CATALOG OF COURSES OFFERED BY CSOC

 

Background Investigations - The Background Investigations course is presented exclusively by Harvey, Ward and Associates.  They have taught this outstanding course in Colorado annually for the last decade and continue to provide current and reliable information for Colorado officers who oversee and perform these vital investigations.

Taught nationally, this 12-hour course will enable investigators to uncover more about an applicant’s past.  Through a systematic approach to the investigation, you will be better prepared to spot important discrepancies and access more types of records.  The first day is a full day and the second day is a half day.

In this course, you will learn about:
  • Analysis Techniques
  • Building a Life History
  • Character References
  • Verification Techniques
  • Military Records
  • Documentation Criteria
  • Fraudulent Documents

Class Length: 1.5 days

Carbine Instructor Course - This Colorado POST-approved Carbine Instructor Certification course is designed to provide law enforcement firearms instructors the necessary skills to develop and operate a law enforcement carbine program which lasts 5 days. This course will greatly enhance the student’s ability to diagnose shooting errors and provide practical and effective means to make permanent and sustainable corrections.  The student will also develop a full understanding of the capabilities of the carbine, to include:  mastery of the fundamentals of shooting, efficient manipulation skills, understanding wound ballistics, extended range shooting, effects of wind and weather, and use of optical sights, program development and management. Pre-requisites:  Students must be a POST-certified law enforcement officer currently employed by a Colorado law enforcement agency, have successfully completed basic handgun instructor certification, and have successfully completed carbine / patrol rifle operator’s certification.

Within 5 business days of enrollment, each participant must submit an email to Molly Thomas, [email protected] , from his/her supervisor confirming that the agency supports and approves of the participant’s registration in the class with certificates showing completion of the handgun instructor and rifle operator certification attached.

Student must provide carbine w/ tactical sling, 200 rounds handgun ammo, 3 magazines, 1000 rounds carbine ammunition, duty belt / holster / handgun, tactical vest, 5 dummy rounds, hat, ear protection, eye protection, binoculars or a spotting scope, notebook, and pen.

Any safety violations will result in immediate dismissal from class. 

Class Length: 5 days

CIT – Crisis Intervention Teams – The Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) model was developed in 1988 in Memphis, Tennessee, as a partnership between the police department, advocacy groups and treatment providers for people with mental illness, and other community stakeholders. Since that time, many law enforcement agencies have adopted the problem and have realized significant benefits in their communities through dramatic declines in injury rates among both citizens and police officers, decreased utilization of the SWAT team to resolve crisis situations and the diversion of people with mental illness from incarceration to community-based mental health services. The goals of CIT are to train law enforcement officers in the recognition of mental illness, to enhance their verbal crisis de-escalation skills, and to provide more streamlined access to community-based mental health services. By engaging mental health consumers with appropriate community supports, the well-being of the individual and the safety of the community can both be enhanced.  To that end, this class will include site visits to mental health service providers in the local community to help officers and deputies learn what services are available for people they contact who have mental illness, and to provide community re-entry services for people getting ready to leave jail. 

The class is taught by law enforcement personnel from Colorado agencies with extensive experience in CIT situations and training. 

Class Length: 5 days

Dare to be Great – Dare to Be Great is a philosophy focused on growing the courage to embrace excellence, fight mediocrity, say no to the status quo, stop chasing best practices and strive for greatness in your life, your leadership, and your organization. Now, more than ever, we need courageous leaders who are committed to the pursuit of excellence in their own lives and committed to inspiring greatness in the men and women they serve in their organizations. Greatness, like leadership, is a choice and a process. It takes time, it takes work, and it takes commitment. The benefits are significant and are well worth the time and effort.

This engaging, interactive, and reflective workshop will explore a series of questions to help you on your journey to becoming a great law enforcement leader. Dare to be Great builds on two guiding questions and three foundational rules, which will serve as a guide for making courageous, ethical decisions. The emphasis in the workshop is to move away from unproductive questions such as, “Who is to blame for this?” and shift to growth questions such as:

  •  What piece of this do I own?
  •  What did I as a leader learn from this experience?
  •  How can I as a leader, and we as an organization grow from this experience?

