R4 Blue to Gold Training Bulletproof Report Writing- Idaho Falls

Course Number: R4141

Course Description:

The goal of Bulletproof Report Writing is to teach experienced police officers solid fundamentals that will help them write defensible police reports. Additionally, officers need the skills to write a report that will allow prosecutors to charge defendants without asking for follow-up information. Law enforcement officers need to know how to be fully prepared to not only answer the direct questions asked by the prosecutor, but also answer the cross-examination questions by the defense attorney and know how to respond to impeachment attempts.

Topics Covered/Overview

Goal

To teach students how to write a police report that causes the reader to believe that your actions were reasonable, appropriate, and defensible.

Outcome

Students who complete the course will:

  • Discourage filings for motions to suppress evidence

  • Encourage guilty pleas

  • Serve as a roadmap for the prosecution

  • Provide for a basis to fully refresh your memory for trial

Training Modules

  1. Learn the Three Golden Rules of report writing.

  2. Explain the four goals of a police report, along with the eight audiences who typically read your reports.

  3. Learn straight-forward and effective report writing techniques, including:

    • Whether or not you should use CAPS

    • When to use paragraphs

    • Learn why a true professional writer uses topic headings to subdivide your report

    • When to use bullet points to make important legal conclusions

    • The value of identifying people by their role in the incident, not just their name

    • How to write short and direct sentences

    • Learn the seven elements of an effective synopsis

    • Describe how a true chronological report is written

    • Learn how to write a report summary (hint: it’s not like a college paper summary)

  4. Students will also learn how to articulate criminal elements in their reports, including two “hidden” elements for every crime

  5. Discuss how to effectively narrate on BWC without offending rules of evidence

  6. Learn the Rule of 5 for RS and PC articulation

  7. Learn how to “reverse engineer” case law in order to write better reports

  8. Explain how the importance of articulating legal conclusions

  9. Throughout the training students will do several engaging articulation exercises (this part is unique to our training)

Dates: September 23, 2021

Times: 0830-1700

Credit Hours: 7.5

Location: Idaho Falls Police Department Training Annex, 740 Park Ave, Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Cost: $159 ($379 if attending all three classes- Adv. Search and Seizure (Sept. 21) Adv. Traffic Stops (Sept 22), Bulletproof Report Writing (Sept 23))

(Attendees are responsible for meals, travel, and/or lodging)

Deadline:

Instructor(s): TBD

Remarks: Register via the Blue to Gold website, located here- https://www.bluetogold.com/

 

R4 Operation RUSH Criminal Interdiction Course- CANCELLED

Course Number: R4210D

Course Description:

Operation RUSH is a criminal interdiction course developed to challenge both new and experienced officers to look beyond the traffic stop and recognize criminal activity. Criminals are most vulnerable while in transit going from point A to point B and they are also their most dangerous.  Learn how to conduct tactical vehicle approaches which provides officers a superior advantages over traditional traffic stops

One of the biggest legal challenges officer’s face in court is the extension of the traffic stop.  Legally extending the traffic stop by building reasonable suspicion and how to articulate it in your report is the key to a successful criminal interdiction traffic stop.  Articulation of key components of the traffic stop in the officers report lays the foundation for courtroom testimony and successful convictions

The course will also provide officers pertinent information on current case law, current drug trends, drug ingestion, contraband concealment methods, and search techniques along with the deployment of K9s.

Dress is casual and a flashlight is needed.

Dates: May 17-18, 2021

Times: CANCELLED, LACK OF REGISTRATIONS

Credit Hours: 15

Location: Teton County Sheriff’s Office, 230 N. Main St., Driggs, ID

Cost: $249.00

(Attendees are responsible for meals, travel, and/or lodging)

Deadline:

Instructor(s): J. Keil

Remarks: To register contact J. Keil at 920-323-2354 or email info@operationrush.com  

 

R4 Blue to Gold Advanced Search and Seizure- Chubbuck

Course Number: R4247

Course Description:

This is the premier Blue to Gold Course and the only search and seizure training Nationally Certified by IDALEST. This course is designed for experienced law enforcement officers who already possess a background knowledge and functional experience in search and seizure law. The instruction is advanced and fast-paced and uses case studies to explain the development and the current status of the legal aspects of searches and seizures.

