Police Training Blog
Welcome to the PG-TI training blog. The group of elite speakers associated with PG-TI are training throughout the country on a weekly basis and are touching the lives of 1000’s of law enforcement personnel. Stories shared and information that is gathered through these interactions needs a forum~thus this blog! Instead of these treasured moments staying in a vacuum, the speakers will provide entries to the blog and for those of you at the seminars it will be a special memory and for those that didn’t attend, it may be an inspirational thought for the day. Truly talented trainers learn from the individuals they train; it is an exchange of knowledge. Hopefully, in some small way, this blog will give you an opportunity to read about these encounters.
Blog Entry November 8, 2016
An empowering training was facilitated at the Mesa Public Safety Training Facility. There were several attendees from all over the state of Arizona that participated in learning about the effects of critical incidents and how to support fellow public safety professionals soon after experiencing such an incident(s). Differences between debriefing(s) and defusing(s) demobilization(s) and crisis management briefings were discussed and processed along with the clinical challenges that may develop following such a critical incident or series of incidents such as post traumatic stress and suicidality that would warrant a referral for clinical attention to a mental health professional.
Blog Entry November 3, 2016
On November 2, 2017 we presented two Heroin on Steroids classes in Sandy (Salt Lake City) Utah. The back to back classes were full at 60 registrations each. In attendance were patrol officers, narcotic agents, detectives, regulatory agencies, parole/probation officers, corrections, wildlife officers, Forest Service, AG’s office, firefighters, paramedics and more.
Blog Entry October 22, 2016
A group of lucky Michigan crime-fighters just spent two days with Lt. Dave Smith and Chief Ed Delmore witnessing the birth of a new law enforcement training endeavor aptly titled “The Winning Edge.”
Blog Entry September 29, 2016
What a phenomenal seminar we had in Crownpoint, New Mexico. There were approximately 40 public safety professionals in attendance, predominantly law enforcement professionals, inclusive of police officers, police dispatchers, a chaplain, and a local pastor providing services to Navajo Nation and the various police departments within the Northwestern Part of New Mexico. Focus of the seminar was on police stress, resiliency cultivation, suicide prevention/intervention, conflict resolution, and cultural sensitivity. Several attendees participated in the table top exercise and discussion for utilizing stress abatement skills such as: ways to “reframe” (change) internal dialogue following a critical incident or series of critical incidents, the use of deep breathing, the use of visualization techniques, and the use of progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) to name a few.
Blog Entry September 14, 2016
It’s been a busy fall for us so far this month! Sgt. Betsy Smith spent September 6th with a group of Arizona dispatchers at the Mesa Public Safety Training Center teaching “Career and Officer Survival for Dispatchers.” Both during class and at the breaks we discussed everything from the dramatic rise of officer ambushes to the possibility that our “911” systems can be hacked. As the public safety dispatcher’s job becomes more complicated and increasingly scrutinized, training events like this one help our civilian personnel stay prepared and informed.
Blog Entry May 26, 2016
On the Monday following Police Memorial Week the Boise, ID police department hosted a two day “Mindset Bootcamp” featuring Dave “JD Buck Savage” Smith and Lt. Col. Dave Grossman. The ninety attendees included state, county and local law enforcement officers from Idaho and Washington as well as parole officers, dispatchers, corrections personnel, educators and civilian employees from several police agencies.
Blog Entry May 24, 2016
Fantastic Seminar at Daytona State College—Managing Psychological & Behavioral Manifestations of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the Military Veteran or Uniformed Officer Date: 05/23/16
By Robert J. Cipriano Jr., Psy.D., ABPP –Licensed Psychologist in Florida; Board Certified in Police & Public Safety Psychology (ABPP)
What are our initial thoughts surrounding someone who is diagnosed with PTSD? This seminar at Daytona State College encompassed an in-depth discussion of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Signs and Symptoms of the condition, how the condition may manifest, how stigma and stress play a factor in triggering it, and how and what strategies appear to be successful for public safety professional(s) in the field in managing those who may suffer from it.
Blog Entry May 19, 2016
I was honored to have been invited by the NWGIA to present to a slammed venue full of gang cops, that even though worked gang crimes a long way from the streets of the Chicago, were unquestionably cut from the same cloth as me.
Blog Entry May 13, 2016
Even months after the terror attacks in Brussels, a heavy police presence still remains in time square. Heavily armed uniformed officers with riffles slung from their vests stand ready as tourists walk slowly past. Not the time to ask for a quick photo. The message is clear. Today it’s all business.
Blog Entry May 12, 2016
Public safety dispatchers are arguably the most over-looked personnel in any law enforcement agency. PG & TI instructor Sgt. Betsy Smith has dubbed them “The Forgotten 1st Responders” (http://www.policeone.com/police-jobs-and-careers/articles/2054149-the-forgotten-first-responders) and conducts training classes and workshops throughout the United States especially for dispatch personnel.
Blog Entry April 29, 2016
Here is a short video clip illustrating some of the “teaching principles” presented through The Winning Mind programs.
Blog Entry April 29, 2016
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office recently hosted a two day “Mindset Bootcamp” featuring Dave “JD Buck Savage” Smith and Lt. Col. Dave Grossman. Audience members included law enforcement officers from both Idaho and Washington plus educators, police department volunteers, fire personnel and members of the United States Air Force.
Blog Entry March 10, 2016
On Thursday March 3rd, 2016 Sergeants Betsy Smith and Nancy Fatura traveled to Loveland, CO to launch another year of “The Winning Mind for Women UNLEASHED!” This motivational training event for women in the law enforcement profession has been updated with new research, new stories, and new ways to inspire anyone who attends.