Thursday, February 24, 2011

Online training for law enforcement gains traction

Law enforcement personnel from throughout the state now have an opportunity to earn Florida Department of Law Enforcement retraining credit online through Daytona State College’s Center for Online Public Safety Training.
The Center, which operates under the auspices of Daytona State’s School of Emergency Services, officially launched its online program in November, according to Kevin Duffy, assistant professor and manager of the online program.
“We are the only ones in Florida doing this right now,” Mr. Duffy said, noting that the Center provides an hour equivalency for its courses that allows agencies to credit students with an acceptable number of clock hours and meet FDLE requirements for mandatory retraining.
More than 50 working law enforcement and corrections personnel have enrolled in online courses since the program started, he said.
The Center currently is offering six courses ranging in length from one week to six weeks. They are:
·         Report Writing for Police and Corrections
·         Effective Supervisory Skills
·         Instructor Recertification Continuing Education Course
·         FTO Supervisor/Coordinator Course
·         Grant Writing for Police and Corrections
·         Introduction to Contraband and Asset Forfeiture
All courses are instructor led and consist of learning modules that  include a mix of reading assignments, website explorations, individual research, discussion questions, live chat sessions and other activities. Students may work individually or in groups, depending on the topic. Courses are formatted so that they can be accessible via agency computers and even mobile data terminals in police cars, fire apparatus and EMS response vehicles.
For more information, visit the Center for Online Public Safety Training Online or contact Mr. Duffy at (386) 547-9625,