While you will leave with strategies and tools to help you be a better leader, the goal of the workshop is for you to walk away with more questions than answers. It is the process of working through those questions that will help you on your journey be the leader your family, your personnel, your agency, your community, and the profession need you to be, and deserve you to be.

Course length: Dare to Be Great: The Leadership Challenge is an 8-hour workshop taught by Brian Willis, an internationally recognized expert on the leadership in law enforcement.

Class Length: 1 day

Detentions Skills Mini-Academy - The Detention Skills Mini-Academy is designed to provide interactive and hand-on skills training to Colorado detentions officers.  It supplements the CSOC Knowledge Factor On-line Detention Academy but can be taken as a stand-alone class by both new and experienced detention staff.

  • Day I address professionalism, including ethical behaviors required of a detentions officer, development of critical thinking skills, problem solving and decision making, crisis management skills and an introduction to leadership and management.
  • Day II is Who’s in Your Jail:  Managing Inmate Behavior
  • Day III is Managing Critical Incidents, presented via scenarios and case studies designed to prepare the detentions officer for managing incidents within the jail.
  • Day IV is Assessing and Responding to Emotionally Disturbed Inmates
  • Day V provides drills and scenarios on handcuffing and restraints, searching both inmates and the facility, transporting inmates and other physical skills.

The instructors for the 5-day class are drawn from facilities across the state and have many years of experience in the field.

Class Length: 5 days

 

Front-Line Leadership Institute - The NEW 40-hour Front-Line Leadership Institute (FLLI) provides participants a foundation for their law enforcement careers. Delivered face-to-face over five days by an experienced facilitation team, the course involves a pre-course phase, 11 modules, and nightly homework exercises, culminating in a graduation event on day five. Post-course engagement includes reading, journaling, and developing an individual leadership philosophy. Each course delivery is limited to 30 front-line leaders and others identified by their leadership as high-potential law enforcement professionals.

  • Participants will gain an appreciation for senior leader expectations of front-line law enforcement leaders
  • Participants will have a foundation for personal and organizational definitions of leadership and how it is practiced in general and in their agencies/departments; additionally consider key skills, abilities, behaviors for future front-line leaders
  • Participants will recognize various ethical constructs, understand ethical dilemmas, and be able to apply those frameworks to ethical decision-making
  • Participants will understand the four domains of emotional intelligence, its criticality for leadership and law enforcement, themselves and their capabilities with these skills, and a    practice methodologies for personal improvement
  • Participants will understand the differences between disagreement and conflict, the life-cycle of conflict, and their leadership roles in conflict management
  • Participants will develop and utilize a model for communication, understand barriers/noise, and be provided a collection of tools to implement in improving this leadership imperative
  • Participants will understand the difference between mentoring and coaching, the unique characteristics of performance evaluations/reviews in comparison to coaching, and be provided a practical coaching framework for daily implementation
  • Participants will gain an appreciation for the history of the law enforcement profession –in their municipalities, counties, regions, and across Colorado
  • Participants will consider their personal approaches to accountability and be provided a framework that enables more positive interpersonal accountability
  • Using a historical example, participants will better appreciate the aspects necessary to build and mature small teams
  • Participants will explore delegation–their personal attitudes and an approach to build a healthier delegation habit
  • Participants will explore the four hurdles that ultimately stall effective decision-making –poorly defined roles and responsibilities, incomplete delegation, poor organizational cultures, and individual issues with decision-making
  • As a culmination event, participants, working in small groups, will apply course concepts to a series of vignettes
Class Length: 5 days

 

Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) - In an attempt to address the future leadership needs of law enforcement organizations nationwide, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) sought to create a solid leadership and leader development product to serve the growing needs of law enforcement.  The result of their work with several noted law enforcement and leadership educators at West Point and the University of Texas was the development of a leadership training program based on the principles of dispersed leadership – the Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO).  Dispersed leadership essentially states that every member of an organization can be a leader.  Dispersed leadership training produces both the catalyst for change and offers a blueprint for leadership training in law enforcement organizations. Course content is divided into four areas taught over three weeks of instruction.  Each area explores leadership at a different level:

Course content is divided into four areas taught over three weeks of instruction.  Each area explores leadership at a different level:

  •  Area I:  The Individual System (Leading Individuals) features the concepts of individual motivation with an emphasis on the leader’s thought process which is a problem-solving approach to resolving some of the most common personnel issues that leaders face and the fundamental process that supports each lesson throughout the three-week course.
  •  Area II:  The Group System (Leading Groups) builds on the previous week, adding concepts of group formation and process, as well as an overview of several critical skills necessary for leading groups.
  • Area III:  The Leadership System (The Leaders) explores theories of individual leadership and how students can improve their effectiveness with their people and teams.
  •  Area IV:  The Organizational System (Leading Organizations) focuses on organizational concepts such as leading change, creating and maintaining an ethical culture, and better understanding the environment in which organizations work.

Class Length: This program is held over three weeks with a three-week break between weeks.  You will be registering for a total of three weeks of class conducted over three months’ time.

FTO - Basic Field Training Officer Certification Program - Any newly selected or experienced law enforcement officer, corrections officer, or dispatcher empowered to train agency members in a one-to-one training environment will benefit from this FTO course. No previous training experience is necessary. Our trainers strive to inspire those that are empowered to develop others in your agency. Our courses incorporate multi-media approaches to instruction to include scenarios, discussion groups, exercises, self-directed development, and role plays. In addition, our Field Training Program incorporates performance observations, feedback exercises, safety management, and problem diagnosis. Complete course participation is required to graduate from the program. Program graduation is dependent of the performance of the participant and the successful completion of a cumulative training scenario. Upon graduation, the Field Training Officer will have practical skills that they can apply in their training environments to include;

  • The Role of a Field Training Officer
  • Leadership
  • Stress and Safety Management
  • Adult Instruction and Teaching Methodologies
  • An Understanding of a San Jose Modeled Training and Evaluation Program.
  • Unique Training Strategies for a One-to-One Teaching Environment.

A graduation ceremony includes a program certificate, graduation pin, and graduating class photo.

Class Length: 5 days

Internal Affairs Investigations - Complaint Processing and Procedural Responsibilities – Law enforcement administration is charged with the responsibility and has the authority to maintain discipline within the police department.  The community has an expectation that this responsibility will be fulfilled in a professional and responsive manner.  Citizens should be provided a fair and effective avenue for redress of their legitimate grievances against members of the department.  The police department also has the responsibility to protect members of their agency from false allegations.  This course offers a global perspective to the subject of internal affairs investigations in a systematic framework designed to enhance thorough investigations.  This information is relevant for both the agency command staff and the internal affairs detective or supervisor.

Topics will include:

  • Current Events in Internal Affairs
  • Examination of Employee Rights
  • Types of Complaints
  • Complaint Processing and Investigations
  • Disciplinary Procedures
  • Documentation Procedures
  • Early Intervention Systems
  • LEGAL/LEGISLATIVE

Class Length: 1 day

PREA Prison Rape Elimination Act Staff Training - This is a 3-hour class for employees, medical staff, facility contractors and volunteers that will provide training on: 

  • How to fulfill your responsibilities under PREA’s sexual abuse and sexual harassment prevention, detection, reporting, and response policies and procedures.
  • An inmates’ right to be free from sexual abuse and sexual harassment.
  • The right of inmates and employees to be free from retaliation for reporting sexual abuse and sexual harassment.
  • The dynamics of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement.
  • The common reactions of sexual abuse and sexual harassment victims.
  • How to detect and respond to signs of threatened and actual sexual abuse.
  • How to avoid inappropriate relationships with inmates.
  • How to communicate effectively and professionally with inmates, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, or gender nonconforming inmates.
  • How to comply with relevant laws related to mandatory reporting of sexual abuse to outside authorities. 

