TRAINING COURSES

LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING

True Security Design teaches today’s modern professionals’ vital skills through courses designed to engage and empower its participants. The goal is to transform security training from the tiresome requirement it has too often become into engaging and productive learning through interactive sessions and real-life, role-playing exercises.

SUPERVISOR COURSES

Supervision, Leadership & Mentoring

This course will provide concepts and tactics of solid leadership and mentoring practices:

  • The Critical Shift
  • The rigors of leadership
  • Leading as an executive
  • How to help employees overcome deficits
  • Dealing with a difficult employee
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Setting standards
  • Enforcing guidelines with compassion
  • Setting and monitoring standards and expectations
  • Leading and managing crisis situations and critical incidents

The course will emphasize situational analysis as a supervisor.  Supervisors will also be instructed how to handle: shift responsibilities, citizen complaints, uniform inspections, documentation practices, and employee reviews.  Segments will be given on presentations, training, conducting a proper briefing and MOI practices and public relations.

Planning the Active Shooter Drill

The incidents of ACTIVE SHOOTERS have increased nationwide.

Training to respond to this life-threatening situation is NOT AN OPTION.

The focus of this program is to train the trainer.  The course focuses on training techniques:

  • Method of instruction practices
  • Student evaluation and documentation
  • Coordinating with different agencies at varying levels of drill events highlighting areas of concern of various host locations
  • Scenario development to cover a broad range of settings and developing cross training protocols to alleviate budget concerns
  • Simulation drills options

During the course, students will get a historical overview of tactical changes in approaches to dealing with active threats of violence from armed individuals in domestic and workplace environments and information on how to impart this training to others. 

This course is taught to the law enforcement officer.  However, our instructors offer information to school officials on their participation along with tips on how to prepare students, teachers, and parents on Active Shooter Drills within the school. The newest safety equipment and products will be presented along with an overview of physical plant security.

Internal Affairs Investigation

The investigator will gain an understanding of police ethics, barriers that may hinder ethical behavior, and common types of police misconduct.  We will also guide you through the legal requirements surrounding internal affairs investigations.  From your department’s policies and relevant administrative laws to the legal issues related to record keeping and the releasing of information to the media, you will be informed on the latest rulings and accepted procedures.
 In addition, this course will provide effective techniques to prepare for and conduct interviews of complainants, witnesses and anyone in your agency accused of wrongdoing or improper behavior.  Since many of these cases do not have solid evidence, the outcome often depends upon the skills of the interviewer.

Course Topics include:

  • Police ethics
  • Policies, rules, standards, and procedures
  • Misconduct and discipline
  • Complaint processing
  • Preparing for and conducting interviews
  • Legal issues and case law
  • Record keeping requirements

Fairness and objectivity are crucial to the success of an internal affairs investigation.  This course will provide the investigator with the ability to accomplish that task.

Creating & Implementing an Employee Development Plan

Every agency strives to hire the best possible people.  Unfortunately, we do have employees that have unforeseen challenges and difficulties in the work place which often have a negative effect on the officer, agency and community.

The Employee Development Plan (EDP) is a positive process used by the supervisory team to clearly identify an employee’s specific deficiencies while working with him or her to create a workable plan to overcome identified issues.

Students are taught the EDP’s step-by-step process which identifies areas of concern, sets attainable goals, agreed upon solutions are made, and specific timetable to assess progress is formed.  This program sets success criteria that is clearly established and documented so that progress or lack of is unmistakable.  

The proper use of an Employee Development Plan often avoids many of the negative consequences unaddressed problems often lead to such as citizen complaints, lawsuits, injuries, poor morale, financial expense and possibly a lost career.

Forming a Quality of Life Unit

Quality of life issues, such as “Animal House” seasonal rentals and tourism issues of drinking in public, underage drinking, urinating in public, disorderly behavior, noise complaints along with gambling, prostitution and drug incidents have become an increasing concern to the public as well as to the Police.  When these issues are not dealt with properly, the result is continued calls for service to the same locations, wasted resources, inefficiency, and a dissatisfied public. 

