1. Brian Willis

    Heh. I Dare You!

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    I dare you to be great in 2016. I dare you to embrace excellence and punch mediocrity in the mouth.  I dare you to be a better trainer in 2016 than you were in 2015. I dare you to find new ways to engage your officers in training. I dare you...
  2. Brian Willis

    Rethinking the “break them down” Model of Training

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    For close to two decades I have had the privilege of travelling around North America training and interacting with law enforcement trainers and officers. These dedicated professionals have been from all areas and assignments within the law enforcement profession and I have learned a great deal and grown tremendously from these experiences....
  3. Brian Willis

    We are NOT a ‘Paramilitary’ profession.

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    I continually hear law enforcement leaders, trainers and officers refer to law enforcement as a ‘paramilitary’ profession. We need to stop using this term as we are not a paramilitary profession. The definition of Paramilitray according to Webster’s online dictionary is: Paramilitary adjective para·mil·i·tary \ˌpa-rə-ˈmi-lə-ˌter-ē\ Simple Definition of paramilitary of...
  4. Brian Willis

    Experience alone isn’t a good teacher.

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    “I’ve often said that experience alone isn’t a good teacher. But evaluated experience is.”   John C. Maxwell Evaluated experience is not someone else saying, “You screwed this up and did this wrong. Don’t do it again.” Evaluated experience is also not you beating yourself up after an event and...
  5. Brian Willis

    Eliminating the gaps.

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    Two weeks ago I talked about the issue of training gaps created by “silos” in training. I defined a silo as “a system, process, department, etc. that operates in isolation from others.” Silos in an academy or training division are all the different groups of instructors or instructor cadres. Gaps naturally...
  6. Brian Willis

    Is it the end, or the beginning?

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    The end of 2015 means the beginning of a new year. With the new year comes new opportunities for growth and development.  I know I promised last week that I would talk about strategies for breaking down the silos and eliminating the training gaps. I will provide those strategies next...
  7. Brian Willis

    Silos and Training Gaps

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    In my Excellence in Training Course and seminars we address the issue of “Training Gaps”. Training gaps are missing elements in training. These missing elements are caused by a variety of reasons, one of the most common being Silos in the academy. A Silo is, “a system, process, department, etc. that...
  8. Brian Willis

    Where is your focus? What are you missing?

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    Where is your focus in training? What are you missing because of that focus? What price are your officers paying because of it?  Are you focused on teaching officers to follow orders or, are you focused on teaching officers to think and solve problems? In some training the thinking is...
  9. Brian Willis

    Some thoughts on use of force.

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    If you teach control tactics, defensive tactics, officer safety, use of force or firearms you will get asked questions by members of your agency, the public and possibly on the stand as the department trainer or expert regarding an officers actions in a situation. Here are some thoughts for you...

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