Due to the ongoing public health and safety concerns caused by COVID-19, and with the continued well-being of our public safety community and staff in mind, VCPI has postponed in-person events until further notice.

Our catalog of on-demand eLearning courses, live virtual training events and digital resources continue to be available, at no cost – for you, your organization and your community partners.

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Providing Executive/Dignitary Protection

Enrollment in this course is strictly limited to Executive Protection personnel employed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. If you are not affiliated with this organization, please do not register for this event.

Training Location:

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Richmond, VA

Start Date:

11/08/2022 8:00 am EST

End Date:

11/09/2022 5:00 pm EST
View Description

This course is being provided to the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond's Executive Protection personnel.

This course provides law enforcement officers with the essential elements of evaluating, planning, and conducting an executive protection operation. Emphasis is placed on proactive approaches to each element, including theory, functionality, locality, and team composition.

Participants will learn concepts which include: route analysis, motorcade operations and foot formations, firearms fundamentals while protecting a principal and advance operational planning to include scheduled routes, arrival/departures to and from visit sites, and high and low profile operations. The course includes analysis of attack case studies and practical exercises covering all key aspects of executive protection operations.

Course techniques and methods have been taught to members of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Instructors include personal protection specialist (PPS) agents and a protective detail leader.

Start Date and Time:

11/08/2022 8:00 am EST

Registration Fee:

$0.00

Training Location:


Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
701 E. Byrd Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Ending Date and Time:

11/09/2022 5:00 pm EST

Cost Details:

This course is being funded by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, for its law enforcement/executive protection personnel only. 



Use of Drones by Public Safety Agencies Pilot Program

Enrollment in this pilot program is by invitation only.

Training Location:

Richmond Police Academy
Richmond, VA

Start Date:

11/10/2022 8:00 am EST

End Date:

11/10/2022 5:00 pm EST
View Description

VCPI, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is piloting a new instructor-led curriculum on Use of Drones by Public Safety Agencies designed for organizations interested in or having started a drone program. The course examines current drone use in agencies, pre-implementation strategies for consideration, foundations for agency-level programs, and the future outlook of drone technology.

Course Overview
Public safety agencies continuously leverage new technologies to achieve their goals and serve their communities with greater efficiency and effectiveness. Using tools such as geographic information systems, data analysis products, wireless communication devices, and many others, public safety personnel expand their ability to identify and respond to critical issues in their communities. 

Recently, a growing number of agencies have explored the use of drones as a promising new practice. As with any evolving technology, organizations using drones will discover new avenues for solving problems, but they may also face unexpected challenges. To help meet those challenges and to guide public safety agencies through the process of establishing successful drone programs, the US Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services has funded the development and delivery of contemporary resources providing practical information and strategies for local implementation. This Instructor-Led Training (ILT) curriculum is one of these vital resources.

Developed as a companion to the Web-Based Training (WBT) Use of Drones in Public Safety Agencies: An Introduction the instructor-led course provides an overview of the benefits, challenges, and key implementation strategies for establishing and sustaining a public safety drone program. It draws on the experience of practitioners currently engaged in a drone program as well as relevant literature such as the Police Executive Research Forum (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, to provide insights and practical guidance on this developing topic. Specifically, the course includes an examination of current credentialing requirements, the evolving nature of drone technology and associated regulations, as well as guidance for determining the scope of resources needed for successful implementation. Throughout the program, participants engage in discussions and learn from the experiences and insights shared by featured practitioners on the ways they use drone programs to support and enhance their service to the community.

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 course was developed by 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). Following the pilot program, the instructional materials will be available at no cost to agencies throughout the United States.

Learning Objectives

  • Define the principles of community policing.
  • Identify technical and hardware characteristics of drones that may assist public safety agencies in their missions.
  • Identify specific situations in which drones could be effective public safety tools.
  • Compare the differences between a Part 107 License and a Part 91 Certificate of Authorization (COA).
  • Recognize the role community trust plays in the implementation of an effective drone program. 
  • Evaluate the different forms of community outreach addressing stakeholder concerns related to drone use by public safety agencies.
  • Identify factors that are key for effective implementation of a drone program in a community policing environment.
  • Align necessary equipment with planned drone program objectives.
  • Synthesize and discuss research that may be applied in determining the possible cost and benefits of implementing a public safety drone program. 
  • Identify funding sources available to support program implementation costs.
  • Consider the differing size and scope of drone programs. 
  • Assess the training and personnel necessary for an agency to safely and effectively implement a public safety drone program
  • Recognize the evolving nature of drone technology and regulations associated with technology.
  • Synthesize the planning process required for implementing standard operating procedures.