This class will present proven strategies police agencies can employ to be proactive in combating a myriad of “Quality of Life” issues.

Training day will include segments on:

Forming the Quality of Life Unit- Administrative

  • Identifying neighborhood problems
  • Prioritizing identified issues based on seriousness, public perception, effect on the neighborhood, resources needed to correct the problem and time need to correct the problem
  • Selecting appropriate unit personnel
  • Developing unit action plan
  • Implementing training programs for all department members to have a comprehensive view of enforcement plan program and involvement

Quality of Life Operations-conducting the appropriate investigation

  • Street Interview Techniques
  • Gambling Operations
  • Prostitution Schemes
  • Drug Updates, the use of informants and undercover officers
  • Confronting and uncovering underage drinking parties

Participants will conduct role player based activities using the skills taught in the class.

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PATROL COURSES

Building Successful Cases through Report Writing

During this one-day class, differing types of reports and key elements to include with each report are studied.  Style, grammar and punctuation skills are reviewed.  Modern and various methods on accurately reconstructing events, organizing thoughts and observations at a scene to generate a timeline are taught.   

Officers are taught that a well-written report needs to be:
Efficient, including only necessary words and facts

  • Professional, free of grammar and spelling mistakes
  • Objective, omitting opinions, explanations, and theories
  • Thorough, including all pertinent information

Organized, presented in a logical sequence
In addition to report writing, a segment of the class will cover witness and suspect interview skills and techniques and how to decipher differing accounts and record statements.  Class will stress necessity of documentation of custody of evidence, how injuries were handled, and investigations carried out.  Lastly, courtroom testimony skills will be reviewed stressing challenges that can be made to the officer’s report.  

Patrol Tactics

Patrol Tactics will teach officers to develop and trust instincts, to identify illegal activity, to investigate with road-side interview techniques and perform searches working within constitutional guidelines and legal restrictions leading to solid criminal cases and arrests.  Illegal drug identification, paraphernalia and recognizing their effects will be reviewed.  The report writing component teaches documentation of all pertinent facts needed to support a case and withstand defense scrutiny. Segments on safety practices, hidden compartments and using in-car video for your benefit are also included.

Planning the Active Shooter Drill

The incidents of ACTIVE SHOOTERS have increased nationwide.

Training to respond to this life-threatening situation is NOT AN OPTION.       

The focus of this program is to train the trainer.  The course focuses on training techniques:

  • Method of instruction practices
  • Student evaluation and documentation
  • Coordinating with different agencies at varying levels of drill events highlighting areas of concern of various host locations
  • Scenario development to cover a broad range of settings and developing cross training protocols to alleviate budget concerns
  • Simulation drills options

During the course, students will get a historical overview of tactical changes in approaches to dealing with active threats of violence from armed individuals in domestic and workplace environments and information on how to impart this training to others. 

This course is taught to the law enforcement officer.  However, our instructors offer information to school officials on their participation along with tips on how to prepare students, teachers, and parents on Active Shooter Drills within the school. The newest safety equipment and products will be presented along with an overview of physical plant security.

Advanced Street Interview Techniques

This course is for patrol officers and detectives to effectively deal with the challenges of a roadside interview.  Skills taught will enable officers to manage and control the environment and deal with time constraints.  Practical exercises will reinforce instruction.   

Our highly-experienced instructors teach you:

  • Identification of common criminal behaviors and signals
  • Interview management
  • Detection of deception by analyzing verbal and nonverbal cues
  • Developing short-term rapport and conversational skills to extend the interview
  • Recognition of defense mechanisms and emotional or stress responses
  • Ways to overcome denials
  • Giving Miranda application, ensure the admissibility of statements, and constitutional requirements
  • Effective law enforcement recording

SPECIALTY COURSES

Effective Police Response to Traumatized Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

This course will identify the police officer’s role in responding to the specific needs of children exposed to domestic violence in the home setting to help save their lives.  Officers will learn:

  • A Victim-centered, on-scene, proactive protocol for effectively responding to the needs of children in stress
  • How to provide trauma-informed, developmentally-appropriate responses to traumatized children
  • Identification of who has been exposed to violence and trauma
  • Developing a safe environment to help children and family members re-establish a sense of security and stability
  • Providing advocacy resources for victims

A highlight of the course is a child survivor’s perspective about how the exposure to domestic violence impacted her personal life and as a police commander.

