Officers at many departments often do not get training in areas outside of the core liability areas such as use of force, firearms, and pursuit driving. Most departments simply don’t have the money to cover the cost of the additional training.
Additionally, many police officers and deputy sheriffs have a hard time fitting extra training into a schedule packed with work and personal demands.
Enter The Backup Training Corporation – a company that aims to take the stress, cost and time restraints out of ongoing police training.
Delivered to You Training
Founded in 1997, The Backup Training Corporation offers more than 40 courses on CD-ROM for law enforcement officers. The courses cover a broad range of topics including the use of force, officer survival, and responding to active shooters.
Many of the courses cover subjects that are rarely covered in traditional training such as commercial vehicle enforcement, developing informants, outlaw bikers, elder abuse, identifying stolen cars that have been disguised (VIN switches, etc.), and vice enforcement for patrol officers.
Since the courses are all offered on CD, officers can work on them in their spare time, even if that is during “down time” on a midnight shift. The courses are easy to navigate and the content is well written and interesting.
The best part of this training is that all of the content is completely free to individual officers. The only cost to the officer is a $3 shipping and handling charge for each CD. This fee covers the cost of reproducing the CD and mailing it out to you. A fair bargain by any measure.
The costs of developing the course content is paid for through government grants for adult education.
One of these course I took was the Vehicle Stop Interdiction course. The program was educational and presented well. (Scroll down for a more detailed review of the course.)
If free, high-quality training was enough in itself, how about this: you can earn college credit for the courses also. The Backup Training Corporation has partnered with North Idaho College (NIC) to offer up to 17 hours of 200-level college credit.
Unlike some of the dubious, non-accredited online colleges, NIC is fully-accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. This means that you can transfer the credits to any other college or university.
A total of 17 semester hours is available. If you wish to obtain the college credit (your option – you don’t have to), simply pay a $25 application fee to the college plus $10 per hour of credit. So, for a grand total of $195, you walk away with 17 hours of college credit. Considering a 12-credit hour semester will set you back $1200+ at most institutions, that is a bargain you simply can’t argue with.
When you first sign up for any of the courses, you will need to submit an application along with your credentials proving you are a sworn law enforcement officer. Once you get started, you may order up to six CDs at a time.
Bargains like this are rare treasures. Make sure you take advantage of this high-quality training.
Review: Vehicle Stop Interdiction
Focusing on highway drug interdiction, the CD-based course covers all of the bases for an officer who is serious about stopping the flow of drugs on the highways and streets of their communities.
Topics in the course include: indicators of drug couriers, roadside interviews, search and seizure case law, concealment locations and methods, “source” states and frequent overland routes, the use of K-9s, profiling, documentation, and more.
I have taken a variety of drug interdiction/criminal patrol courses in the past, and felt that this one does a good job of conveying a lot of the important information. If you have never taken a class on criminal interdiction you will get a lot out of this program. For the well-versed drug interdiction officer, this course is a solid refresher in most areas, and you may pick up a few new things also.
The course is rich in multimedia content, but a lot of reading will be required. The course is designed to be completed in 8 hours, and can be stopped and started at any time. To receive course completion credit, you do need to complete the course within 90 days of receiving the course.
Unfortunately, this program is no longer in existence. My attempts to locate the copyright holders of the materials have proved fruitless. It was my intent to place this material online for officers to access anywhere if I could locate and obtain permission to do so. Should anyone have further information on the company or its materials, feel free to contact me.