 

Start Date and Time:

11/10/2022 8:00 am EST

Registration Fee:

$0.00

Training Location:


Richmond Police Academy
1202 West Graham Road
Richmond, VA 23220

Ending Date and Time:

11/10/2022 5:00 pm EST

Cost Details:

This course was developed by 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). There is no cost to participate in the pilot program. Once complete, the instructional materials will be available at no cost to agencies throughout the United States.
 


Additional Details:

As part of this local pilot program, VCPI is seeking feedback from participants on the curriculum prior to national delivery.


eLearning Courses

After-Action Review and Reporting: An Introduction

Virtual

Start Date:

01/01/2022 12:00 am EST

End Date:

12/31/2022 11:59 pm EST
View Description

This elearning program provides an overview of after-action reviews and their application as an effective organizational learning tool and powerful community policing strategy.

The one-hour course equips law enforcement personnel with the 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.

The course includes an assortment of multi-media resources which participants can utilize within the course itself, and after they’ve completed it.

This tuition-free online training was developed by the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) and was supported by cooperative agreement 2015-CK-WX-K003 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Audience: Although designed specifically for first line supervisors or officers in charge of conducting/overseeing the after-action process within their department, the program is appropriate for all local, state, and tribal law enforcement personnel, regardless of rank or position.

  • After-Action Review and Reporting: An Introduction Syllabus
  • Applied Evidence-Based Policing Practices: Homicide and Violent Crime Reduction

    Virtual

    Start Date:

    01/01/2022 12:00 am EST

    End Date:

    12/31/2022 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.

  • Applied Evidence-Based Policing Practices: Homicide and Violent Crime Reduction Syllabus
  • Community Policing Defined

    Virtual

    Start Date:

    01/01/2022 12:00 am EST

    End Date:

    12/31/2022 11:59 pm EST
    View Description

    Community Policing Defined is an interactive online course designed to provide participants with a basic awareness and understanding of the fundamental principles and best practices of community policing.  Based on the Department of Justice Officer of Community Oriented Policing Services 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.

    Comprised of four modules the course explores 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.  As such it is a valuable and appropriate training opportunity for a wide variety of law enforcement and public-safety professionals ranging from new hires to experienced personnel as well as community leaders business owners and other community stakeholders.

    Utilizing a blended learning approach Community Policing Defined prompts users to actively navigate through the course's comprehensive content which includes on-screen text graphics and narration. This design feature allows adult learners the flexibility to determine their own pace and sequence for completing the course.  Although Community Policing Defined requires a minimum of 4 hours of uninterrupted run-time participants should expect to spend between 8 and 12 hours to complete the 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 all law enforcement and criminal justice professionals as well as any community-policing stakeholders.

  • Community Policing Defined Syllabus
  • Community Policing: Improving Police Efficacy and Building Trust

    Virtual

    Start Date:

    01/01/2022 12:00 am EST

    End Date:

    12/31/2022 11:59 pm EST
    View Description

    Community Policing: Improving Police Efficacy and Building Trust (CPIPEBT) explores how emerging issues are necessitating a commitment to the key components of community policing: partnerships, organizational transformation, and problem solving.

    The course includes an examination of the current state of policing—both locally and nationally— addressing the current and emerging issues that challenge the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies and the well-being of the communities they serve. CPIPEBT challenges participants 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.

    Participants should expect to spend approximately 6 to 8 hours exploring the content and resources in this course.

    This tuition-free online training was developed by the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation and was originally supported by cooperative agreement 2014CWXK027 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

    Audience: CPIPEBT is geared toward law enforcement practitioners, criminal justice and public safety professionals, and appropriate stakeholders.

