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The Pennsylvania Sheriffs’ Association offers high quality training courses taught by industry professionals including leadership, communication and law enforcement-specific topics.  If you would like more information about these potential courses, please contact Tom Maioli at tmaioli@pasheriffs.org.  

This course is designed for Deputys/Officers whose duties include responding to an Active Shooter incident. The course will include, but not be limited to, proper mind set, forming a rapid response team, how to enter a building, movement toward suspects, basic small room tactics, scene consolidation and stress inoculation.

This course provides students with an overview of the narcotics investigation process. Topics will include most current constitutional drug law, commonly abused drugs, confidential infor- mants and sources, investigative strategies, undercover operations, marijuana grow operations,clandestine methamphetamine labs, evidence collection and admissibility, searches, children living in dangerous drug environments, and liability issues. This course will be accomplished entirely in the classroom. This course is also directed towards the officer with limited or no experience for narcotics investigation.

This course focuses on the tactical techniques of search warrant service.  Through classroom instruction and practical application in a facility students will be instructed on the entire warrant execution process from planning to tactical entry and extraction.  The course will focus on consensual and dynamic entries, undercover and multiple perpetrator extractions in addition to instruction on felony vehicle stops and TAC team management.

This training is for administrative/support staff. This class will offer the skills to organize your message, so the receiver will understand and remember it. How to effectively deliver good news, bad news and persuasive appeals. Identify the different learning communication styles, and how to develop a you attitude”. A communication preparation framework will be developed by each student by the end of the class.

This course is designed to provide the student with the information and knowledge to recognize and engage the appropriate resources when encountering a Clandestine Laboratory. The course also explores the history of methamphetamine use, effects, trends and production methods.

At work, we’re often required to interact with a wide variety of different people every day. There are some we develop an immediate connection to, and others who really get under our skin. Is there a way to understand why our traits might match up with others so easily? And can we develop strategies to understand and work with people who aren’t like us? This class will discuss how to recognize personality styles, both our own and others. We will then examine the ways these separate traits come together to create personality, and then discuss and practice strategies to communicate and work with the different ways that people relate to others, gather information, and make decisions. The purpose of the class is to not only help us relate to others, but to gain a better understanding of our own tendencies and the ways we relate to the world.

The court, requires a constant and vigilant understanding of its unique environment for the survival of those who enters its domain. It is here that the weight of the entire criminal justice legal apparatus will focus on each “case involved” officer without bias and will hold each participant of an investigation to the highest standards of the court. This twenty four hour course is designed to improve your skills in testimony, to increase your awareness of the court system processes and guide you to better understand your important role that will increase your ability to be successful.

This course will provide the student with knowledge that will increase and improve their active listening skills as well as allow them to focus on the desired outcomes from interviews. They will learn how to obtain cooperation though putting things in the best interest of the contact and guding them to the desired result through the individual sacrfice of the Officers personal ego for the greater good of the mision.

Participants in this course learn about domestic terrorist groups, how to recognize indicators relating to domestic terrorism and funding through narco-terrorism.  Students explore law enforcement’s roles and responsibilities in combating domestic terrorism.  Officer safety issues relating to domestic terrorism are also covered.

The course will educate and supply information regarding the preliminary field identification of illegal and diverted legal drugs, as well as associated paraphernalia to law enforcement personnel. The course should serve as a tool and aid in the identification drugs, aimed at the reduction of usage an illicit sales. The course provides for definitions of basic drug terminology and the scheduling of drugs based on Controlled Substance ACT (CSA). Information will be provided on the chemical make up controlled substances as well as the manner in which they are produced for human consumption. This course of instruction will describe the manner that the controlled substances are introduced into the human body and physical reactions caused by the use of controlled dangerous substances.

