Developing and Preparing Cops for the Adaptive Challenges of The Street: Instructors Roundtable Podcast Episode

The Instructors' Roundtable produced by the folks at the Tactical Breakdown podcast have gathered some of policing's best instructors and subject matter experts get together for a 3 hour discussion. Tony Blauer, John Bostain, Scott Savage and Chris Butler collaborate and answer questions on police development and use of force. I listened to the whole 3 hours and it was well worth my time. It is not often you get an opportunity to hear some of policing's finest talk about real policing issues such as the differences between blocked or massed training verses interleaving our training. They take some of the most up to date research on developing and teaching cops how to think and do instead of telling them what to do.

Over the years we have written and talked about the adaptive leader methodology and using more researched and reliable tools to develop effective decision makers, in policing. The adaptive leader methodology has evolved over the years and is today known as Mission Command. These leadership methodologies are really about innovative ways to teach and develop your people so that the mission and intent of your organization is carried out. Learning to facilitate really is raising the bar of professional police development. The Instructors Roundtable gets deep into this.

Teaching takes effort and that effort includes continually learning, unlearning and relearning. That status quo does not cut it when it comes to developing people who are required to make life altering decisions. Your teaching efforts must enable an officer the ability to frame and solve problems as well as explain, defend and modify or adapt courses of action.

Facilitation is a teaching methodology that takes dedicated instructors that go way beyond lecture and block training. Teachers of cops who look to develop sense-making, problem solving, adaptability, metacognition and attention control not only understand interleaving, retrieval, spacing, feedback driven metacognition as tools to teach. they also understand the difference of "TELLING PEOPLE WHAT TO DO versus TEACHING THEM HOW TO THINK AND DO." This type of teaching and development takes its form in tactical decision games (includes force on force), after action reviews, case studies, critical or Socratic questions and other problem solving tools that foster student officer engagement and learning, to develop their speed and maturity of decision making, while at the same time developing a gung ho, working together culture that is focused on lifelong learning while reaching successful outcomes in the most extreme conditions police officers face.

The Tactical Break Down Podcast is new to me but I am telling you now after listening to this and a couple of other shows, it is a fantastic effort that will have a positive ripple affect on policing. Nice work guys. I look forward to following, sharing your work and learning from you and your guests.

Stay Oriented!