The Wounded Officer: The Aftermath of a Shooting

This training discusses the aftermath of a shooting and the physical, emotional and psychological effects on the wounded officer, their loved ones and police department/colleagues.  Also discussed are:

  • The physiology of trauma
  • Law enforcement post-traumatic stress
  • The signs and symptoms of PTSD
  • Mental health wellness strategies for the wounded and responding officers and their police departments
  • Wounded officer peer support groups
  • Officer safety measures

This training includes an award-winning police documentary produced by Captain Donna Roman Hernandez that features three New Jersey police officers emotionally describing what it felt like to be shot, the aftermath of their shootings, how they survived and post-incident lessons learned.

Human Trafficking: Understanding the Mindset of the Trafficker and Victims

This course will help the law enforcement officer understand:

  • The crime of human trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery
  • Its dynamics and the traumatic effects upon the victims
  • The forms of human trafficking exploitation
  • The mindset/ profiles of human traffickers.

This training identifies the challenges and barriers faced by officers in handling human trafficking cases; offers interview techniques for a victim-centered interview and investigation; the need for collaboration between law enforcement agencies; and the support services that are available for victims of human trafficking.

Patrol Response to Sexual Assault on College Campuses

The course will provide law enforcement personnel with best practices for sexual assault investigations and sexual violence response guidelines and investigative strategies for officers to integrate a victim-centered approach in their handling of sexual assault cases, including:

  • Victim and suspect interviews
  • The dynamics of sexual assault
  • Types of sexual violence and sex crimes
  • An awareness of victims’ experiences and rights
  • Vulnerable populations and cultural dynamics
  • Resources for victims of sexual assault. 

All officers regardless of their rank will benefit from this course. 

Domestic Violence: Understanding Abuse Dynamics and Conducting Investigations

This course will help the student to understand:

  • The nature, dynamics, cycle and patterns of domestic violence
  • How to recognize the physiology of trauma
  • The signs and symptoms of abuse and its physical, emotional and physical effects on victims and families
  • How to identify the common characteristics and mindset of batters and victims (Coercive Control model)
  • How to assess strangulation
  • How to understand the short and long term impact of violence upon children
  • How to identify the primary aggressor
  • How to conduct victim-centered interviews and investigations and support systems available for victims.

INVESTIGATOR COURSES

HyperDrive: Narcotics Investigation

4-Day “HyperDrive” Narcotics Investigation consists of:

  • Vetting the Informant,
  • Surveillance Tactics and Techniques,
  • Choosing the Right Type of Investigation (Hand-to-Hand Buys, Control Purchases, Undercover Purchases or Order and Rip)
  • Acting Undercover,
  • Raid Techniques, Planning and Execution.

This course also includes the segments Drug Identification, Laws and Terminology, Interview Interrogation Techniques, Search Warrant Writing, Report Writing and Courtroom Testimony.  Teaching the techniques of the investigation is only the beginning.  To enhance the classroom learning, HyperDrive uses professional role players to run a mock case at various off-site locations.

 THIS IS AS REAL AS IT GETS.

“The four-day “Hyperdrive” course gave our detectives the tools necessary to conduct our own start-to-finish narcotics investigations.  Within one month of attending “Hyperdrive”, our detectives created a narcotics purchase fund and conducted three controlled-buy operations resulting in the execution of two search warrants yielding narcotics, cash and a vehicle.   We could not have done it without Pangaro’s Training.  That is a fact.”                                                                                                                       

                -Lt. Jason Gallo Commanding Officer, Matawan Police Department

Criminal Investigation for the Road Cop

This 2-day course teaches patrol officers the needs and dynamics of a crime scene and the fundamentals of all criminal investigations emphasizing elements necessary to build a strong case.  To enhance learning, officers will interact with role players in a mock crime scene.  

