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Training and Tools to Serve the Line Officer

David Cid, Executive Director, Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma



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he Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism’s (MIPT) Information Collection on Patrol (InCOP) improves the information collection skills of the most important collector in a police department: the line officer. Through the Hypervigilance on Patrol process, a unique and powerful way of scanning the patrol environment, MIPT gives officers the tools they need to become exceptional collectors and to be dominant in their area of thought, influence, and action. By using a two-minute interview technique, law enforcement officers can turn every interaction into a collection opportunity.

The underlying assumptions of MIPT training follow:

  1. The local intelligence base is the bedrock of the national intelligence architecture.

  2. The uniformed officer is the first collector.

  3. Training that improves information collection broadly “lifts all boats,” with enhanced outcomes across all crime problems.

  4. Training the entire cadre of uniformed officers creates a culture of information collection and sharing.

  5. Training designed to address department-specific crimes problems has a greater impact upon behavior than generic training.

InCOP measures success by an increase in the quality and quantity of line officer reporting and a more holistic view of the jurisdiction that enhances the implementation of community policing.

InCOP workshops are delivered with minimal disruption to ongoing operations, with delivery models that include integration into a department’s in-service training cycle and at roll call or other models suited to the department’s training process. Further the workshops are customized to the agency using a comprehensive assessment guide and with the agency as a training partner.

To ensure trainers are conversant with the departmental culture, policies, and procedures, the MIPT Train-the-Trainer program recruits trusted, experienced alumni or qualified departmental staff who have the confidence of leadership, the respect of their peers, subject matter expertise, and a talent for training.

Included in this training is the role of the line officer in the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative. MIPT is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a Department of Justice–certified training partner. All costs of the training are absorbed by the MIPT. For information, call David Cid, executive director, at 405-278-6316, or e-mail at cid@mipt.org. MIPT is a DHS-funded nonprofit police training center. ■

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVII, no. 11, November 2010. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.








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