Each student will be provided with an “Employee Desk Reference" to assist them during class and after class when responding to PREA incidents.

This class meets PREA standards 115.31, 115.32 and 115.35 for training. If you attend the PREA Investigator training, you do not need to attend this class.

Class Length: 3 hours

PREA Prison Rape Elimination Act Investigators Training -The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed in 2008 and requires, among other things, that allegations of sexual abuse and harassment be investigated completely and in a timely manner. 

This is an 8-hour class for investigators that will provide training on:

  • An Inmates’ right to be free from sexual abuse and sexual harassment.
  • The right of inmates and employees to be free from retaliation for reporting sexual abuse and sexual harassment.
  • The dynamics of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement.
  • The common reactions of sexual abuse and sexual harassment victims.
  • Conducting investigations in confinement settings.
  •  Techniques for interviewing sexual abuse victims.
  • Proper use of Miranda and Garrity warnings.
  • Sexual abuse evidence collection in confinement settings.
  • Criteria and evidence required to substantiate a case for administrative action or prosecution referral.

 

Each student will be provided with an "Investigator Desk Reference" to assist them during class and after class when conducting PREA investigations.

This class meets the PREA standard 115.34 for Investigator training. If you attend the PREA Investigator training, you do not need to take the PREA Jail Staff/Employee training.

Class Length: 1 day                                                         

POST Handgun Instructor Program - The Firearms Instructor class is designed to develop instructors to teach in their agency firearm program and can lead to certification for Academy training if the participant also completes the required POST Train the Trainer 40 Hour Course.  The Firearms instructor course follows the POST firearms curriculum, available at www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/2010POSTManual.pdf.  The class focuses on preparing an instructor to coach shooters to become proficient with firearms and is not a remedial training course for poor shooters.  POST currently requires that all students must qualify on the first day of class with a 100% score.

Attendees are required to provide a letter/email of approval to attend from a supervisor and copy of their handgun qualification certificate within 5 business days of registration.  They can be emailed to Molly Thomas at [email protected].

Class Length: 5 days

Red Dot Sights Firearms Instructor Course - The student will demonstrate the required knowledge and skill set to be a Red Dot Sights (RDS) Handgun Instructor.  They will always abide by the 4 safety rules, attain a 100% score on the Off Duty Qualification Course, Duty Qualification Course and the Dim Light Qualification Course using the RDS system.  Additionally, they must pass a 25-question written exam with a minimum score of 80%.  Fourteen hours of the 24-hour course will be spent on the range and the other 10 hours will be dedicated to classroom instruction. 

Learning objectives are structured to teach the attendee to coach and evaluate proper shooting fundamentals.  This course will provide instruction on UOF updates, legal liability concerns, methodology, equipment selection and maintenance, RDA management and coaching, and weapon zeroing.

Requirements: Attendees will need to provide proof of certification in the RDS User Course, a POST Handgun Instructor Course, and provide a letter of approval from their supervisor to be able to attend.

Class Length: 3 days

Red Dot Sights Firearms User Course - TBD

Practical Search and Seizure - Unlike attorneys, police officers do not have the luxury of sitting in an office mulling over law books to decide how to proceed. Officers often must make split-second decisions; thus, effective police work hinges on the immediate and correct application of search and seizure law. In fact, officers must have a better understanding of the Fourth Amendment, and the judicial system’s (federal and state) interpretation of the Fourth Amendment (based on court decisions) than attorneys. That said, this highly interactive, scenario-driven search and seizure course provides officers with up-to-date information concerning search and seizure case law. This course analyzes “real life’’ situations that officers confront on a daily basis, explores current and past federal and state court rulings (case law), and discusses the impact these rulings have on how officers perform their duties. This course will provide officers with a clear understanding of what they can and cannot do, with the goals of keeping officers proactive, productive, safe, and out of legal dilemmas.