Unit Topics:

  • Crime Scene Management which is vital to solving criminal offenses
  • Establishing physical parameters of a crime scene
  • Properly protect and record the crime scene using report description, measurements, sketches and photographs
  • Rules governing and methods of the collection and preservation of evidence
  • Types of evidence: impressions, forensic biology, trace evidence, weapons and written documentation
  • Review and practice using components of a forensic kit including fingerprinting
  • Conducting on scene or field interviews
  • Reviewing the unique elements of assault, burglary and robbery crimes
  • Recognize features of suspicious death/suicide
  • How to prepare and document a proper investigative report
  • Courtroom testimony

Our Instructors use practical techniques and principles using a combination of classroom, lab and field exercises that simulate real world law enforcement situations officers may face.

Liquor License Investigation

The Transfer of a Liquor License is a vital process for any municipality. In many towns and cities, the investigation associated with this process is given little or no attention, which allows for corruption in the sale or transfer.

This program will provide the investigator responsible for this type of investigation the tools and tactics needed to uncover impropriety including: tracking the source of cash, discovering the true hidden partners, and ensuring that all the pertinent laws are followed. A solid transfer investigation requires that an officer explore areas that are different from that of a normal criminal investigation.

Learning where to look and what to ask can make the difference in a legitimate transfer and one that can involve organized crime. 

Sexual Assault Investigation

In the investigation and prosecution of most sexual assault cases, the role of the victim is much more important than in other crimes since the victim is usually the sole witness to the crime. Unfortunately, sexual assault victims are sometimes reluctant to cooperate with law enforcement because they fear the perpetrator will return to retaliate. It is therefore imperative the sexual assault investigators understand victim responses and utilize the appropriate interview skills necessary in these cases.  Not all victims of sexual assault behave in the same manner, so it is essential the investigator be informed, of mental and physical reaction to sexual assault.  Understanding and working with your victim is crucial to successfully prosecuting these cases.

Topics also covered:

  • Collecting evidence
  • Writing reports that effectively present the facts of even the most challenging sexual assault cases
  • Using a Sex Assault Nurse Examiner System
  • Understanding different types of sex crimes to include the specific statutory differences
  • Identifying and overcoming personal feelings and beliefs about sexual assault
  • The search for truth with compassion

Juvenile Investigation

This course will teach law enforcement officers appropriate methods and procedures to implement with juveniles as suspects, victims or witnesses.  Topics covered:

  • The intricacies of interviewing juveniles
  • Investigating cases of Child Abuse
  • Missing and runaway juveniles
  • The Uniform State Memorandum of Agreement Between Education and Law Enforcement Officials
  • Overview of Title 2A and 2C Statues specific to juveniles
  • The Family Court
  • Sex crimes
  • Child victims of pornography and sexting
  • Investigating bullying charges
  • Underage drinking
  • Various case studies including investigations of juveniles involved in robberies, sexual assault and homicide

Segments on objectives of a successful investigation, crime scene management strategies, and interview and interrogation techniques will also be reviewed in the course.

Pre-Employment Background Investigation

Many agencies rely on pre-9/11 pre-employment practices such as blindly accepting candidates with the highest physical and/or academic test results.  State law requires us to take those qualifications into account; but the law does not require agencies to ignore the more important qualifiers such as the candidate’s character and ethical history, financial responsibility, temperament, or their record of interpersonal relationships.  Since 9/11, department’s background investigations are also about ensuring national security.

Conducting an in-depth, thorough and complete investigation on each candidate is the only way to protect your agency.  With this valuable information, hiring committees can make informed decisions.  

This course covers scope, tactics and techniques necessary to reveal all negative traits as well as past criminal or inappropriate behaviors and actions on the part of applicants.

Instructors will cover:

  • Getting beyond candidate’s best friends and pre-set, practiced answers
  • Identifying areas of concern and recognizing potential red flags
  • Interview techniques and tactics that can reveal a candidate’s beliefs and feelings on a variety of job-related topics
  • Gauging a candidate’s temperament beyond their answers
  • Preparing and documenting a report including collecting and recording data and witness interviews

This course will also cover the legal requirements pertaining to when certain questions can be asked and how much information the applicant is obliged to provide.  What to do if you learn the employee has lied during any part of the process and when it is legally permissible to terminate the process.

