Conducting Investigations For The Road Cop

This course is designed to enhance a patrol officer’s ability to properly investigate criminal activity.

This 2 day course teaches patrol officers the needs and dynamics of a crime scene and the fundamentals of all criminal investigations emphasizing elements necessary to build a strong case.  To enhance learning, officers will interact with role players in a mock crime scene.  

Unit Topics:

  • Crime Scene Management which is vital to solving criminal offenses
  • Establishing physical parameters of a crime scene
  • Properly protect and record Crime scene using report description, measurements, sketches and photographs
  • Rules governing and methods of the collection and preservation of evidence
  • Types of evidence: impressions, forensic biology, trace evidence, weapons and written documentation
  • Review and practice using components of a forensic kit including fingerprinting
  • Conducting on scene or field interviews
  • Reviewing the unique elements of assault, burglary and robbery crimes
  • Recognize features of suspicious death/suicide
  • How to prepare and document a proper investigative report
  • Courtroom testimony

Our Instructors use practical techniques and principles using a combination of classroom, lab and field exercises that simulate real world law enforcement situations that officers may face. 

Fee: $239

Building Successful Cases Through Report Writing 


Professional report writing is essential to every officer.  

During this one-day class, differing types of reports and key elements to include with each report are studied.  Style, grammar and punctuation skills are reviewed.  Modern and various methods on accurately reconstructing events, organizing thoughts and observations at a scene to generate a timeline are taught.   

Officers are taught that a well-written report needs to be:

  • Efficient, including only necessary words and facts
  • Professional, free of grammar and spelling mistakes
  • Objective, omitting opinions, explanations, and theories
  • Thorough, including all pertinent information
  • Organized, presented in a logical sequence

In addition to report writing, a segment of the class will cover witness and suspect interview skills and techniques and how to decipher differing accounts and record statement.  Class will stress necessity of documentation of custody of evidence, how injuries were handled, and investigations carried out.  Lastly, courtroom testimony skills will be reviewed stressing challenges that can be made to the officer’s report.  

Fee: ​$149

Essential Patrol Updates

Domestic Violence Investigations 

Search and Seizure

Drug Trends

Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act and the Police

Officers will review current legislation and update patrol practices on 4 important law enforcement topics.

Domestic Violence Investigations

This course is designed to update and enhance an officer’s skills in responding to and investigating a Domestic Violence incident.  

Instructors will examine Attorney General Guidelines with officers reviewing updates and changes in law.  Emphasis will be given to responding to and handling of a Domestic Violence incident involving Law enforcement personnel sworn or civilian.  Investigation practices will be taught including interviewing and documenting victims and witnesses statements, documenting evidence handling especially photographing evidence, report writing and courtroom presentation.  The importance of treating a DV incident like any other assault will be stressed.

Discussions will include: understanding and supporting victim’s responses, concerns and rights, the cycle of violence and responding    to the same location multiple times, potential criminal charges in a DV incident, interpreting self-defense, and the officer’s attitudes and beliefs.

Search and Seizure 

This is an overview of the latest laws, court decisions and policing strategies affecting the area of Arrest, Search and Seizure.

Instructors will review the most recent cases that have come out over the past two-years and discuss their impact on police operations.  Officers will gain understanding and implications of the laws to withstand court scrutiny.  During this segment, officers will review using video and audio to the officer’s benefit.

Drug Trends

Recognizing modern age, designer drugs and the paraphernalia associated with use.  

The latest emerging drug trends will be discussed and the participants will receive a firsthand look at the new drug culture. Bath Salts, Synthetic Cannabinoids, new forms of pharmaceutical abuse, research chemicals, salvia, and many other drug trends will be examined.

CUMMA, Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act and the Police 

During this portion, officers will study the components of the Medical Marijuana Law and how to enforce it.   Officers will learn how to handle interactions with citizens regarding medical marijuana prescriptions and how and when to conduct medical marijuana investigations. During the course, there will be a segment reviewing new “Designer” drugs and other substances of abuse.   

 Fee: $99

​​CRISIS INTERVENTION and Verbal De-Escalation for

the 1st Responder    

This course prepares students to assess, contain and diffuse crisis situations. 

