Guest Post: Continued Learning: Obtaining Your Criminal Justice Degree Online

This post is something for those interested in becoming a police officer or those already in law enforcement looking to continue their education. Part of my efforts at this web-site and blog is to provide information i think is relevent to improving the law enforcement profession and those individuals who choose to serve in it. Education and training is the catalyst to that. These efforts are made possible even more today through online programs.

Learning Like an Expert: A Guest Post by Marshall Wallace

This guest post is from a fellow Boydian thinker, and friend Marshall Wallace. Marshall had mentioned at one of our Boyd and Beyond Boston meetings that he was working on a paper "Learning Like an Expert" below are his insights into what we need to do to create and nurture critical thinkers and problem solvers, this includes those of us in law enforcement.

Marshall explains There are four tools that the Training of Trainers needs to model. This modeling represents, on the one hand, how to gain experience, while on the other it also shows how to continue self-training.

Boyd and Beyond 2013

Boyd and Beyond

Dates for Boyd and Beyond 2013 at Quantico, Virginia, are 11 and 12 October 2013.

More details to follow.

Take Small Steps, Towards, Lifelong Learning In 2013

“The most powerful drive in the ascent of man is his pleasure in his own skill. He loves to do what he does well and, having done it well, he loves to do it better. You see it in his science. You see it in the magnificence with which he carves and builds, the loving care, the gaiety, the effrontery. The monuments are supposed to commemorate kings and religions, heroes, dogmas, but in the end the man they commemorate is the builder.” ~Jacob Bronowski

Ready, Aim, Ready?

The New York Times has a great article "Ready, Aim, Ready? that discusses the importance of not only traditional firearms training but the need for scenario based training. Firearms skills are perishable and decision making skills the same hold true, the skills are perishable.

"Leaders gain confidence and become more tactically and technically proficient... planning and conducting realistic training. Likewise, through the conduct of challenging training, soldiers gain confidence in themselves, their fellow soldiers, and their leaders, as well as in their weapons and equipment. The expression, TRAIN AS YOU WILL FIGHT, is more than just catchy rhetoric. If leadership is the heart of developing cohesion in organizations, training is the blood that enables all parts to work in synchronization with one another.


...TEAM BUILDING (Basic Small Unit Leadership, Teamwork and Tactical Training--BSULTTT)

WHO: Law enforcement professionals, tactical operators seeking refresher training, any first responder, military personnel, and private executive security agents who seek basic fundamental proficiency in tactical operations, while receiving hands-on, practical experience on team-building and team leadership.

Book Review: Police Instructor: Deliver Dynamic Presentations, Create Engaging Slides & Increase Active Learning

Police Instructor “Just as police officers are the barbed wire that protects the sheep from the wolves, police instructors are the posts that provide them with a foundation of strength.”

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