The program is presented by Eric Stewart. Eric’s law enforcement career has spanned approximately 27 years: 18 years with a Front Range (Colorado) police agency, where he holds the rank of deputy chief, and approximately 9 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). Eric conducts search and seizure training for law enforcement officers from Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana via the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA), the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and the Highlands Ranch Police Safety Training Academy, the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and his own police department.

Eric has completed doctoral-level courses in Business Administration/Organizational Leadership; he holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Management. Eric was selected as a lead instructor by CACP for the Leadership in Police Organizations program (developed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police); he is an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Departments at the University of Phoenix, the Community College of Aurora, ITT Technical Institute, and Aspen University; and he is an adjunct professor in the Criminology Department at Regis University.

Class Length: 1 day

POST Managing the Training Unit - Managing a training unit can be an overwhelming task, for experienced as well as new managers.  It often seems that just as we really begin to know what we are doing, and the people involved, it is time to rotate out.  We want to help you shorten the learning curve.  In this workshop, we will discuss the means, ideas, and resources to plan a training program that will meet the liability and professional development needs of a large or small agency. 

Topics will include:

  • Mandatory training
  • Maintaining Records
  • Budgeting
  • Developing Training Materials
  • Resources
  • Setting Goals and Objectives
  • Selecting and developing instructors 

Class Length: 5 days

POST Train the Trainer - The Train-the-Trainer basic learning instructor methodology course is a highly interactive, problem-based class that includes adult learning and coaching concepts; performance objective development; preparation of professional lesson plans; an introduction to instructional methods and ways to choose the best ones for the subject matter; an assessment of personal teaching and learning styles; appropriate use of visual aids; and presentation skills.  Come to the course prepared to develop and present an original group presentation to the other participants, as well as several shorter individual presentations.  The course is pass/fail, as required by POST, and may include written assessments and work outside of the classroom.

Class Length: 5 days

UOF - Human Factors and the Application of Use of Force – This 1-day class reviews the effect of human factors on officers during critical incidents and the application of force from a federal, statutory, policy, and officer perspective:

  • The concept behind thinking fast and slow
  • The Recognition Primed Decision Mode
  • How danger impacts the 3 primary survival systems
  • Threat capabilities
  • The impact of attention and reaction time on an officer’s response
  • Looming, contra-lethal contractions, and slips and capture errors
  • Influence of officer movement on traffic stops
  • Federal standard for use of force
  • Statutory standard for use of force (SB-217)
  • Diminished mental capacity and UOF
  • Threat assessment and UOF from an officer’s perspective
  • Officer created jeopardy
  • De-escalation
  • Medical Considerations

Class Length: 1 day 

 


 

Conferences and Seminars

Civil Processes I & II - Civil Process seminars provide training, networking opportunities and opportunities to review and discuss legislative changes.  Introduction to Civil Process is taught by Civil Process professionals from various Colorado Sheriffs Offices.  The attendee should be relatively new to the Civil Process assignment or perhaps an employee who wants a refresher.  The seminar provides basic information about Civil law, the history of the process and the Sheriff’s role, Rule 4 Service of Civil Process, the difference between civil and criminal conflicts, residency eviction process and law, control, and seizure of property, restraining order information, and more. 

Detentions SeminarTBD

New Sheriffs Institute – A two-week orientation course offered every election year to the newly elected sheriffs.

The Resilience Bank Account of a SheriffONLY AVAILABLE TO SHERIFFS

Basic Training (2 hours virtually) - As Sheriffs, you are inherently in a leadership position in all areas of your professional and personal lives that include agency, your community, and even with your loved ones. We know the day-to-day life of law enforcement, including those at the top, is riddled with chronic stress and punctuated by acute and sometimes life-threatening crises.  Additional stress stemming from a Sheriff’s personal life can add to the silent burden Sheriffs often carry.  This course reviews 6 individual skills and habits that can, when actively incorporated into a daily routine, make a big difference. The idea of investing in a resilience bank account is suggested as a metaphor for the reserve building and cumulative positive impact of these habits over time.