This program is designed so your agency can prevent the need for expensive law suits and worse, the disruption of your agency or company as you fight to correct the problem.

Interview & Interrogation

This course covers the difference between interviews and interrogations, preparing for and conducting professional, structured criminal interviews and interrogations more effectively, and different styles and proven techniques most commonly used. Skills taught will enable investigators to detect deception by analyzing verbal and non-verbal communication.

Our highly-experienced instructors teach how to:

  • Prepare the room for the interview
  • Build rapport
  • Gather data
  • Interpret body language and gestures
  • Identify defense mechanisms
  • Identify emotional responses
  • Use theme development and transitional stories
  • Detect deception
  • Give Miranda application, ensure the admissibility of statements, and constitutional requirements
  • Purpose of videoing and use of visual aids in statement taking    

Students will participate in exercises with role players to practice skills taught.

Working with Informants

This one-day course examines the most frequently encountered informant-related issues and situations faced by law enforcement investigators.  A comprehensive and systematic review of policies, procedures, and best practices governing the utilization of informants will be covered.

Course segments on:

  • Developing & vetting informants
  • Conducting a proper background check of the informant
  • Setting rules for informants & procedures to follow when an informant doesn’t follow rules
  • Making deals with informants
  • Using the informant as a “Confidential Informant” or as part of an undercover operation
  • Working with judges and courtroom testimony

Students will participate in exercises with professional role players to practice skills taught.

Working Undercover & The Tools of the Trade

A police officer taking on the role of an undercover operative is an extremely important aspect of police work.   Vice, gang, narcotics and fraud investigations often need officers to work undercover; prior training is imperative for safety of the officer and for the success of the operation.

Topics covered:

  • Role of undercover operative
  • Cover stories and identities
  • Recognizing danger signs and safety concerns
  • Carrying weapons and physical threats while undercover
  • Committing crimes while undercover
  • Situations involving alcohol, drugs, and sex
  • Dealing with challenges from criminal targets
  • Controlling emotions during undercover operation
  • Dealing with personal feelings and family concerns
  • Managing personal relationships with persons involved in criminal activity while acting undercover
  • Testifying about your work as an undercover operative

Students will participate in exercises with professional role players to practice skills taught.

Writing Search Warrants & Affidavits & Courtroom Procedure & Testimony

Taught by a retired assistant prosecutor and retired detective, who have both written and reviewed thousands of search warrants and affidavits.  This course will help new and veteran investigators obtain evidence and testimony that will be admissible in court. 

Topics covered:

  • The purpose of the search warrant and basis for the affidavit
  • The constitutional requirements including 4th amendment 
  • The fundamentals of writing a valid affidavit that is specific and fresh
  • Develop the elements of probable cause and articulate them in written form
  • The necessary components of the search warrant, person and place to be searched and property to be seized
  • Types of search warrants including telephone and communication data warrant
  • Court hearing and execution procedures

Students will write a mock warrant which will be reviewed during class.

COMMERCIAL TRAINING COURSES

Training available on-site or at one of our training facilities.

True Security Design teaches today’s modern professionals’ vital skills through courses designed to engage and empower its participants. The goal is to transform security training from the tiresome requirement it has too often become into engaging and productive learning through interactive sessions and real-life, role-playing exercises.

Crisis in the Workplace: Crisis De-Escalation Training

Crises are often unexpected events that can be brought on by an internal employee or intruder. Unfortunately, it is often our co-workers that are the ones in crisis and threatening  violence to other staff members. The early recognition that a potential crisis is imminent can lead to effective action and prevent or at least reduce its impact. Every day, people are called upon to intervene with a person in crises which may become dangerous if not de-escalated properly.