  • Community Policing: Improving Police Efficacy and Building Trust Syllabus
  • Contemporary Approaches for Responding Effectively to Community-Defined Disorder

    Virtual

    Start Date:

    10/05/2022 12:00 am EST

    End Date:

    12/31/2022 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:

    • 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 for Executives

    Virtual

    Start Date:

    10/05/2022 12:00 am EST

    End Date:

    12/31/2022 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:

    • 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:

    01/01/2022 12:00 am EST

    End Date:

    12/31/2022 11:59 pm EST
    View Description

    Crime Reduction: Enforcement and Prevention Strategies is designed to provide participants with an overview of best practices for crime reduction, including guidelines for implementing an organizational model for crime reduction at all levels within a police department. The course offers useful strategies for problem solving in order to develop immediate, short-term, and long-term responses to crime within a community.  

    Participants should expect to spend approximately 3-4 hours exploring the content and resources in this course. The design of the course allows participants to stop and resume the training based on the demands of their schedule. 

    This tuition-free online training was supported by cooperative agreement 2017-CK-WXK-001 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. 

    Audience: This course is intended for law enforcement personnel at any level of experience within organizations of any size.

  • Crime Reduction: Enforcement and Prevention Strategies Syllabus
  • Ethical Decision Making: Policing with Principled Insight

    Virtual

    Start Date:

    01/01/2022 12:00 am EST

    End Date:

    12/31/2022 11:59 pm EST
    View Description

    Ethical Decision Making: Policing with Principled Insight (EDM Online) is a thought-provoking eLearn course that explores the practice of decision making and the ethical principles that support effective policing. In one of its most impactful and rewarding endeavors to date VCPI partnered with the US Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to create the Ethical Decision Making: Policing with Principled Insight program. As part of this larger initiative EDM Online stresses 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. EDM Online invites participants to 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 each and every decision EDM Online is crafted as a concise and relevant course addressing the realities of policing in the 21st century.  Designed with the practitioner in mind EDM Online includes on-screen text videos and narration in a user-friendly eLearn environment that allows participants to start stop and resume the training based on their schedules.  Although EDM Online requires a minimum of 2 hours of uninterrupted run-time participants should expect to spend approximately 4 hours completing 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 all law enforcement and criminal justice professionals as well as any community-policing stakeholders.

  • Ethical Decision Making: Policing with Principled Insight Syllabus
  • Judicial Security Specialist Online

    Virtual

    Start Date:

    01/01/2022 12:00 am EST

    End Date:

    12/31/2022 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.

  • Judicial Security Specialist Online Syllabus
  • Problem-Oriented Policing: The SARA Model

    Virtual

    Start Date:

    01/01/2022 12:00 am EST

    End Date:

    12/31/2022 11:59 pm EST
    View Description

    Problem-Oriented Policing: The SARA Model is an interactive online course designed to provide participants 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. 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.

    Problem-Oriented Policing: The SARA Model delivers a comprehensive, blended-learning training program designed to provide participants with an overview and broad familiarization with key concepts and principles of one approach to problem-oriented policing in the 21st century.

    Participants should expect to spend approximately 2-4 hours exploring the content and resources in this 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 all law enforcement and criminal justice professionals, as well as any community-policing stakeholders.

  • Problem-Oriented Policing: The SARA Model Syllabus
  • Use of Drones by Public Safety Agencies: An Introduction

    Virtual

    Start Date:

    10/05/2022 12:00 am EST

    End Date:

    12/31/2022 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).

    Course Length: 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

    View Description

    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.


    Measuring What Matters e-Guide

    Virtual

    View Description

    The Measuring What Matters Web-Based e-Guide (MWM e-Guide) is designed to provide users with an overview of best practices and insights from practitioners and subject matter experts on relevant issues and topics related to maximizing police effectiveness. Specifically, the MWM e-Guide addresses the topics of violent crime reduction, organizational culture, officer safety and wellness, and measuring and sustaining success. It offers useful strategies and subject matter expert guidance that is supported by a researched core curriculum as well as links to existing relevant resources.

    Audience: The e-Guide is designed to be used as a flexible, self-paced professional development tool. As a standalone resource, it is not intended to be considered as a training program in and of itself (there is no certificate of completion as with traditional elearning programs); however, it can certainly be used by trainers as a supplemental content resource for their own training delivery needs. The content is ideal for law enforcement personnel of all assignments, representing agencies of all sizes and demographics. It may also be appropriate for non-law enforcement criminal justice practitioners and community stakeholders.

    Registration Fee:

    $0.00

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