Trainer Fuel – 28 Jan 19

Here are a few articles and blog posts to add to your weekly reading time.  These are quick reads that bring together a variety of training concepts into a single list.

Here are a few articles and blog posts to add to your weekly reading time.  These are quick reads that bring together a variety of training concepts into a single list.

 1. Human error – The Bane of Our Profession

Anyone can make an error no matter how well they’ve developed their character, competence or commitment.  They are human and to err is human after all.  In MIL/LE, However, errors take lives and ruin careers. If we’re willing to take a good hard look at our #HonorableProfession we’re sure to see that human failure contributes to almost all accidents and a good number of embarrassingly flawed cases and use of force incidents.  Take a critical look at this post pertaining to the work of James Reason.  Is there something MIL/LE can learn from his work?  How does this thinking align with the principles of Below 100?

  • Human error is both universal & inevitable
  • Errors are not intrinsically bad
  • You cannot change the human condition, but the conditions in which humans work
  • The best people can make the worst mistakes
  • People cannot easily avoid those actions they did not intend to commit
  • Errors are consequences not causes
  • Many errors fall into recurrent patterns
  • Safety significant errors can occur at all levels of the system 
  • Error management is about managing the manageable
  • Error management is about making good people excellent
  • There is no one best way
  • Effective error management aims as continuous reform not local fixes

2. The Tenants of Below 100

Speaking of Below 100 (in case you skipped #1 above we mention them up there)… We’re always surprised when we talk to agencies who haven’t heard of below 100 or their five simple (but powerful) tenants.  The intent of Trainer Fuel is to help trainers draw the connecting lines between multiple concepts – Below 100 is one that every trainer should know about and draw upon when designing, developing, and implementing training.

  • Wear Your Belt.
  • Wear Your Vest.
  • Watch Your Speed.
  • WIN—What’s Important Now?
  • Remember: Complacency Kills!

3. The Role of Instructors in Modeling Positive Behavior

The development of a Trusted Law Enforcement Professional depends on an interdependent relationship of individual members, professional organization climates, and institutional culture of trust.  What role does the behavior of instructors play in developing the character of the officers they train?  Research shows, quite a bit.


4.  A demanding functional fitness program

The infamous wall is often a point of contentious conversation for agencies from coast to coast.  But let’s face it – after the academy, many officers never face the wall (or any obstacle course) again.   Does your agency have a functionally oriented fitness program that incorporates realistic obstacle negotiation?  The United States Army’s Physical Readiness Training (PRT) Program has been through a rigorous review for effectiveness and safety.  Agencies might be able to turn to the PRT program for some insight on forming a functional training program.  The link above takes you to a PRT Website but you can download the manual here: TC_3_22_20_physical_training.


5.  A Quick Look at Palm Beach County’s Drone Program

Drones are everywhere nowadays and with the minute to minute advances in technology and A/I it’s just a matter of time before every agency has at least one.  Take a look at PBSO – they have an entire fleet.  If your department isn’t considering a drone program that covers both agency use of drones and agency counter-drone operations now is the time to start…