This course will teach you how to:

  • Define a crisis, de-escalate and understand a person in crisis
  • Control your emotions during a crisis
  • Influence and communicate with a person in crisis
  • Diffuse and resolve a crisis situation effectively
  • Learn how to use the behavioral stairway to effectively influence change in a person in crisis

Surviving an Active Shooter in the Workplace

The number of Active Shooter / Active Killer incidents are on the rise nationwide and no one knows when or where the next attack will take place. Is your staff prepared to survive a deadly encounter?  This class is a hands-on Active Shooter Response Training for everyone in your building. Our program goes well beyond the standard “Run-Hide-Fight” presentation. We look at the historical record of these kinds of attacks to find the lessons to be learned from each horrific event. Knowing how these attacks unfold can help you make the right decisions during a violent and chaotic incident.

We offer two distinct programs:

  • A classroom presentation where your staff will learn the tell-tale signs of the “Internal Threat”, a person with legitimate access to your facility, but who may be a danger as well as the outside attackers who target your office space. We cover how to evaluate these threats, when to report concerns and how to protect yourself during a violent event. This program also includes a work place walk through where our instructors provide direct recommendations for surviving in your work place.
  • Everything in the initial class with the addition of an actual on site “Drill” using our highly trained role players, we prepare your staff to respond and survive a shooting event in their own work place and then simulate an actual attack so your staff can use what they have learned in real time, in the place they work.

EDUCATION TRAINING COURSES

Training available on-site or at one of our training facilities.

True Security Design teaches today’s modern professionals’ vital skills through courses designed to engage and empower its participants. The goal is to transform security training from the tiresome requirement it has too often become into engaging and productive learning through interactive sessions and real-life, role-playing exercises.

Plan & Prepare: Securing Your School District Against Modern Threats

The modern school system must create an environment that not only allows for a positive learning atmosphere for its students and staff; it must also ensure that it is as safe as it can be for everyone.  We must understand the potential threats to safety and security and know how to recognize them and react to them.  This course covers topics designed to prepare your district for these threats such as:

  • Security standards for your facility
  • Current technology and how it is used
  • Best practice procedures
  • Changing the culture to a security mindset
  • Working with the students and parents
  • The “Internal” threat
  • The “External” threat
  • Properly performing drills

Planning the Active Shooter Drill

The number of Active Shooter / Active Killer incidents are on the rise nationwide and no one knows when or where the next attack will take place. Is your staff prepared to survive a deadly encounter?  This class is a hands-on Active Shooter Response training for everyone in your building. Our program goes well beyond the standard “Run-Hide-Fight” presentation. We look at the historical record of these kinds of attacks and find the lessons to be learned from each horrific event.  Knowing how these attacks unfold can help you make the right decisions during a violent and chaotic incident.

We offer two distinct programs:

  • A classroom presentation where your staff will learn the tell-tale signs of the “Internal Threat”, a person with legitimate access to your facility, but who may be a danger as well as the outside attackers who target your school. We cover how to evaluate these threats, when to report concerns and how to protect yourself during a violent event. This program also includes a work place walk through where our instructors provide direct recommendations for surviving in your work place.
  • Everything in the initial class with the addition of an actual on site “Drill” using our highly trained role players, we prepare your staff to respond and survive a shooting event in their own work place and then simulate an actual attack so your staff can use what they have learned in real time, in the place they work.

Crisis in the Classroom

Crises are often unexpected events. A crisis event can be brought on by a student, parent or other family member, staff member or intruder. Unfortunately, it is often our students that are the ones in crisis and threatening violence to other students or school staff. The early recognition that a potential crisis is imminent can lead to effective action and prevent or at least reduce its impact. Every day teachers, classroom aides, and administrators are called upon to intervene in crises which may become dangerous if not de-escalated properly.

The Crisis In The Classroom course will teach you how to:

  • Be able to define a crisis, de-escalate and understand a person in crisis
  • Control your emotions during a crisis (staying calm)
  • Influence and communicate with a person in crisis
  • Diffuse and resolve a crisis situation effectively

When students and staff are in immediate danger and the school “Crisis Team” does not have time to respond before the event becomes tragic, the staff member on the front line needs to have skills to assess, contain and diffuse the situation providing the opportunity for a safer outcome.

CONTACT TRUE SECURITY DESIGN

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