Topics Covered/Overview

Goal

The goal of Advanced Search and Seizure is to help officers independently analyze and solve Fourth Amendment problems.

Outcome

Students who complete the course will:

  • Understand when the Fourth Amendment applies

  • Understand that every search or seizure requires consent, a recognized exception, or a warrant

  • Reduce or eliminated lawsuits

  • Make good case law

Training Modules

  1. First, acquire a solid understand of the Fourth Amendment:

    • What are the key words in the Fourth Amendment that need to be understood by officers

    • What are the three Golden Rules of search and seizure

  2. Next, we explain when the Fourth Amendment is implicated. In particular, we discuss the requirement of state action.

  3. We then discuss what is a Fourth Amendment search and seizure:

    • What are the two searches recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court

    • When does a seizure occur of a person

    • When does a seizure occur of property

  4. Finally, we discuss the legal issues regarding the most used searches and seizures by police officers, in particular:

    • What one of three exceptions an officer needs every time a search or seizure is conducted

    • How to effectively articulate citizen-consensual encounters

    • How to articulate any consensual search, and what are the many pitfalls to avoid

    • What is apparent authority to consent to search, and what if officers are mistaken

    • How to conduct an investigative detention, and how to transition to a P.C. stop or back down to a consensual encounter

    • Legal land-mines regarding First Amendment statements and protesters

    • Hot pursuit into homes

    • Emergency entries into homes

  5. And much more!

Dates: January 26, 2021

Times: 0830-1700

Credit Hours: 7.5

Location: Chubbuck Police Department 5160 Yellowstone Ave Chubbuck, ID 83202

Cost: $159.00 ($379 if students attend all three Blue to Gold Courses, Adv Search (Jan 26), Adv Traffic Stops (Jan 27), Bulletproof Report Writing (Jan 28)

All students receive the extremely popular and useful Search & Seizure Survival Guide. We designed this book from the ground up for all police officers. The book guides officers on practically every search and seizure scenario, including advice on how to articulate the necessary legal doctrines in police reports

(Attendees are responsible for meals, travel, and/or lodging)

Deadline:

Instructor(s): Blue to Gold Instructors TBD

Remarks: To register for this course, go to the Blue to Gold Training website located here- https://www.bluetogold.com/

R4 Blue to Gold Advanced Traffic Stops- Chubbuck

Course Number: R4247

Course Description:

This advanced course covers practically every legal issue regarding traffic stops. Topics include community caretaking and reasonable suspicion stops, warrantless searches, Miranda, consent searches, inventories, and much more. The latest cases regarding K9 searches is also taught. Students completing this course will know how to handle practically every search and seizure scenario they run into involving vehicles.

Topics Covered/Overview

Goal

Officers will be taught both black letter law and real world “best practices,” making them more professional on video and reducing their exposure to civil lawsuits.

Outcome

Students who complete the course will:

  • Understand important case law regarding traffic stops

  • Understand that every search or seizure requires consent, a recognized exception, or a warrant

  • Know the rules regarding the six most common motor vehicle searches

  • Reduce or eliminated lawsuits

  • Make good case law

Training Modules

  1. The history of the motor vehicle exception and its rationale

  2. A thorough understanding of the Jones decision, which outlined when a trespass onto a constitutionally protected area becomes a search under the Fourth Amendment

  3. Pretext stops under Whren

  4. How the scope of a traffic stop is based on its underlying mission

  5. Issues regarding involuntary transportation

  6. Questioning occupants in light of the Rodriquez decision

  7. The four methods that allow an officer to inquire into other criminal activity without unlawfully extending the stop

  8. Under what circumstances passengers may be identified

  9. When passengers may be forced to stay in the vehicle

  10. Gaining lawful consent to search, and complying with any scope limitations

  11. Warrantless vehicle searches, including:

    • Protective sweep for weapons

    • Search incident to arrest

    • Search for arrest-related evidence

    • Inventories

    • K9 sniffs

    • Probable cause searches

Dates: January 27, 2021

Times: 0830-1700

Credit Hours: 7.5

Location: Chubbuck Police Department 5160 Yellowstone Ave Chubbuck, ID 83202

Cost: $159.00 ($379 if you attend all three Blue to Gold Courses. Adv. Search and Seizure (Jan 26), Adv. Traffic Stops (Jan 27), Bulletproof Report Writing (Jan 28))

