eLearning Courses


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

Online Class

Tuition-Free

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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.

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  • Community Policing Defined

    Online Class

    Tuition-Free

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    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.
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  • Ethical Decision Making: Policing with Principled Insight

    Online Class

    Tuition-Free

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    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.

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  • Judicial Security Specialist Online

    Online Class

    Tuition-Free

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    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.

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  • New Perspectives on Community Policing

    Online Class

    Tuition-Free

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    For over three decades the principles of community policing have been a driving force in American law enforcement.  Yet for all of 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.  New Perspectives on Community Policing is a web-based training course that examines how change emerging issues and threats are necessitating a reinvigorated commitment to the key components of community policing:  community partnerships organizational transformation and problem solving.

    The course introduces this new perspective on community policing and offers an overview of the dramatic shifts and challenges that are faced by law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. New Perspectives on Community Policing also offers problem-solving tools examples of successful police and community partnerships and numerous community-policing resources.

    New Perspectives on Community Policing has been developed as a modular online training that will require an absolute minimum of 4 hours to complete. However its technology-enhanced design allows participants to start stop and resume the training based on their schedules and the demands of the day.

    Flexible interactive and relevant the course offers participants an outstanding opportunity to gain new insights on community policing and its role in today's complex world.  It is ideal for all law enforcement and criminal justice professionals as well as any community-policing stakeholders.

    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.

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  • Tactical Community Policing for Homeland Security

    Online Class

    Tuition-Free

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    Tactical Community Policing for Homeland Security (TCPHS Online) focuses on strengthening the capacity of law enforcement agencies to implement an all-crimes approach based on community policing principles. The fundamental premise is that terrorism and community policing are both philosophical approaches aimed at influencing civilian populations. Whereas terrorism seeks to inspire fear and coerce civilian populations into submission community policing aims to preserve order diminish fear and build resilience.

    Throughout this eLearn course participants explore the following topics: 

    • Community Partnerships
    • Practical Problem Solving Strategies
    • Proactive Prevention Intervention and Interdiction Strategies
    • Values Based Policing in the Climate of Terrorism

    TCPHS Online is crafted as a concise and relevant eLearn course addressing the realities of policing in the 21st century. Designed with the practitioner in mind the course 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 it 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.

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  • Violence Interdiction: A Proactive Approach to Mitigating Conflict

    Online Class

    Tuition-Free

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    Violence Interdiction: A Proactive Approach to Mitigating Conflict (VI Online) is an innovative eLearn course that equips law enforcement with the practical skills and knowledge necessary to tackle escalating violence through a proactive and tough interdiction approach. Based on crime prevention principles VI Online shatters the notion that law enforcement is limited to responding to conflict only after it has escalated to violence. Instead this web-based course highlights the opportunities that law enforcement and criminal justice professionals have to intervene prior to escalation.

    The course explores a variety of strategies that help mitigate conflict and examines the steps to identify assess and manage threats in ways that may prevent violence from occurring at all.

    VI Online is a modular technology-enhanced training that includes on-screen text graphics and narration in an interactive and user friendly eLearn environment.  Designed with the criminal justice practitioner in mind VI Online allows participants to start stop and resume the training based on their schedules and the demands of the day. Although VI Online requires a minimum of 4 hours of uninterrupted run-time participants should expect to spend between 8 and 12 hours to complete this comprehensive dynamic and timely course. 

    This is tuition-free online training is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance.

    Audience: Concepts covered in this course are applicable for all criminal justice disciplines including law enforcement patrol crime prevention specialists corrections probation and parole courts and more.

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