Training Agenda

2021 ALERT International Training Symposium/Conference
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Sept. 26 – 30, 2021

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Conference Training Agenda

Glimpse of topics and presenters….

Legally Justified – Lt. Jim Glennon
Legally Justified; But was it avoidable analyzes dozens of recent use of force videos and focuses on the totality of interaction.  We dissect the behavior of the offender and more importantly, the thoughts and behavioral processes of the officer(s) involved.  Specifically, we consider if poor or ill-advised tactics, ineffective communication, a lack personal control and/or a misunderstanding of acute stress led the officer(s) to escalate the event unintentionally and unconsciously.
Force: Can it be avoided? How? Will it be?
Powerful research: how stress breaks down your ability to process information
Handling pressure at the pivotal moment
Did poor tactics contribute to the need to shoot
Don’t throw fuel on the fire! Controlling the inner “idiot”
The overall goal and how stress diverts from that mission
Slowing things down can be your most powerful tactic
A hard look at the reason mistakes are being made
Cognitive deterioration leads to “Decision Decline”
Avoiding Behavioral and Content Loops
The Power of Mid-Event Disengagement

Transformational Trainer – John Bostain
Regardless of subject matter expertise, the role of the trainer is to enhance the performance of their students. The Transformational Trainer is an instructor enhancement program designed to help you focus on the “how to train” not just the “what to train”. This program is designed to challenge instructors to think differently about law enforcement training to improve the quality of learning transfer so that work performance improves. Through guided discussions, case studies, video analysis, self-assessments and small group exercises, participants will explore:
Transformational Trainer
The Science of Learning: Making it “Stick”
Generational Differences and Communication Styles
Human Performance Factors that Affect Decision Making
A New Look at Student Feedback
Eliminating Death by PowerPoint
Continuous Self-Improvement

The future of driving simulation in law enforcement training – Pierro Hirsch & Doug Larson
Motor vehicle crashes have become a major cause of severe and fatal injuries for law enforcement (LE) officers. Traditional training methods cannot reliably recreate the wide range of driving risks that LE officers encounter or objectively measure their performance during training. Recent advances in simulator-based training in basic and advanced skills can be applied to training and testing LE officers’ abilities to anticipate and manage traffic conflicts and to reduce motor vehicle crash risk.
Past experience in simulation-based law enforcement driver training.
Research evaluations of simulation-based driver training
Future promise: Applying what we know to improve training outcomes.