This course is intended for the Drug Unit Supervisor who has been promoted into or transferred into a Supervisory Position in a Drug Unit or to a Drug Task Force. It will prepare the new supervisor to organize and manage investigations involving agents as to accountability, control, stress, informant issues, and multi-agency issues. Students will address organization, financial, personnel, political issues and problems during the course. This course will prepare new supervisors to properly and successfully conduct day-to-day investigations, which include evidence accountability, informant documentation and management, undercover planning and operations, surveillance operations, raid execution, asset forfeiture, task force management and legal and liability issues.

This course will provide a resource base, strategies and step-by-step guidelines for the law enforcement person who wants to expand into the area of expert work or for one already testifying as an expert. Topics to be covered will include qualities of the effective expert, evaluating the case, the action/assessment plan, dos and don’ts, becoming less vulnerable, ethics and integrity. Attorneys familiar with the use of experts and recognized experts from the field of law enforcement will present the material. This course will strengthen the student’s credentials when attempting to qualify as an “expert”. Objectives will be met by the use of classroom lecture, discussion of actual cases involving the use of experts, class participation and shared experiences, demonstrations by the instructors and by practical exercises involving class members.

This practical grant writing course will provide the participant with the fundamental skills needed to research, develop, write and submit grant proposals. The participant will be presented with the Concepts of grant development, the components of a grant, how to research and identify funding sources, and how to develop and submit a complete grant proposal to gain maximum benefit from this course; all participants must come to the course with a project idea or a funding announcement or request for proposal.

This course explores all levels of facilitation including design, classroom techniques, assesment development and outcome mapping.

This course is constructed specifically for law enforcement officers. The focus of this course is to prepare for and conduct interviews and interrogations incorporating non-verbal kinetics (body language) techniques, grammatical clues to lies and truth, analysis of verbal behavior, and evasive verbal response during interview and interrogation.

This class, after a one day review, is all scenario based and involves numerous role players. Each student is taked with completeing several initial interviews and interrogations while being recorded. The recodings are critiqued by the Instructor/Role Players in a classroom setting as a total learing experience.

This course provides attendees with a more broad-based view of the multiple, inter-related skills and techniques used for transforming data into useful “work products.” The course utilizes a functional template, called the “Intelligence Cycle,” for systematically and uniformly processing data from raw, disparate information into “actionable” end products that provide a more “refined” understanding of the problems faced by police agencies, today. In other words…students learn how to effectively connect the dots!

Deputys/Officers will learn to develop, utilize, manage and properly document informants. Officers will also learn proper guidelines for handling informants, as well as the need to provide for and maintain Officer Safety when using informants. This training will also provide the Officers with a heightened awareness of various sources of information available to them directly related to the development and usage of Confidential Informants

This course will familiarize homeland defenders and deploying professionals with the history of the Middle East. The focus of the course is on Islam as a religion and a way of life. Students will gain a better understanding of the depth and intensity of religiously-motivated terrorism and its impact on homeland security and nation-building efforts. The course will also link how drug trafficking operations support terrorism operations.

This course provides students with the principals and techniques available in conducting money-laundering investigations. It introduces the concepts surrounding money laundering violations and provides a historical summary of the statutes. The course covers elements of proof needed to charge money-laundering violations, currency reporting violations, and civil and criminal asset seizure and forfeitures. It identifies methods used to launder money and techniques for detecting laundering schemes. This course also deals with sources of information available to the investigator.

The eight hour course is designed to build upon basic officer survival skills and provide students with practical concepts for maintaining their safety while off duty. It is intended for sworn Officers. Students will learn ways to avoid standing out in public. They will learn the importance of educating family members and developing a plan for their response when an incident occurs. As well as recognizing post traumatic effects of the incident. We will discuss potentially dangerous situations and how to react when a situation unfolds. We will also discuss “friendly fire,” misidentification and conflict with responding officers.

