Posted on Dec. 8, 2020 by Christopher Dorch

All instructors have heard the phrase “evidence-based training.” But what exactly does this term imply and how can it affect law enforcement?

Lon Bartel, VirTra’s Director of Training and Curriculum, defines it as, “[researching] and then [implementing] the best practices to create and sustain a functional officer. This is done with a critical analysis of training methods and selecting the most efficient for creating needed and lasting change.”

Essentially, evidence-based training is interweaving powerfully proven tactics into training programs to ensure officers are best prepared for the field—and the unique needs of the communities they serve.

Not only does evidence-based training create well-equipped officers, it also translates into maximized training sessions and reduced training scars. Though the benefits to evidence-based training are apparent, the fact is, transitioning to this type of training program can be difficult. Instructors must consider several key aspects for the transition to be successful, which are listed in the digital report “Why Law Enforcement Needs to Take a Science-Based Approach to Training and Education.”

Learn more about evidence-based training, the science of human performance and more by downloading the booklet here.

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