Class Topics and Descriptions 

 

Body Language Assessment

 

  Course Description: 40 hours. This class will assist the student's overall understanding of body language and communication. The topics include general body language, communication mindsets, gestures, facial expressions and anxiety. This class will also focus on documenting observations in reports. The target audience for this class is patrol officers, investigators, school resource officers, correctional officers, and agency trainers. 

Course Objective: Students will be able to recognize behaviors that may enhance communication, articulate themselves better, recognize warning signs and possibly change the outcome of encounters for the better. 

Method of Instruction: This is a participative, lecture-style course using audio-visual presentations. 

 

 

Deception Detection 

 

Course Description: 24 hours. This class will help criminal justice officers recognize behavioral tells and body language associated with deception in a variety of applications. The topics include body language, communication mindsets, cognitive limitations, psychological aspects of deception, verbal analysis and questioning techniques. This class will also focus on documenting observations in reports. The target audience for this class is patrol officers, investigators, school resource officers, correctional officers, agency trainers and background investigators. 

Course Objective: Students will be able to recognize behaviors and statements associated with deception and be able to articulate these observations. 

Method of Instruction: This is a participative, lecture-style course using audio-visual presentations and practical scenarios. 

 

Complacency: The Misunderstood Killer in Law Enforcement

 

Course Description: 24 hours. This class will help the student understand the psychological aspects of complacency and how to develop a plan to minimize it. The topics include understanding the mindsets associated with complacency, the contributing psychological factors and how agency training and operations contribute to complacent behaviors. The target audience for this class is patrol officers, investigators, school resource officers, correctional officers, supervisors, command staff and agency trainers.

Course Objective Students will be able to understand how complacency affects officers and methods to minimize its effects on themselves and others.  

Method of Instruction: This is a participative, lecture-style course using audio-visual presentations. 

 

 

Stay Ready: Situational Awareness and Ambush Indicators

 

  Course Description: 40 hours. This class is based on the book Stay Ready and will aid in the criminal justice officer’s overall understanding of behaviors in different environments. The topics include body language, understanding mindsets, surveillance behaviors, profiling environments for dangerous behaviors and avoiding ambushes. This class will also focus on documenting observations in reports. The target audience for this class is patrol officers, investigators, school resource officers, correctional officers, and agency trainers.

Course Objective: Students will be able to recognize behaviors and mindsets in their environments that are potentially dangerous. This class is also focused on understanding surveillance behaviors and ambush avoidance. 

Method of Instruction: This is a participative, lecture-style course using audio-visual presentations and practical scenarios.

 

 

Behavior and Psychological Indicators or School/Mass Violence

 

  Course Description: 24 hours. This class will help student recognize behavioral and psychological tells associated with those who have or will commit extreme violence and or mass murder. The desired outcome is for officers to be able to identify and manage suspects before they become perpetrators of violence. The target audience for this class is school resource officers, correctional officers, and patrol officers. 

Course Objective: Students will be able to recognize behaviors that may indicate impending violence, de-escalate the conditions, and possibly change the outcome for the better. 

Method of Instruction: This is a participative, lecture-style course using audio-visual presentations. 

 

 

Verbal De-Escalation Techniques 

 

  Course Description: 16 hours. This class will help criminal justice officer’s overall understanding of verbal de-escalation from a law enforcement and psychological perspective. The topics include general body language, psychology, anticipating  and deescalating violent encounters. This class will also focus on documenting observations and actions in reports. The target audience for this class is patrol officers, investigators, school resource officers, correctional officers, and agency trainers. 

Course Objective: Students will be able to recognize behaviors that may enhance communication, recognize pre-violence, de-escalate hostile conditions, and possibly change the outcome for the better. 

Method of Instruction: This is a participative, lecture-style course using audio-visual presentations. 

 

Suspicious Behaviors and Pre-Attack Indicators 

 

  Course Description: 24  hours. This class will assist the students overall understanding of body language from a suspicious behavior and pre-violence perspective. The topics include general body language, anxiety, basics of suspicious actions, anticipating violent encounters,  and deescalating violent encounters. This class will also focus on documenting observations in reports. The target audience for this class is patrol officers, investigators, school resource officers, correctional officers, and agency trainers. 

Course Objective: Students will be able to recognize behaviors that may enhance communication, ,recognize pre-violence, de-escalate hostile conditions, and possibly change the outcome for the better. 

Method of Instruction: This is a participative, lecture-style course using audio-visual presentations.