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Combining Multiple Approaches to Police Pursuit Training

Published on July 19, 2019

Let’s begin with identifying what a “traffic-related” situation really is and what liabilities we may actually be able to reduce through training. In some of the categorizing for LODD’s, a variety of situations are often grouped together such as “being run-over” or “assaulted” by an automobile. However, in real police work, we know that so … Continued

Complacency in Police Pursuit Training: Causes & Solutions

Published on June 20, 2019

What a tragic year 2016 was in law enforcement line of duty deaths involving ambush, violent assaults and firearms. Depending on the source that you use, LODDs due to firearms are up a staggering 61% to 83% over 2015, while overall LODDs are up 12% to 18% over 2015. It is a reminder that we … Continued

THE BENEFITS OF CRASHING IN HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT TRAINING

Published on May 20, 2019

It may seem counter-intuitive, but one of the key advantages of a simulation-based high-speed pursuit training program is more crashes. THE VALUE OF SIMULATED CRASHES IN HIGH SPEED PURSUIT TRAINING A car crash is a highly instructive experience. We already know that “‘learning by doing’ only works so long as the feedback from our actions … Continued

POLICE PURSUIT TRAINING BEST PRACTICES: PURSUIT AND DE-ESCALATION

Published on April 24, 2019

The 2009 volume of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training’s (POST’s) Driver Training Study lists six police pursuit training “best practices.” But one vital skill is missing. Can you spot it? 1) Use “hybrid training.” This should combine both behind-the-wheel closed-course driving and advanced police pursuit training simulators. 2) Adopt advanced technology. … Continued

HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT AND DRIVING ACCIDENTS: THE AGE FACTOR

Published on March 24, 2019

According to POST (California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training), California law enforcement are injured in roughly 700 automobile collisions each year. Conventional wisdom holds that it is younger officers who get into the most high-speed pursuit accidents, either because of inexperience, poor judgement, poor control of their emotions, or a combination of all … Continued

Avoiding “Simulator Sickness” in High-Speed Pursuit Training Simulators

Published on February 24, 2019

“Simulator sickness” is a persistent issue in many high speed pursuit training programs, and can really derail a session. Simulator sickness (also called “simulator adaptation syndrome” or “SAS”) has been an issue for as long as there have been modern vehicle simulators. (Trainers first noted this cocktail of nausea, headaches, cold-sweats, and eye strain in … Continued

The Case for “Tactical Seatbelt” in Police Pursuit Training

Published on January 24, 2019

It seems almost laughable to say this, but police pursuit training programs need to directly address seatbelt usage. It’s a simple fact: Seat belts have the capacity to save more law enforcement lives every year than bullet-proof vests, riot gear, tasers, and sidearms. A bit over 88 percent of U.S. drivers and front-seat passengers regularly … Continued

Real-World Simulation Training Successes: Sacramento PD and FDNY Ambulances

Published on November 16, 2017

There are two key focus areas for improving police pursuit driver training programs: speed: reduce it whenever possible, maintain vehicle control when high-speed operation is a necessity negotiating right-of-way: avoiding other motor vehicles/pedestrians/cyclists, clearing intersections, completing turns, etc. Addressing Key Danger Points with Police Pursuit Driver Training As noted by California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards … Continued

Addressing Driver Distraction and Fatigue in Police Pursuit Training

Published on October 10, 2017

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2015 distracted driving injured 391,000 Americans—mostly private citizens. Subsequently, in the vast majority of these cases the solution is easy and obvious: Toss your cell phone in the glove box. But emergency responders—and especially law enforcement officers—do not have that option. On-call police officers must constantly … Continued

Police Pursuit Training is a Perishable Skill

Published on September 10, 2017

There is no doubt that the occasional police pursuit training refresher course helps prevent collisions.  The California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (CA POST) confirms that having officers complete additional post-basic academy police pursuit driver training programs consistently reduces collisions.  This goes a long way toward explaining the “Age Factor” in high-speed pursuit collisions: … Continued