Different instructors have different ways of training. It makes perfect sense; each department has a specific way of doing things, different topics/needs that need to be emphasized, different schedules and so forth. But what should not deviate from one department to the next is the approach to training and education.

Or in other words, instructors need to utilize a science-based approach in their classroom.

For decades, training has consisted of a mish-mash of “the way it’s always been done” with a few required updated topics thrown in. However, with the modern challenges our officers face, communities are demanding—and rightfully deserve—fully and highly trained law enforcement. This means our officers must be fully prepared to handle increasingly complex situations, and thus require a new method of education.

While revamping classroom training into a science-based approach may seem difficult, the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) and its Partner Advisory Committee (IPAC) created a science-based learning digital report for instructors to read, download and implement. You can access this document here.

This PDF includes valuable articles such as “How Evidence-Based Training Developed and Evolved” from VirTra’s Lon Bartel; “How the Science of Human Performance Can Accelerate Skills Development” from W. Lewinski, Ph. D., and J. Robb, Ph. D.; and more. Readers can find studies, solutions, references and more in addition to well-rounded articles to help instructors update their training methods.

By stepping away from “the way it’s always been” and gravitating towards a science-based approach, your officers can protect their communities to the best of their abilities. Protect your officers and community with this readily-available training. Start today.

September 22, 2020: The International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST®) and its Partner Advisory Committee (IPAC) have released a new Science-Based Learning digital report – “Why Law Enforcement Needs to Take a Science-Based Approach to Training and Education” – to serve as a reference point for chiefs, sheriffs, mayors, risk managers, Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Directors, training academy directors and all those who have an investment in police training and education. As IADLEST’s mission is to support the innovative development of professional standards in public safety, this digital report is designed to increase the quality and sustainability of training and education in law enforcement agencies.

Topics covered in the report include evidence-based training, the science of human performance and skills development, sustaining a science-based approach, enhancing online learning, and measuring performance outcomes. With the contributions of IPAC members, the report is an informed response to the law enforcement training challenges faced in 2020.

“The timing of this report is ideal,” said Mike Becar, IADLEST Executive Director. “We must use this tool to transform the quality of law enforcement training and education in ways that will contribute to lasting progress.” IADLEST strives for a continual improvement in our industry and together with the finest forward progressing leaders in our industry we hope this digital guide will be a relevant and timely resource and guide to be implemented moving forward. To download your copy of the Digital Report, please visit the webpage here.

Learn More About IPAC:

The IADLEST Partner Advisory Committee (IPAC) supports the IADLEST mission by providing research and proven best practices for high quality training and education. IPAC seeks to advance the public safety profession with a vision of outcomes-based police training and standards. Learn more here.

Learn More About IADLEST:

IADLEST is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming policing by promoting excellence in training and professional standards. Our membership is comprised of key leaders in law enforcement training, including the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Directors of every state in the U.S., as well as state and local training academy directors. With these two influential groups, we directly impact 664 basic law enforcement training academies and approximately 900,000 police and correctional officers in the country. Because we believe in learning from, and sharing our experiences with, other countries, we are proud to have international members and thus have a worldwide perspective and dialogue regarding public safety standards and training. Learn more here.