Recently First Tactical hosted a training with a Connecticut based Police Department who won a contest earlier in the year. They received First Tactical gear and a two-day, intensive training with Redback One’s Director of Training, Jason Falla.
Falla was gracious enough to sit down with us and talk a little about about the importance of training for all members of public safety:
CM: How important is it for Public Safety Professionals to receive proper training?
JF: Training must be the number one priority for law enforcement officers as they are working in a continuously changing environment. Traffic stops to warrant services are all ever changing and high-risk scenarios that require a lot of training in order to become proficient. Training needs to be relevant, reality based and scenario driven so that officers gain valuable experience through multiple evolutions of ever changing scenarios. These scenarios provide officers with reference points with which they can use during actual operations. Having reference points from previous learning is the only way that you will be able to respond to situations without having to use cognitive thinking. Using triggers and cues to commence training scenarios and providing timely feedback on performance both good and bad is essential also. Individual proficiency skills and reality-based training are so very important in this line of work.
CM: Tell me a little about the training offered at Redback One.
JF: At Redback One we offer both proficiency and competency training courses. Our shooting courses are designed to enhance individual skills and proficiency by teaching the end user how to carry, control and operate their weapons systems in a tactical environment, and how to keep them going during adverse situations such as when they are under fire, shot or injured.
Our competency based training courses are team based and provide training that closely represents the end users workplace. Our Close Quarters Battle training and High Risk Vehicle Tactics courses are good examples of training courses that closely represent the workplace. We take teams through a series of very technical training that is designed to enhance and develop the department’s Tactics, Techniques and Procedures or TTP’s.
CM: How do you incorporate psychology into your training?
JF: Understanding human combative behavior and combative mindset also plays a big roll during law enforcement operations and we are constantly working in lessons on cognitive psychology, combat mindset and physiology to ensure that officers are well prepared to cope with high risk situations and are mentally prepared as well as physically prepared to deal with any situation. Not having the right training could mean the difference between making a good decision or one that can get you killed!
CM: What do you stress most when training? What is the most important part?
JF: The most important part of what we do on the square range is to present the information to our students in a logical sequence and impart that knowledge in a way that can be understood and absorbed in a short time frame. Providing our students with a reason why they should learn a skill is the single most important part of that process as that will set the stage for learning and give them a purpose and a goal to achieve.
CM: How can departments make the most of the trainings they can afford?
JF: The tactical training world is such a congested battle space right now that it makes it very difficult for end users to select the right training service provider to meets their needs. Training is an intangible item that you cannot feel. You can’t just go down to the local training store and feel a training course like you can a gun store and handling a firearm before buying it. Because you can’t touch it, you have to experience it, and because of that there is an element of risk for the end user. The risk is spending money on an unknown entity. Some people will buy things off the Internet and some won’t because of how risk adverse they are. So, to minimize the risk in training, there must be an element of trust established by the vendor with the prospective student. This trust relationship is normally developed through positive experiences or by good word of mouth, which can originate directly from those that have received a good experience on a previous training course.
Another way trust can be established is through Internet forum after action reports… Departments must perform their due diligence when it comes to selecting a service provider, money is only one side of it and if you’re in this industry as a trainer to make a million dollars, it’s time to unload, clear and safe yourself and look for another job!
CM: What are good practices departments can implement to improve their self-training?
JF: Developing and fostering good neural pathways to successful movements is key to the long-term success of any skill. As it takes ten thousand hours of dedicated purposeful practice to become an expert at a skill, departments need to ensure that initial training must be current and relevant.
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