Advanced Training Certification: (1.5 hours per Module virtually) - Those that participate in both the Basic Training course and a minimum of 8 of the 11 Advanced Training Modules will receive an Advanced Training Certification.  Sheriffs’ report high levels of stress, which is linked to both personal burnout and also higher rates of burnout among other members of the agency.   This Advanced Training Course is intended to help reduce burnout by providing opportunities for Sheriffs to increase 1) their own self-awareness and 2) connectiveness with other Sheriffs.   Each week will include a short 20-minute presentation on that week’s theme.  The rest of the time will be spent fostering interpersonal self-awareness and connection.  Sheriffs will be given an opportunity to share personal experiences focusing on that week’s theme. Participants will be encouraged to balance sharing their experiences, networking and collaborating with others that may best understand their position, and offering encouragement and support to peers. 
Each week will be facilitated by Dr. Sara Metz and Retired Chief Nick Metz.
  • Module 1: Preventing Burnout
  • Module 2: Creating a Culture of Wellness
  • Module 3: Managing Conflict
  • Module 4: Internal Communication
  • Module 5: Leading Different Generations
  • Module 6: Critical Incident Response
  • Module 7: Setting Boundaries
  • Module 8: Challenging Experiences
  • Module 9: Addressing Controversial Police Action
  • Module 10: Suicide and Substance Use Prevention
  • Module 11: Relationship Mastery

Class Length: 1.5 hours a month for 12 months

The Resilience Bank Account of an UndersheriffONLY AVAILABLE TO UNDERSHERIFFS

Basic Training (2 hours virtually) - As Undersheriffs, you are inherently in a leadership position in all areas of your professional and personal lives that include agency, your community, and even with your loved ones. We know the day-to-day life of law enforcement, including those at the top, is riddled with chronic stress and punctuated by acute and sometimes life-threatening crises.  Additional stress stemming from a Undersheriff’s personal life can add to the silent burden Undersheriffs often carry.  This course reviews 6 individual skills and habits that can, when actively incorporated into a daily routine, make a big difference. The idea of investing in a resilience bank account is suggested as a metaphor for the reserve building and cumulative positive impact of these habits over time.
Advanced Training Certification: (1.5 hours per Module virtually) - Those that participate in both the Basic Training course and a minimum of 8 of the 11 Advanced Training Modules will receive an Advanced Training Certification.  Undersheriffs report high levels of stress, which is linked to both personal burnout and also higher rates of burnout among other members of the agency.   This Advanced Training Course is intended to help reduce burnout by providing opportunities for Sheriffs to increase 1) their own self-awareness and 2) connectiveness with other Undersheriffs.   Each week will include a short 20-minute presentation on that week’s theme.  The rest of the time will be spent fostering interpersonal self-awareness and connection. Undersheriffs will be given an opportunity to share personal experiences focusing on that week’s theme. Participants will be encouraged to balance sharing their experiences, networking and collaborating with others that may best understand their position, and offering encouragement and support to peers. 
Each week will be facilitated by Dr. Sara Metz and Retired Chief Nick Metz.
  • Module 1: Preventing Burnout
  • Module 2: Creating a Culture of Wellness
  • Module 3: Managing Conflict
  • Module 4: Internal Communication
  • Module 5: Leading Different Generations
  • Module 6: Critical Incident Response
  • Module 7: Setting Boundaries
  • Module 8: Challenging Experiences
  • Module 9: Addressing Controversial Police Action
  • Module 10: Suicide and Substance Use Prevention
  • Module 11: Relationship Mastery

 Class Length: 1.5 hours a month for 12 months