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Friday, March 23, 2012

Road Trip!

Lino Lakes PD using TSO during use-of-force training
I will be out of the office and on the road quite a bit in the next few weeks, traveling across Minnesota for our annual LMCIT Loss Control Workshops. This series is a nine-city outreach that promotes our loss control programs and provides practical, affordable training for city staff.

This year we are offering both a morning and an afternoon police track. We start the day with our new initiative to reduce the injuries associated with police training—the Training Safety Officer (TSO) course. It has been tested, it works, and it does not reduce the intensity of the training.

The morning police track will continue with “Police Injury Management: How Can You Help?” This course will focus on trends and what other departments are doing to reduce injuries. The final morning session is “Off-the-Cuff: When Can You Handcuff?” In Minnesota, we have some new case law that you need to know about in regards to pre-arrest detention.

The police track continues in the afternoon with “De-escalation Tactics for Veterans in Crisis.” We are lucky to be able to offer this course, which is in demand all over the country. It is being taught by Wayne Shellum and staff from the Upper Midwest Policing Institute. It is full of good everyday police de-escalation tactics, and it provides tools to aid on calls with veterans.

We have not forgotten you, and we have learned that scheduling training on weekdays makes the training very hard for most of you to attend. Last fall we offered evening trainings with Dr. Rich Gasaway. Those classes were full, and the evaluations told us the firefighters wanted more—and they preferred the evening class. We will be offering evening firefighter training later this spring and again this fall. We should have something on the website and the blog soon.

Our Loss Control Workshops begin in Bemidji on March 27
Road trip
The road trip starts in Bemidji on March 27, and heads to Fergus Falls, Springfield, Willmar, Brooklyn Park, Saint Paul, Biwabik, Rochester, and Saint Cloud. The training costs $20, the courses are approved for POST credit, and lunch is included. I will be at all nine cities and look forward to meeting you and having lunch or coffee. I want to hear your concerns and find out what is going well.

For more information and to register :


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Up next time...a few notes from the road!

In the meantime, stay safe and be careful.

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