In any type of a crisis call that your officers respond to, how the first officer on scene handles it can make a life-saving difference. Our 2-day course combines classroom training led by an experienced FBI trained crisis/hostage negotiator with the use of professional role players to bring the training to life.

This impactful course gives an overview and the basic elements of critical communication skills and negotiation techniques.  Verbal De-escalation is what we use during a potentially dangerous, or threatening, situation in an attempt to prevent a person from causing harm to us, themselves or others.  This 2 day course will teach the verbal de-escalation/communication skills (for crisis and other day-to-day situations) to assist officers in the routine performance of their job in situations such as: assisting someone with a possible mental illness, domestic disturbances, dealing with children, assisting victims, helping traumatized witnesses, and even diffuse and dissuade potentially suicidal/violent subject from reacting to stressors with violence. 

Topics covered:

Quickly evaluate any interaction to determine whether de-escalation efforts are reasonable to consider, tactically practical, and likely to be successful
Strategies for ensuring personal safety
Behavior Escalation Stages
Using tone, body language and appropriate words
Understanding physiological changes during aggression

 Crisis Intervention and Verbal De-escalation Training provides law enforcement professionals with time-tested communication skills proven to help de-escalate volatile situations.  These skills when used by police officers significantly enhance the agency’s professional image and relations with the community.               


Comments of former students: 

                                                                 “This is the best training I ever had.”

                                                 “Everybody should get Crisis Intervention Training.” 

                                                     “I will use this training every day of my career.” 

                                   ​Fee: $199

​​Patrol  Tactics

Developing a Proactive Patrol Officer


This one day course teaches Advanced Patrol Tactics and Hidden Compartment Searches.
  Officers learn how to go beyond ticket writing to making quality criminal cases.

Patrol Tactics will teach officers to develop and trust instincts, to identify illegal activity, to investigate with road-side interview techniques and perform searches working within constitutional guidelines and legal restrictions leading to solid criminal cases and arrests.  The report writing component teaches documenting all pertinent facts needed to support case and withstand defense scrutiny.  Segments on safety practices, hidden compartments and using in-car video for your benefit round out the day.        

                                                                                                                                             Fee: $179   

"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."

Winston Churchill

Training for the Patrol Officer -  10 Courses

Courtroom Procedure and Testimony

Effective courtroom performance is founded
upon knowledge,diligent preparation and practice.

Testifying in court may be the most difficult and important task an officer faces in his or her career.

 In the courtroom, an officer and his/her department are subjected to intense scrutiny. The officer’s credibility, competency and conduct in the courtroom will have a large impact on the outcome of the trial.  As an effective witness, officers will ensure that the work that they and his/her fellow officers did on the case, all that the victims and their families endured, and all the work by prosecutors will not be in vain.   A single police officer's ineffective presentation in the courtroom can result in the acquittal of a defendant, no matter the amount of solid evidence you may have collected.

In this course, instructors will thoroughly train police officers and detectives to be well prepared for trial, excellent witnesses in court and to be familiar with legal terminology and procedures.

1. The lecture component of this course will include:

  • Characteristics of a well written report
  • Fundamentals of being a good witness
  • Common mistakes made
  • Procedure of the court and steps in a trial
  • The science of communication both verbal and nonverbal
  • Behaviors and attitudes that enhance & weaken credibility
  • Learn and avoid the most common defense tactics, traps and pitfalls
  • Use of forms and documents while you’re testifying

2.  Actual trial exercises which include direct and cross-examination of attendees on hypothetical case scenarios.
3.  Video tapes of actual police officer testimony demonstrating particularly effective and ineffective examples with classroom review and discussion.

Course Fee:  $179

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1st Responder Interactions With the The Special Needs Community 

Police Officers and other 1st Responders encounter people with physical, emotional and/or cognitive disabilities, like autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in the daily execution of their service.  This specialized training provides officers, EMT’s and fire safety personnel tools and resources to effectively manage potentially difficult situations with these citizens.

​During this training, officers will learn and understand the common characteristics and behaviors often displayed by those with developmental disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders. Included throughout the day principles, tactics and techniques that will help 1st Responders deal with those with ASD, mental retardation, Down syndrome, history of brain injuries, emotional disorders, situational anxiety, or those experiencing psychological or physical trauma.