All students receive the extremely popular and useful Search & Seizure Survival Guide. We designed this book from the ground up for all police officers. The book guides officers on practically every search and seizure scenario, including advice on how to articulate the necessary legal doctrines in police reports.

(Attendees are responsible for meals, travel, and/or lodging)

Deadline:

Instructor(s): Blue to Gold Instructors TBD

Remarks: To register, go to the Blue to Gold Training website located here- https://www.bluetogold.com/

R4 Blue to Gold Training Bulletproof Report Writing- Chubbuck

Course Number: R4141

Course Description:

The goal of Bulletproof Report Writing is to teach experienced police officers solid fundamentals that will help them write defensible police reports. Additionally, officers need the skills to write a report that will allow prosecutors to charge defendants without asking for follow-up information. Law enforcement officers need to know how to be fully prepared to not only answer the direct questions asked by the prosecutor, but also answer the cross-examination questions by the defense attorney and know how to respond to impeachment attempts.

Topics Covered/Overview

Goal

To teach students how to write a police report that causes the reader to believe that your actions were reasonable, appropriate, and defensible.

Outcome

Students who complete the course will:

  • Discourage filings for motions to suppress evidence

  • Encourage guilty pleas

  • Serve as a roadmap for the prosecution

  • Provide for a basis to fully refresh your memory for trial

Training Modules

  1. Learn the Three Golden Rules of report writing.

  2. Explain the four goals of a police report, along with the eight audiences who typically read your reports.

  3. Learn straight-forward and effective report writing techniques, including:

    • Whether or not you should use CAPS

    • When to use paragraphs

    • Learn why a true professional writer uses topic headings to subdivide your report

    • When to use bullet points to make important legal conclusions

    • The value of identifying people by their role in the incident, not just their name

    • How to write short and direct sentences

    • Learn the seven elements of an effective synopsis

    • Describe how a true chronological report is written

    • Learn how to write a report summary (hint: it’s not like a college paper summary)

  4. Students will also learn how to articulate criminal elements in their reports, including two “hidden” elements for every crime

  5. Discuss how to effectively narrate on BWC without offending rules of evidence

  6. Learn the Rule of 5 for RS and PC articulation

  7. Learn how to “reverse engineer” case law in order to write better reports

  8. Explain how the importance of articulating legal conclusions

  9. Throughout the training students will do several engaging articulation exercises (this part is unique to our training)

Dates: January 28, 2021

Times: 0830-1700

Credit Hours: 7.5

Location: Chubbuck Police Department 5160 Yellowstone, Chubbuck, ID 83202

Cost: $159 ($379 if attending all three classes- Adv. Search and Seizure (Jan. 26) Adv. Traffic Stops (Jan 27), Bulletproof Report Writing (Jan 28))

(Attendees are responsible for meals, travel, and/or lodging)

Deadline:

Instructor(s): TBD

Remarks: Register via the Blue to Gold website, located here- https://www.bluetogold.com/

 

R4 UAS Response Technician I and II- Idaho Falls

Course Number: R4123

Course Description:

Training Program Based on Real-World Experience

The UAS Response Technician certification program consists of two hands-on courses – UAS Response Technician I (16 hours) and UAS Response Technician II (24 hours). At the end of the two courses, students will complete a written and a practical exam to earn the UAS Response Technician certficate. The courses can be taken in the same week, or you can split them up to better fit your schedule.

