Courses Currently Available for Immediate Scheduling
This training module satisfies the TCOLE mandate following the passage of the Sandra Bland Act (SB 1849) by the Texas Legislature in 2017 requiring all Basic Proficiency Certified Texas Peace Officers to complete TCOLE #1849 every 48 months & all officers obtaining either an intermediate or advanced certificate. This module provides first responding police officers with the tools, skills, and options they need to successfully and safely defuse a range of critical incidents. Developed by PERF with input from hundreds of police professionals from across the United States, ICAT takes the essential building blocks of critical thinking, crisis intervention, communications, and tactics, and puts them together in an integrated approach to training. ICAT is designed especially for situations involving persons who are unarmed or are armed with weapons other than firearms, and who may be experiencing a mental health or other crisis. The training program is anchored by the Critical Decision-Making Model that helps officers assess situations, make safe and effective decisions, and document and learn from their actions. This training incorporates different skill sets into a unified training approach that emphasizes scenario-based exercises, as well as lecture and case study opportunities. This is an 8-hour TCOLE certified course available to your agency free of charge.
Legislative Updates From the 85th Texas Legislative Session
A considerable number of newly enacted laws will greatly impact law enforcement and other public safety practitioners, and this class was tailored for discussion on over two dozen changes to the Texas Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, Health and Safety Code, Traffic Code, and Government Code. Of particular interest will be changes in laws specific to Location Restricted Knives, open and concealed carry of handguns for peace officers while off duty, and many others. The course is a TCOLE certified, 4-hour class taught by law enforcement and legal subject matter experts who will explain how the new changes affect the way we do our jobs in real-world terms, with real-world examples. The course is free of charge, available through your agency training coordinators or by contacting us directly, and is eligible for 4 hours of TCOLE credit.
Texas Open Carry and Law Enforcement
A comprehensive look at House Bill 910, both the United States Constitution's 2nd Amendment and Texas Constitution Article 1, Section 23, and how they affect law enforcement agencies' response to open carry enthusiasts. Hear seasoned, veteran law enforcement and legal representatives speak about their experiences handling situations involving both compliant and non-compliant open carriers and the potential for litigation those encounters represent. The reinforcement of training on the proper handling of both legally and illegally armed individuals is a must. The course is 3-hour, TCOLE certified, and free of charge.
The Analytics of Report Writing for Effective Testimony
More cases are dismissed, criminals released into custody, and legal and civil penalties assessed against law enforcement agencies based on ineffective field note offense reports and substandard courtroom testimony than all other discrepancies combined. Our legal and law enforcement staffs represent some of the strongest subject matter experts in the discipline, and their experiences testifying to physical and testimonial evidence make this course worth the 4 hours dedicated to it. The course is 4-hour TCOLE certified, free of charge, and includes a comprehensive student guide for each participant.
Public Safety First Response to Active Shooter/Mass Casualty Incidents—A Comprehensive Look at Effective Response Strategies and Tactics
This course focuses on public safety response to incidents requiring multi-agency assistance and teamwork to stop the killing and dying while evacuating a "hot" zone while using Unified Command objectives to meld resources together rapidly and effectively. Our instructors include subject matter experts from law enforcement, fire/rescue, and emergency medical services with extensive experience managing critical incidents "down range." This is a 4-hour TCOLE certified course and free of charge.
Point of Contact Critical Wound Care for Public Safety Practitioners
In today’s unpredictable and corrosive working environment, public safety first responders face many dangers, including increasingly high numbers of active shooter incidents resulting in critical injury to themselves, victims, witnesses, and suspects. The objective of this course is providing essential critical wound care at the point of injury and increasing survivability for first responders, while allowing them to "stay in the fight." Certified tactical medics with years of experience "down range" will teach students comprehension of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC). All training is designed for first responders with little to no medical experience and is presented in an easy-to-learn format. It is a 4-hour TCOLE certified course delivered free of charge.
Use of Force/Deadly Force in 21st Century Policing
U.S. Law Shield’s course titled “A Comprehensive Look at Police Use of Force in the 21st Century” was developed as a vital tool for reinforcing current laws on use of force, directed discussion on Constitutionally accepted “reasonable” force applications, and pointed, real-world interaction between very experienced law enforcement and legal practitioners, and officers responsible for both the preservation of life safety and the security of lawful arrests, searches, and seizures, many of which involve the use of force or deadly force.
Civilian Response to an Active Shooter/Mass Casualty Incidents—Becoming an Active Participant in Your Own Rescue
This course focuses on members of the community who frequent restaurants, hospitals, theaters, churches, convenience stores and other locations considered soft, vulnerable targets by domestic and international terrorists. Our cadre of police special operations practitioners will teach civilians to recognize the need for constant situational awareness, the difference between Denial, Deliberation, and Decisive Action, and the tactics essential to being an active participant in their own safety—Run, Hide, and Fight. This course is 3 hours and free of charge.
This is a civilian training course and no TCOLE credits are awarded for attendance by LEO.
CIVILIAN MODULES AVAILABLE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPARTMENTS TO HOST:
House of Worship Active Shooter Congregation Response Training
This course focuses on the timely subject of an active shooter in a church or house of worship. Our team of police special operations & legal practitioners will teach civilians to recognize the need for constant situational awareness, the difference between Denial, Deliberation, and Decisive Action, and the tactics essential to being an active participant in their own safety. The basic principle will revolve around the “RUN, HIDE, FIGHT” concept and how it can apply to a worship environment. How does a License to Carry holder fit into the plan? The legal aspects of recent legislative changes and the legal impacts of use of force will be discussed. This course is geared to church attendees, will be 2.5 hours in length and is free of charge. This is a civilian training course and no TCOLE credits are awarded for attendance by LEO.
Introduction To Church Security Planning-Protecting The Flock
This introductory course focuses on the timely subject of an active shooter in a church or house of worship. Discussions will include establishing operations to observe attendees as they arrive, considerations to restricting backpacks in the worship center, security measures to put in place prior to services and who/how the response should look. How does a License to Carry holder fit into the plan? The legal aspects of recent legislative changes and the legal impacts of use of force will be discussed. This course is geared towards church security volunteers, is 2.5 hours in length and is free of charge. This is a civilian training course and no TCOLE credits are awarded for attendance by LEO.