The course will review:

  • Socialization difficulties and people with ASD including their often not understanding appropriate or safe responses
  • Dealing with someone exhibiting difficulty with expressive and receptive language and interpreting non-verbal cues
  • Being familiar with repetitive behaviors, self-stimulatory movements, organizing behaviors common with ASD
  • Recognizing and responding to communication challenges, such as lack of eye contact, unusual tone of voice, disassociated speech - seemingly meaningless answers, delayed responses, and unusual balance or gait
  • The Autism Directive Cycle (ADC) aka the Crisis Directive Cycle (CDC)
  • Officer Presence and nonverbal communication to those with cognitive developmental delays
  • Officer Safety
  • Medical Precautions
  • Techniques for responding to people with ASD and other intellectual and developmental disabilities

            “People with developmental disabilities are at least 7 times more likely to attract the attention of the police, because their  unique                                                communication styles and social characteristics may frighten or disturb some people” (Curry K, Posluszny M.,  Kraska S, 1993). People                                 with ASD and other developmental disorders are also more likely to be victimized than other people (Mansell, Sobsey, Wigosh, & Zawallich,                              1997). 

By learning and using appropriate strategies, 1st responders can effectively manage situations dealing with children and adults with challenging behaviors due to neurological, psychological, and physical disabilities. 

Fee $99

Tourism Policing

Officers are taught to be community ambassadors while at the same time ensuring the safety of everyone in the community.

Tourism Policing's purpose is to maintain peace and calm for year-round residents while ensuring visitors enjoy all our community has to offer.  Many officers have little experience with tourism policing which often leads to frequent mistakes, complaints and inadequate delivery of police services to our community. 

This course will cover policing issues common in a tourist based community:

  • Dealing and interacting with diverse groups of people
  • Overcoming language barriers
  • Techniques to diffuse irate, volatile persons
  • Public intoxication
  • Quality of life crimes and dealing with underage persons
  • Noise complaints, nuisance complaints and parking issues
  • Enforcing town ordinances appropriately
  • Techniques to avoid over or under reacting

Fee: $99

Advanced Street Interviews to Uncover Criminal Activity

This course teaches various techniques to enable the officer to gain information and determine the accuracy of it during hurried roadside interviews.  

This course is for patrol officers and detectives to effectively deal with the challenges of a roadside interview.  Skills taught will enable officer to manage and control the environment and deal with time constraints.  Practical exercises will reinforce instruction.   

Our highly-experienced instructors teach how to:

  • Identify common criminal behaviors and signals
  • Interview management
  • Detect deception by analyzing verbal and nonverbal cues
  • Developing short-term rapport and conversational skills to extend interview
  • Recognizing defense mechanisms and emotional and stress responses
  • Ways to overcome denials
  • Giving Miranda application, ensure the admissibility of statements, and constitutional requirements
  • Effective law enforcement recording     

Fee $179

Dynamic Training for Law Enforcement,

School, and Business Professionals

​​Concealed Compartments 

Auto and Home

Criminals use hidden compartments in vehicles and homes to hide their illegal drugs, guns, and money from the police. Every officer has stopped a vehicle with a hidden compartment but never knew it.  This course will teach your officers what to look for to spot these hidden compartments and find the illegal items. 

The course is taught by a New York State Police Detective, a recognized expert in this field. This course is taught to police and government agencies around the world in conjunction with the DEA and this course is now available to every officer in our area.

This course teaches you:

  • What to look for when stopping a vehicle, the tell-tale signs that a vehicle had been altered to create a hidden compartment.
  • To listen for the things the people say to indicate they are operating a vehicle with a hidden compartment.
  • Where to look on the vehicle and in residences to find these hidden compartments.

This course is a must for every officer that works the road and every detective that serves search warrants. The course also highlights the physical indicators and verbal clues used by individuals concealing illicit contraband. 

The course through the use of lecture, video and hands on inspection of actual concealed compartments in vehicles, furniture and household items allows the student to see the mechanics of these compartments. Designed to familiarize the student with many types of concealment, it covers both commercially available items as well as custom manufactured compartments.

Fee: $199