Brain plasticity: A whole new idea for cops



Recent brain research has tremendous impact in the way officers can now train and increase the power of their brains. ~John Demand

Great article I highly recommend over at PoliceOne on training to develop more aware and more effective decision makers by my good friend John Demand from Observation on Demand.

Handling people and problems cops do is about much more than the gun or your physical skills. It is about awareness, decision making and taking appropriate action on the street which means you must possess not only the physical skills but  also the cognitive ability to think and decide under pressure. This ability must be conditioned like the physical skills you possess. If you don’t use it, you lose it! This applies to both body and mind. 

Cops need to get a better understanding of how we make decisions and that it actually takes work, to create and nurture the ability to decide under pressure. With the uptick in violence against cops it is time we adapted our training methodologies to meet this threat and the demands of policing.

“Law enforcement administrators are notorious “slow adaptors”. Phrases like “we have always done it that way” often prevail. However with the continued number of officer deaths, increased litigation, trying to do more with less and significant new challenges being faced by LE, the law enforcement community must embrace new ways of doing the job. Brain plasticity and brain training exercises are the means to get the edge on our adversaries and improve officer safety. With a very small investment and a minimal amount of time, officers can train themselves to increase their visual acuity and critical decision making skills.” ~John Demand

The emotional responses and the all too often false sense of urgency cops feel, equates with, proactive policing would benefit much from this research and John Demands article on how working out the brain is relevant to a cops ability to adapt. We must condition the brain like we do the body! I highly recommend you read this article!

“A Mans mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.” ~James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

Stay Oriented!