New Internet websites pop up about as fast as a marijuana plants in a non-patrolled national forest. Finding new websites isn’t an issue, but finding websites that have special value to law enforcement trainers is. That’s one of the reasons why this list was compiled. So, this list is current—for now. Here is the second half. 16. ialefi.com and ileeta.org
These are the websites of two international law enforcement training associations: the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI) and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA).
Naturally, you need to be a member, but the benefits are outstanding. For example, ILEETA’s website allows members to download more than 1,200 PowerPoint presentations for free. There may be other associations that can also allow “member only” access, which can be of great value.
17. 911dispatch.com/training/ index.html
This is a dispatcher-related site, which is an often neglected area of law enforcement training. James Burke, an instructor with the Montgomery County, OH Sheriff’s Office, said, “This site has a tab for training, which includes downloadable PowerPoints programs, as well as full ebooks and training guides for weeklong courses that were developed by large dispatch centers. I have found it very useful in my training needs.”
This “is an absolutely amazing site,” said Brian Willis, retired Calgary, Canada police sergeant and a nationally renowned law enforcement trainer. “The only caution with this site is be aware of the time. It is easy to get absorbed in watching presentation after presentation and lose an hour or two of your day.”
This website is from the Texas Law Enforcement Training Coordinators Association. “The links are awesome,” said Lieutenant Greg Post. “Under Search and Seizure, it has most of the major cases. Under the Basic Peace Officer Course and Corrections Officer Course, it gives PowerPoint Programs—about 70 in all.”
This is the Justice Technology Information Network for the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) website. According to the site, “the NLECTC system serves as an ‘honest broker,’ offering support, research findings, and technological expertise to help state and local law enforcement, corrections, and other criminal justice personnel perform their duties more safely and efficiently.”
This site is from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST). The largest populated state offers a great deal of resources for free. Some requests may require an official request on agency letterhead. Some may require a purchase. Generally, they produce high-quality materials, although some may be California specific.
Here you can access quotes and give accurate attributions in your lesson plans, presentations or training bulletins.
23. ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/training/ welcome.htm
This site offers a number of free online training courses for law enforcement through the U.S. Department of Justice. Just scroll about halfway down to see all online training programs that can begin at any time.
Here you can search for books at U.S. libraries. The system uses your zip code to show which libraries in your area have those books that you need to research. You can then take that information to your public or college library and ask the interlibrary loan librarian to borrow a nearby copy.
This site contains a free dictionary, thesaurus, medical dictionary, legal dictionary, and encyclopedia. Look up idioms and acronyms and much more, including other languages.
Some readers are surely saying, “I can’t believe that he omitted this website!” That said, the list is somewhat subjective, although many law enforcement trainers assisted in listing these websites. This list isn’t etched in stone, but it will give you a good start.
Look for links from one website to another website, and just keep clicking away! The time will go fast forward. You may want to bookmark website that you will access frequently and keep a list of all the websites that may assist you in the future. Add to the list and delete some websites that are of no value to you.
Social networking websites, such as facebook.com and twitter.com are gaining in their popularity. For example, ILEETA Advisory Board Member John Bostain has started an ILEETA “group” on facebook.com, which is open to everyone. The primary purpose of the group is for law enforcement trainers to have a place to get to know each other on a more personnel level, outside the classroom. This is a social networking site, not a site to discuss sensitive law enforcement training issues.
To join the group started by John Bostain, you need to have a profile on facebook.com, which is free, at: facebook.com. After establishing a profile, click on the “applications” button in the lower left corner and click on “groups.” Search the groups for ILEETA, and click on the link. Then just click the “join” button.
There’s no doubt that the Internet allows you access to information that was either impossible or extremely difficult to retrieve in the past decade. Accordingly, much of the information in this article will be obsolete in the next decade. So, carpe diem!
Ed Nowicki, a nationally recognized use-of-force expert, is a part-time officer for the Twin Lakes (WI) Police Department. He presents use-of-force instructor certification courses across the nation and is the former executive director of ILEETA. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.