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The 2006 ILEETA Conference, Part 2

Written by Ed Nowicki

The 2006 ILEETA Conference was held in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights, IL in April. ILEETA wants to take strong role in doing all it can to enhance the knowledge and skill of its instructor members. ILEETA realizes that it can have greater impact by reaching trainers than by just reaching the officers, because each trainer can then share the new knowledge and skills with many officers.

ILEETA’s sharing and striving for excellence philosophy is reflected in this comment by Special Agent Chuck Soltys, the primary firearms and tactical instructor with the Chicago DEA office. “If you intend to be the best at anything, you must surround yourself with first-round draft choices and all-pros,” he said. “Walk into an ILEETA Conference, and this is accomplished instantaneously!”

The conference did all that it could to pack as much information as possible to the participants in the allotted time slots. When possible, course instructors spent considerable time discussing training issues beyond their time while in the hotel’s halls, at lunch, at dinner or in the hospitality area.

The conference had 92 separate instructor-related topics with as many as 13 training sessions running simultaneously each day, with the training going to 10pm on some days. The five separate tracks of training allowed participants the option of attending topics in only a specified track, like the Management and Administration of Training Track. Space permitting, participants could also attend topics in any track of their choosing.

An unprecedented total of 27 individual instructor and armorer certification courses were offered. Many agencies sent multiple instructors to the conference in order to take advantage of the multiple instructor certifications in areas such as the X-26 and M-26 Taser Instructor Certification; Motor Vehicle Stops Instructor Certification; Presumptive Drug Field Testing Instructor Certification; Airsoft Field Armorer Course; Monadnock Defensive Tactics System Instructor Certification; and many more.

One unique and state-of-the-art instructor certification program was Multi-Media Deadly Force Instructor Certification, taught by Randy Revling and Bob Willis. It used multiple firearms simulators and received rave reviews as both innovative and valuable.

Developing and Training Role Players; Presentation Design Tactics; Advanced and Animated PowerPoint Applications; Five Secrets of the Best Instructors; and Unintended Consequences of Well-Intentioned Training were offered in the Instructor Development Track. There was even a block of instruction on How to be an Expert Witness that included a panel discussion chaired by retired NYPD Lieutenant Adam Kasanof.

Nine training topics were specially directed to training managers and academy directors. One of the more unusual topics in the area was Starting an Agency E-Learning Program, taught by Rom Kiker, director of training for CIS/NASA Protective Services in Huntsville, AL. Kiker’s program served as an introduction on how to start an agency-wide e-learning program. This included information on how to design, implement, use, evaluate, and manage e-learning programs.

The topics discussed included: What is E-Learning?; The Pros and Cons of E-Learning; an E-Learning Program Launch Plan; a CBT Development Process; and E-Learning on a Tight Budget. A comparison demonstration of popular authoring tools was presented. Another popular topic was presented by attorney Laura Scarry, a former police officer, who gave a step-by-step presentation on Served with a Civil Suit: Now What?

ILEETA also has a very strong focus on use of force related topics for one important reason—this helps officers survive on the streets and in the courts. Topics ranged from Combat Verbalization, taught by Gary Klugiewicz, to Dr. Bill Lewinski of the Force Science Research Institute presenting Current Force-Related Research Results.

Topics that expanded beyond the ordinary included: The Trainer as a Warrior Leader; Instilling The Winning Edge; Instructing the Nintendo Generation; The Trainer as a Researcher; Success or Failure—It’s All in the Mind; and Unintended Consequences of Well-Intended Training. There was even a panel of experts on Professional Writing for Police Officers, which included Law and Order editor Ed Sanow, who still is a sworn police officer.

The rapid growth of ILEETA’s 3,000 members in slightly more than three years has not kept the association from serving the members beyond the annual conference. In the Member Gateway of the ILEETA Web site, there are more than 1,000 files, including 600 PowerPoint Programs, for free member downloading. ILEETA regularly communicates with its members with informative e-mails and through its four periodicals.

The 2007 ILEETA International Training Conference and Expo will be held at the Chicago Westin North Shore in Wheeling, IL on April 17-21, 2007. The 2007 ILEETA Conference will allow a maximum of 750 attendees and an expanded vendor hall. ILEETA will add an annual shooting competition, The ILEETA Cup, and the annual 5K run/walk, The Flatfoot Five.

These two events, along with the tongue-in-cheek World Cop Donut Eating Championship, raises money that is equally split between the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the ILEETA Scholarship Fund. This is ILEETA’s fund-raising credo of “Honoring Life and Preventing Death.”

By equally splitting all money raised, ILEETA honors the men and women who gave their lives while performing their sworn duties by making a monetary donation to the NLEOMF. The other half of the money provides trainers who could not afford to attend training with additional training that is provided by The ILEETA Scholarship Fund. Thus, ILEETA honors the fallen officers and added training to needy trainers keeps officers alive and prevents as many names as possible from being inscribed on the police memorial’s walls. ALL money raised is donated to the NLEOMF and the ILEETA Scholarship Fund. There are no administrative costs by ILEETA—none!!

So why would you consider attending the 2007 ILEETA Conference? Here’s what independent trainer Rocky Warren, a retired sergeant with the Placer County, CA Sheriff’s Office, said about the 2006 ILEETA Conference, “We’re here training and working to save our officers’ lives. But we’re also here to BE...to BECOME the person any one of those warrior-trainers our brothers and sisters in arms would want to have along when they go through that door! ILEETA helps me toward that goal better than anything I’ve found in decades!”

Ed Nowicki, is a nationally-recognized use-of-force expert and part-time police officer for the Twin Lakes, WI Police Department. He is also the executive director of ILEETA. He can be reached at ed@ileeta.org.


Published in Law and Order, Sep 2006

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