The program is designed to take existing UAS pilots and create safe, effective, professional opeators prepared to work on incident scenes including major disasters. Coursework includes safety management systems, crew coordiantion, hands-on scenarios, and best practices for a variety of missions including search and rescue, law enforcement support, fire fighting, hazardous materials and damage assessment. Each course includes homework, teachback modules, and a course workbook.

The training curriculum and materials were developed by the profesionals at the Texas A & M Humanitarian Robotics and Artifical Intelligence Laboratory (HRAIL), the Center for Disaster Risk Policy, and the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR). This team of responders, researchers and educators have led the way in integrating UAS into emergency operations worldwide.

Duration:   16 Contact Hours
Delivery Method:   Classroom and Hands-On Scenario Based Flights

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize all Federal regulations regarding operation of UAS in the National Airspace System.
  • Distinguish the need for jurisdictional and organizational policies regarding the operation of unmanned systems for public safety and emergency management.
  • Identify the components and purpose of the Incident Command System as well as the Air Operations Branch at the incident and State levels.
  • Determine personal minimums in regards to risk, including drug and alcohol effects, weather, and mission requirements utilizing a PAVE checklist.
  • Analyze issues with and risks to UAS operations created by conditions such as terrain, weather, obstructions, manned aviation, and airspace classification.
  • Evaluate all conditions for a UAS flight and make an appropriate “go/no-go” decision.
  • Identify appropriate locations and conditions to conduct UAS operations based on launch/recovery needs, airspace and regulatory factors, obstructions, terrain, and weather.
  • Plan a UAS sortie to accomplish a specific set of mission parameters given available resources.
  • Perform safe and effective UAS operations as part of a designated UAS crew.

UAS Response Technician II

Duration:   24 Contact Hours
Delivery Method:   Classroom and Hands-On Scenario Based Flights

Learning Objectives

  • Identify typical payloads of UAS and methods for integration into the UAS environment, including maximum takeoff weight and the impacts of payload on flight characteristics.
  • Determine appropriate UAS airframes, payloads, and communication systems based on mission requirements and conditions such as weather, traffic density, and terrain.
  • Determine an effective communications plan to include two-way communication as well as monitoring for situational awareness.
  • Describe procedures for obtaining emergency authorization to fly in controlled airspace or other FAA restricted locations.
  • Formulate plans for multiple unmanned aircraft and crews to operate simultaneously over or near and incident scene.
  • Apply land navigation techniques and technology as well coordinate systems including United States National Grid (USNG) and latitude and longitude to identify, classify, and travel to locations on the ground.
  • Apply techniques to effectively operate and apply UAS in nighttime conditions.
  • Apply techniques to effectively operate a UAS in the following public safety mission types: damage assessment, route clearance, search and rescue, firefighting, law enforcement support, and surveillance/reconnaissance.

Dates: June 8-9, 2020 for Response Technician I, June 10-12, 2020 for Response Technician II

Times: 0800-1700

Credit Hours: 16 hours for Response Technician I, 24 hours for Response Technician II (40 hours if taking both courses)

Location: Idaho Falls Police Department Training Annex, 740 Park Ave., Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Cost: $700 if taking both classes

($450 for Response Technician I and $550 for Response Technician II- if taken separately)

(Attendees are responsible for meals, travel, and/or lodging)

Deadline:

Instructor(s): Florida State University Instructors, Justin Adams and Dave Merrick

Remarks: To register for this course, click the link- http://cdrp.net/uas-training-cal.php

R4 Advanced Search and Seizure: Narcotics- Idaho Falls

Course Number: R4233B

Course Description:

This course is perfect for proactive narcotics and street officers. Topics include undercover operations inside homes; executing drug warrants; knock and announce issues; and more.

Dates: September 23, 2020

Times: 0830-1700

Credit Hours: 7.5

Location: Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office Training Annex, 577 D St., Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Cost: $149 ($349 if attending all three classes- Adv. Search: Warrantless, Adv. Search: Narcotics, Report Writing)

(Attendees are responsible for meals, travel, and/or lodging)

Deadline:

Instructor(s): TBD

Remarks: Register via the Blue to Gold website, located here- https://www.bluetogold.com/training/idaho-falls