No more police/security contract classes for Active Response Training.
I’ve decided not to conduct any more contract police/security classes in the future. To be honest, many of the cop classes I’ve taught over the last 18 years have been complete disappointments. Even though the cops I’m teaching have the potential to use the skills I am imparting on a daily basis, few take the class work seriously. The majority of officers are grumpy, they don’t want to work, and aren’t excited about learning the material. Security guards are even worse.
Cop classes seem to drag and have been horrible to teach. I can present the exact same material to a group of armed citizens and they will be lively, energetic, hard working, and receptive. It’s much more enjoyable to teach a group of people who actually want to learn. Cops attending “mandatory” training generally don’t.
Combine the attitude differences with diminishing police training budgets and the difficulty of filling cop classes, and it’s an easy decision to make. I’m cutting out the cop classes I don’t enjoy teaching.
As of last week, I have allowed all of my state police/security instructor and requalification certificates to expire. I don’t foresee the need to renew them.
As always, individual cops paying for their own training are welcome to attend any of my courses. I’ve found officers who pay for training on their own dime to be exceptional students and I enjoy teaching them. I won’t be scheduling any more contract police department or security officer training sessions.
I look forward to seeing you in one of the 28 classes I have already scheduled for next year.