The training module and lesson plans presented here are designed to complement the Model Policy. The training materials will allow agencies to provide the latest information on preparedness and disaster planning in terms of readying their family and themselves in the event of a critical incident. The module is flexible enough to be used in an academy, as part of an ongoing education program, or even offered by a non-governmental entity such as an officers’ association, bargaining unit or law enforcement family organization.
These training modules/lesson plans are designed for adoption by state law enforcement training or standards commissions. The modules could also be deployed by federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies as part of individual agency training, standard operating procedures or a continuing training/education program.
It is important to reach officers as they begin their careers and to target officers with families and dependents, specifically. In addition to the federal departments and their components identified above, the following organizations have been identified as having the most interest in the implementation and further development of the training modules:
- International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST)
- International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA)
- International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
- National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA)
- Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
Research indicates that the adoption of model policies and the introduction of training materials may improve agency and officer preparedness in response to a critical incident. The focus group results suggests that law enforcement families desire and would benefit from recurring training and better information about disaster response plans.