This sixteen hour class will go over a historical perspective of early motorcycle clubs and their evolvement into today’s traditional Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMGs). The historical perspective will continue with a discussion of each of the major 4-6 groups. In addition to the historical perspective, students will be exposed to the current status of a large portion of clubs that operate on a nationwide perspective. The class will also address specifics detailing Gang Membership and Associates, Identification, Investigative Techniques, Officer Safety, Weapons, Criminal Activities, Gang Intimidation Techniques, Key Words and Phrases, the recruitment and usage of Confidential Informants, current Gang Intelligence / Trends and a review and discussion of possible future gang activities.

This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of how street gangs began and function.  All of the major gangs will be reviewed from both historical and current perspectives. A major portion of the course will focus on gangs, trends and activities specific to various regions of Pennsylvania.

This course will cover the essentials every law enforcement officer needs to know about Social Networking whether they use it or not. Social networking can be an excellent resource for intelligence and evidence, but an officer MUST understand how it works and how to authenticate the evidence they find. In addition officers need to understand the inherent dangers and counter surveillance that gangs and criminals employ.
This course utilizes a combination of lecture, multi-media, live demonstrations and case studies to educate the officer.

This course is designed to inform the Law Enforcement Officer, as well as the Correctional Officer, about street gangs, prison gangs and how they are increasingly plaguing their jurisdictions. The gang trend has caused crime, violence, drugs and thefts to increase, subsequently lowering the quality of life in the affected areas. Gangs and their related violence negatively affect Officer safety, both on the street and in correctional facilities. Course modules will cover various gangs, their identifiers, areas of operation, activities, and their interactions with each other. It will also include the dynamics of the gang life and how it challenges law enforcement in general. Instructors will utilize the most current materials; both verbal and visual; to equip the student with the ability to better perform their respective duties.

This is a unique and eye opening class for prosecutors, law enforcement personnel and anyone working in the criminal justice system who desires to learn more regarding how everyday technologies are being used (or misused) to commit a crime, avoid or detect investigations, endanger officers, and uncover personal details about officers and their families. However not only will this class examine and demonstrate how these technologies are used against law enforcement, it will reveal simple, inexpensive ways to help mitigate the threat and provide officers with some investigative technology resources of their own.

This course will provide the student with both a detailed overview of Physical Surveillance techniques as well as the latest readily available technology related to both Surveillance and Counter Surveillance. The course will prepare the student to utilize modern technology as enhancements to traditional surveillance techniques. An exploration of counter surveillance methods and equipment being utilized by criminal enterprises will also be extensively reviewed. Techniques necessary to defeat criminal based counter surveillance will be explored. Theories and practices will be employed by students during scheduled practical exercises.

This course will inform the participant on intelligence gathering techniques to combat terrorism.  Emphasis will be placed on the correlation between drug trafficking and terrorist activities.  The street level officer will become familiar with interview techniques specifically aimed at developing counter-terrorism intelligence.  The street level officer will become familiar with terrorism indicators derived from roadside interviews and observations, citizen contacts, community members, arrestees and arresting officer’s.

This class focuses on the topic of law enforcements use of force given the current issues facing law enforcement throughout the commonwealth and the country. Deadly force will be particularly discussed during the class.

This course is designed for supervisors who are tasked with supervising or planning undercover operations. The course is designed to motivate and empower the student supervisors to effectively and safely, supervise undercover operations, and to be cognizant of the skills, tactics, and dangers associated with conducting such undercover operations. This course will also address methods of minimizing risks and focus on tactical operation planning, field team deployment, undercover officer deployment, confidential informants, crisis management, documentation, officer safety, integrity, cover surveillance, case management, drug recognition, common methods of drug packaging, and risk assessment. This course is composed of classroom instruction and practical exercises

This course will identify and reinforce the principles of safe undercover, arrest and warrant service tactics. Students will learn how to assess risk, determine if the risk is of an acceptable level and then how to manage that risk. They will also learn when and how to shut down an operation due to excessive risk. Objectives will be met by use of classroom lecture, student participation and shared experiences, review of critical incidents and with a practical exercise wherein each student will have the opportunity to work undercover.

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