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. This list is current for now, but remember, things change very quickly.
For the sake of brevity, you will not see the “www” in the listing of the websites. Most of the law enforcement periodicals have websites, including hendonpub.com for LAW and ORDER, so those will not be listed. Also, well know search engines, such as google.com and yahoo.com are omitted since even computer-phobes (like this writer) know these sites.
Personal experience along with research and input from some top level law enforcement trainers were responsible for compiling this list. There may be some sites that may appear to have limited value by some readers, just as there are other sites as high value for other readers. You may even want to list some of your personal favorites to the list.
The websites, all free access, are not listed in any particular order. Thus, there’s no difference in their importance, between number 1 and number 25. Here is the first half! 1. YouTube.com
According to YouTube’s literature, “YouTube is the premier destination to watch and share original videos worldwide through a Web experience. YouTube allows people to easily upload and share video clips on www.YouTube and across the Internet through websites, mobile devices, blogs, and e-mail.” There are some great law enforcement and related clips.
Although you can download YouTube video clips by going to videojug.com/film/how-to-download-videos-from-the-web, YouTube discourages this. “keepvid.com allows you to put in a web address, and it will usually give you a link to download the video in a standard format,” said Lieutenant Greg Post, training coordinator for the Brunswick, GA Police Department. There are additional sites that also tell you how, so just do a bit of Googling!
Refdesk.com is great fact checker for the Internet. “The ultimate resource for periodicals, newspapers, and research. You need to see it to understand it capabilities,” said Chief Bill Harvey of the Ephrata, PA Police Department.
Snopes.com will work on verifying urban legends and more. Did someone e-mail a story to you about some gun-toting granny who used her shotgun to blow the testicles off the guy who raped her granddaughter? Great story, but, fortunately for any rapist, it’s totally false. You can check on common fallacies, misinformation, old wives’ tales, strange news stories, rumors, political and celebrity gossip, and similar items.
This website brings you to the Independent Study Program of FEMA.
This link allows you access to every monthly FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin published in the past 10 years. You can download any issue as a PDF, or you can read online as an HTML file.
This site is recommended by Tony Rahaim of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol as a valuable site because it is one of the oldest online resource centers for law enforcement officers. Plus, it has plenty of links to other websites.
Visit this site to access free templates, including award certificates, business cards, brochures, calendars, contracts, newsletters, content slides, and more.
Here, you can find a number of free online training courses, webinars, podcasts, and more. Learn PowerPoint, Word and download training presentations.
This site offers more than 10,000 short, concise pieces of advice in video, text, and audio from more than 150 of the greatest leaders, authors, speakers and motivators. There are tips on leadership, motivation, networking, training and much more.
This link takes you to the HP Learning Center, which offers free online classes, available 24/7.
This website allows access to the National Criminal Justice Reference Center (NCJRS), which offers a range of services and resources, balancing the information needs of the field with the technological means to receive and access support.
This is the home page of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). You can download FLETC’s catalog of programs, subscribe to its PDF legal update, The Informer, download video podcasts, and more. Explore the site.
Here is the website for the Americans for Effective Law Enforcement. This group provides a free subscription to a monthly legal update, plus a CD with free roll call training segments. Lieutenant James Agee of the St. Albans, WV Police Department said, “AELE is a great resource for recent court cases.”
14. company.findlaw.com/ company_info.html
This link allows you to research U.S. Supreme Court decisions back to 1893, California Supreme Court and Appellate Court decisions back to 1934 (with citations and internal page numbers), recent U.S. Circuit Court and other state court decisions and federal and state codes. You can download video podcasts, articles and much more. Just spend some time finding what interests you and your agency.
This site allows a more comprehensive search by searching google.com, yahoo.com and Ask.com at the same time by using this search engine.
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 email@example.com