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Liability for Police

March 13, 2024
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $199

Instructor: John East
Campus/Room: Snead State Technical Center, Boaz
Course Description: We live in a litigious society. These days, too many people want to sue the police. Defendants find legitimate ways to get money from the department, officer or government on issues related to constitutional rights, use of force, negligence, and failure to train or supervise.
Upon successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Reduce the amount of zeros on the check.
  • Identify ethical responsibilities.
  • Distinguish between mistake versus misconduct.
  • Reduce your exposure to failure to train or supervise lawsuits.
  • Identify methods used by antagonists and plaintiffs.
  • Apply lessons learned from key cases.
  • Become more aware of your body cameras.
  • Work with your jurisdiction’s attorneys to dismiss lawsuits.

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Team Building for Supervisors

March 27, 2024
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $199

Instructor: Jarrett Williams
Campus/Room: Snead State Technical Center, Boaz
Course Description: Leading a group of individuals can be one of the most challenging, yet rewarding parts of your job. Leading through conflict, disagreement, and varied personalities takes intentional leadership skills. This workshop will address the various barriers you’ll face and give you the tools needed to mold your officers into cohesive teams.
Upon successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Identify the aspects of their teams that are producing both positive and negative results.
  • Determine what a successful team looks like.
  • Discuss and create a plan to optimize positive and reduce the negative.
  • Create actionable next-steps to include team goal setting, healthy conflict management, and creating a psychologically safe culture of choice within the team.

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Interpersonal Skills for Officers and New Investigators

April 10, 2024
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $199

Instructor: Mike Burleson
Campus/Room: Snead State Technical Center, Boaz
Course Description: Rapport is a “trusting” relationship between people. You need a trusting relationship to get to the truth and to help de-escalate tense situations. The problem is that most people, including victims and witnesses, don’t automatically trust the criminal justice professional. To get to the truth and help you de-escalate tense situations, you must master instant rapport building skills. This workshop focuses on knowing yourself and your surroundings well enough that you can connect with anyone instantly. Once you know yourself, you need to develop people skills that put you in charge while making others feel they can trust you enough to give you truthful information. Good people skills will also help you reduce the need for use of force
Upon successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Determine your desired rapport end state.
  • Assess your own personality character traits, life script, likes & dislikes, beliefs, biases.
  • Assess your own emotional intelligence strengths, motivations, and defense mechanisms.
  • Use victim advocate services to help build rapport.
  • Become situationally aware.
  • Develop solid first impressions.
  • Improve your approach and your body language.
  • Read others’ body language, mirror, match, and lead.

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Personality Assessment for Supervisors

April 24, 2024
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $199

Instructor: Dean Anderson
Campus/Room: Snead State Technical Center, Boaz
Course Description: Effective leadership begins with an understanding of yourself and others. Even if you have taken a DISC course, you will want to learn these special insights into motivating performance through application of personality traits and related influences.
Upon successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Use a personality assessment tool to identify personality types.
  • Apply personality traits to motivation.
  • Consider influences that support or interfere with innate personality traits.
  • Influence best performance.

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Basic Interviewing Skills for Officers and New Investigators

May 8, 2024
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $199

Instructor: Mike Burleson
Campus/Room: Snead State Technical Center, Boaz
Course Description: Interviewing is a process that requires practice. You, as the interviewer, must know what you are trying to accomplish. You need to be aware of all your senses and must be able to induce a reaction.
Upon successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Determine the best site to conduct the interview.
  • Make a plan but remain flexible.
  • Control the conversation.
  • Know when and how to produce a reaction.
  • Induce a reaction.
  • Articulate the information you received.

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Performance Management

May 22, 2024
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $199

Instructor: Dean Anderson
Campus/Room: Snead State Technical Center, Boaz
Course Description: What if you could change your organizational culture to reduce or eliminate the use of excessive force, improve morale, and generate loyalty, service, and outstanding performance — all while creating greater community support for your department? You can; by implementing these techniques for managing performance.
Upon successful completion, you  should be able to:

  • Involve members of your team in identifying competencies by which their performance will be assessed.
  • Align those competencies with your agency’s mission, values, culture and objectives; as well as community and stakeholder expectations.
  • Ensure all the members of your team know their responsibilities.
  • Ensure command is involved and kept informed.
  • Track accountabilities and hold your team accountable to what they’ve committed.
  • Celebrate successes and achievements.

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Asking Questions without Asking Questions

June 12, 2024
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $199

Instructor: Mike Burleson
Campus/Room: Snead State Technical Center, Boaz
Course Description: Using guided conversation techniques, you can discreetly move the conversation in directions that cause the interviewee to reveal desired information. Guided conversations can lead to elicitation and more in-depth questioning. [For parole and probation officers, this workshop supports motivational interviewing]
Upon successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Conduct casual conversations in interviews and interrogations.
  • Identify the objective and design a guided conversation plan.
  • Start the conversation by implementing an effective approach and establishing rapport.
  • Keep the conversation going by employing red light/green light and active listening techniques.
  • Pick up on important topics and use segues and bridging to control the conversation.
  • Explore sensitive topics.
  • Determine why elicitation works.
  • Learn and employ elicitation techniques.
  • Identify and overcome deflection methods.

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Crime Elements for Officers and New Investigators

June 26, 2024
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $199

Instructor: Jarrett Williams
Campus/Room: Snead State Technical Center, Boaz
Course Description: Prosecutors must prove each statutory element of the crimes charged beyond a reasonable doubt to get convictions. If the defense counsel can introduce reasonable doubt in any “one” element, the accused can walk. Your ability to properly identify and prove each element gives you confidence that your arrests are solid and should result in a confession or conviction.
Upon successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Apply statutory requirements for culpability.
  • Understand crime elements, in general, to include definitions and aggravating/mitigating circumstances.
  • Explore your state’s criminal statutes for all possible crimes related to a criminal event scenario.
  • Find the elements of specific crimes in statute and outline them in provable pieces.
  • Explore ways to prove each element of specified crimes.
  • Consider exceptions and defenses.
  • Given scenarios, present the best evidenced-based case to a prosecutor.

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Writing for Convictions

July 10, 2024
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $199

Instructor: Dean Anderson
Campus/Room: Snead State Technical Center, Boaz
Course Description: Writing matters! Words matter. Even though some of your reports won’t make it to a trial, every report will lead to a decision about your arrests, treatment of arrestees, and ultimately confessions and/or convictions. This workshop is different than many other writing workshops in that we focus on storytelling and the support that can be used in court, rather than just fulfilling your agency’s requirement to document an incident.
Upon successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Determine how your reports may be used in court.
  • Positively identify every person.
  • Tell a story that the jury can experience in chronological order.
  • Avoid confusion.
  • Write in active voice and use good grammar.
  • Include details responding to the interrogatories.
  • Create effective supporting documentation that stand on their own.
  • Connect evidence to the crime elements.

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Intermediate Criminal Investigations

July 24, 2024
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $199

Instructor: John East
Campus/Room: Snead State Technical Center, Boaz
Course Description: You know the intricacies of investigation. However, even the most experienced investigators can paint themselves into a corner. In this workshop, you should gain the ability to see crimes from different perspectives, thus avoiding confirmation bias or blindsiding the prosecutor.
Upon successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Develop a sound theory of the case and possible alternate theories.
  • Build a strong case that mitigates suspects’ defenses.
  • Use crime elements effectively.
  • Collect evidence that proves the crime elements.
  • Interview witnesses and victims.
  • Effectively interrogate suspects.
  • Manage the crime scene.
  • Know how new technology can benefit your investigations.

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