Friday, June 13, 2014

Roll Call Training

Supervisors, very day at the start of your shift, unless there is an urgent call holding, make sure your officers get a training tip.  Ideally, every week your agency should publish a short training topic that will take about five to twenty minutes to present.  Then every roll call the officers who have not done the training for that week will sit through the training class.

Make sure there is a short quiz, two to five questions, fill in the blank types, that require the officer to fill in a critical bit of information.  Example:  Section 459 Burglary requires that a person enter the specified structure to commit theft or any felony.  The officer fills in the world "enter" in his own handwriting, signs and dates the document.  The tests are then corrected and remedial training is given until everyone achieves 100% correct responses.  The tests are then filed in the officers training file.

This way the agency has an on-going supply of documents that show they are continually reminding officers of various topics important to the safe and effective performance of their jobs.  It helps to inoculate the agency, the supervisor and even the officer from an inadequate training lawsuit.  At the end of the year, everyone will have been trained or refreshed on four dozen topics or more; that's what the SGT Says.

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