines considerations for implementing Problem-Oriented Policing within an agency.

Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate between the terms Problem Solving and Problem-Oriented Policing
  • Identify the goal of Problem-Oriented Policing
  • Describe the four steps of the SARA model
  • Differentiate between incidents and problems
  • Describe the variety of sources from which a problem could be identified
  • Identify factors that assist with prioritizing and selecting crime problems to solve
  • Explain the importance of stakeholders in the problem-solving process
  • Explain the importance of the analysis step of the SARA model
  • Explain the importance of third parties in relation to the crime triangle
  • Identify resources to assist with solving problems
  • Explain the factors that indicate the need to move from the analysis phase to the response phase of SARA model
  • Identify the four different parts, in sequence, of the response phase of the SARA model
  • Describe the variety of factors that are considered prior to planning or implementing a response
  • Describe the importance of timetables and action plans in the response phase
  • Identify ways of debriefing during and after the implementation of a response
  • Describe the role of assessment in the context of the SARA model and the problem-solving process
  • Consider the implementation of Problem-Oriented Policing in their own agency

Target Audience: Law enforcement, criminal justice professionals, and other community stakeholders.

Cooperative Partners: This tuition-free online training was developed by the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) and was originally supported by cooperative agreement 2017-CK-WXK-001 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Learning Hours: 4 hours including the pre-test and post-test.

Use of Drones by Public Safety Agencies: An Introduction

Virtual

Start Date:

02/01/2023 12:00 am EST

End Date:

12/31/2023 11:59 pm EST
View Description

Course Overview: Use of Drones by Public Safety Agencies: An Introduction, an eLearning course, explores the emerging use of drone technology to maximize resources and enhance public safety. The design of the course focuses on public safety agencies interested in or having started a drone program. The content provides an overview of current drone use in agencies, pre-implementation strategies for consideration, foundations for agency-level programs, and the future outlook of drone technology.

Over the past decades, public safety agencies have leveraged new technologies to more efficiently and effectively achieve their goals. Using tools such as geographic information systems, data analysis products, wireless communication devices, and many others, public safety personnel have expanded their ability to identify and respond to critical issues in their communities.

Recently, an increasing number of agencies have examined the use of drones as a promising new practice. As with any novel technology, organizations using drones will discover new avenues for solving problems, but they may also face unexpected challenges. This eLearning course, based on the Police Executive Research Forums (PERF) publication A Report on the Use of Drones by Public Safety Agencies – and a Wake-Up Call about the Threat of Malicious Drone Attacks, helps public safety agencies establish successful drone programs.

This course provides insight for public safety practitioners on how drones may be used in their line of work, benefits and challenges an agency should consider before implementing a drone program, and guidance on starting a drone program.

Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish between Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and Drones
  • Explain how drones are used by public safety agencies
  • Identify the difference between a FAA Remote Pilot Certificate and a FAA Part 91 Certificate of Authorization (COA) operation
  • Recognize the role community trust plays in the implementation of an effective drone program
  • Match their agency’s needs to the type of equipment necessary
  • Identify funding sources available to assist with supporting the cost of a drone program
  • Identify staffing requirements for the size and scope of their drone program
  • Identify initial and continued training requirements as needed for certification and technical use purposes
  • Identify requirements for developing standard operating procedures to codify the policies and practices for their drone program
  • Recognize the evolving nature of drone technology and regulations associated with that technology

Target Audience: Public safety agencies interested in implementing a drone program, police agencies, sheriff’s departments, fire and rescue services, and other public safety stakeholders.

Cooperative Partners: This tuition-free online training was developed by the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) and was supported by cooperative agreement 2019-CK-WXK-003 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Learning Hours: 2 hours including the pre-test and post-test.

Resources

CIT ASSIST Resource Center

Membership in the CIT ASSIST Resource Center community is limited to representatives of agencies awarded 2021 COPS Office funding for CIT Implementation programs. For questions regarding access, please contact VCPI at CITASSIST@vcpi.org.

Virtual

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The CIT ASSIST Resource Center is a members-only community administered by VCPI, serving as the virtual hub for all CIT ASSIST programmatic activities. CIT ASSIST is a national initiative designed to increase the capacity of law enforcement agencies to effectively create or enhance crisis intervention teams.

It directly supports the cohort of 30+ agencies awarded CIT Implementation funding in 2021 by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) through technical assistance, training, and this virtual member community.

Once logged in, members may access information, announcements, resources, and member-to-member engagement opportunities. The platform also serves as the launch point for virtual meetings and is the place where members can request technical assistance from experts and practitioners to support their unique CIT implementation needs.

For questions regarding the CIT ASSIST Resource Center or this platform, please contact VCPI at CITASSIST@vcpi.org.

Registration Fee:

$0.00

Cost Details:

This project was supported by cooperative agreement number 15JCOPS-21-GK-02306-SPPS awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions contained herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. References to specific agencies, companies, products, or services should not be considered an endorsement by the author(s) or the U.S. Department of Justice. Rather, the references are illustrations to supplement discussion of the issues. The Internet references cited in this publication were valid as of the date of this publication. Given that URLs and websites are in constant flux, neither the author(s) nor the COPS Office can vouch for their current validity.


Additional Details:

The CIT ASSIST Resource Center is a members-only community administered by VCPI. It serves as the virtual hub for all CIT ASSIST programmatic activities including member-to-member engagement, training and technical assistance opportunities, and CIT implementation resources.

For questions regarding access to the Resource Center, please contact VCPI at CITASSIST@vcpi.org.


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