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Institute of Police Technology and Management

Written by Stephenie Slahor

        The University of North Florida is the home of many centers and institutes. However, its Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) is distinctive in offering convenient, quality training at affordable prices to law enforcement personnel and agencies seeking to build the competencies of their officers, and maintain safer communities through more efficient and effective policing. The institute began in 1980, and now trains more than 14,000 law enforcement personnel annually.

        All courses are designed specifically for the skills, abilities and advanced training needed by officers and administrators in law enforcement. In-class courses are offered at a variety of locations across the US, and agencies are invited to send its officers to these classes. Registration for such courses can be done through the IPTM website.

        But IPTM is not limited to in-class instruction. IPTM also has an available Online Training and Instructional Services (OTIS) portal that delivers instructor-led training in an online format. Each instructor-led OTIS course is an interactive format of study, divided into weekly modules. Although there is no required time to be online to participate in the course, each week’s studies must be completed any time prior to that week’s end. In addition, some courses have specific times during which the instructors are available via chat rooms.

        Contacting the instructor through the chat room is an option, and is primarily used as an opportunity to discuss assignments or to receive additional help. Each weekly module takes about five to eight hours of the student’s time, and all the course’s participants progress through the materials one module at a time, rather than having any of the students working ahead to finish sooner. Online course tuition is approximately $425 to $825, depending on the individual course and its length.

        IPTM also offers the option of “contract training” in which classes are held at a particular agency’s facility, thus reducing training costs while providing quality, professional training. The contracting agency need only provide audio-visual equipment for the instructor’s use, and suitable classroom space or a lab for courses requiring forensic studies. Contract programs are offered in a variety of foundation and advanced studies.

        The Traffic Crash Investigation and Reconstruction program includes at-scene traffic crash / traffic homicide investigation techniques; advanced traffic crash investigation and reconstruction; applied physics; vehicle dynamics and energy methods for traffic crash investigation; damage analysis; computerized collision diagramming; traffic crash data retrieval; human factors in traffic crash reconstruction; inspection and investigation of commercial vehicle crashes; interviewing techniques for traffic crash investigation; pedestrian; motorcycle and bicycle crash investigation; photography of traffic crashes; and scene mapping using lasers.

        The Traffic Enforcement studies include motorcycle instructor training, radar instructor training, traffic stop techniques, and traffic engineering. A related program concentrates on DUI / DWI Enforcement with studies in standardized field sobriety testing, DUI / DWI instructor training, and in-car video user training.

        The Forensic Technology program gives study in crime scene processing and reconstruction, computer crime investigation, tire and footwear impressions, latent print development, blood detection techniques, bloodstain interpretation, crime scene techniques, and photography.

        The Supervision and Management curriculum offers instruction in internal affairs investigation and interview techniques, management of a K-9 unit, patrol management, methods for applicant background investigation, and media relations.

        The FTO / Dispatch / Communications program includes field training officer studies, civil liability, management of the FTO program, dispatcher FTO program, and communications center supervision and management.

        The Criminal Investigation curriculum focuses on investigative techniques, behavior studies, methods of interviews and interrogations, unresolved death investigations, and gang-related homicides.

        The Gang / Drug Enforcement and Tactical Operations curriculum includes narcotic identification and investigation, lab and contraband concealment investigations, gang identification and investigation, high-risk warrant service, crisis and hostage negotiations, and tactical operations command techniques.

        Stephenie Slahor, Ph.D., J.D., writes in the fields of law enforcement and security. She can be reached at drss12@msn.com.

Published in Law and Order, Jun 2012

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