for Advanced Professional Development

Lorain County Chiefs Law Enforcement Association, Lorain County Commissioners, and Lorain County Community College have partnered to bring continuing education opportunities to law enforcement officers and first responders. The Public Safety Institute for Advanced Professional Development brings career development, personal growth opportunities and the latest skills and information – developed and delivered by a variety of expert instructors.

Institute offerings are available to a wide range of professionals including, but not limited to:

  • Local and Regional Law Enforcement Officers
  • First Responders
  • Fire Chiefs
  • Firefighters
  • Emergency Medical Service Agents
  • Organizational Leaders

Previous Trainings

Spring, 2023

The Cognitive Interview Introductory Class

Information is the lifeblood of investigations and it is the ability of investigators to obtain useful and accurate information from eyewitnesses that is most crucial. Yet full and accurate memory recall is difficult to achieve. This proficiency course will familiarize investigators with the Cognitive Interview (CI) technique through instruction and role-play exercises with feedback. The CI is a systematic approach to interviewing witnesses toward increasing the amount of relevant information obtained without compromising the rate of accuracy. The CI is based on scientifically derived principles of memory and communication theory as well as extensive analyses of law-enforcement interviews. The CI has been found in scientific research studies to produce significantly more information than standard Q&A questioning. The CI is legally acceptable to the courts and is ideally suited for interviewing Law Enforcement Officers following use-of-force incidents.

Attendees will learn about the nature of memory retrieval and how to conduct investigative interviews more effectively while avoiding the worst mistakes. Each participant will join in three role-play interviews to achieve proficiency. This class also includes segments on effective interview practices for use with a variety of special populations including suspects.

Spring, 2022

Employment Law Issues for Law Enforcement Management

Day 1 Course: Federal Laws & Standards

  • Federal laws regulate the everyday activities of employers.  This session is an overview of the most frequently applied laws: the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act.   Case law is used to explain and demonstrate the importance of effective management.
  • This session also will address intermittent leave, medical documentation, retaliation issues and complex fact patterns regarding the use of FMLA and implications on ADA and medical marijuana.  Discussion will include the impact and conflict with union contracts as well as what steps to take for best practices for potential lawsuits. 

Day 2 Course: Discipline & Investigations of Employees

  • A comprehensive session on discipline, this session is designed for Law Enforcement Administration including Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, Human Resources Directors, Law Directors, Administrators/Managers, Supervisors, and others who are responsible for oversight of employee conduct and/or for discipline.
  • Standards of Conduct and discipline process is presented and advanced process and practice points are included.   Case examples and citations form the basis of explaining the causes for discipline.

Fall, 2021

The Ethical Warrior: Ethics & Professionalism in Difficult Times

This 8-hour “Ethical Warrior” workshop is designed for law enforcement professionals at all levels. The insightful and fast-paced course surveys the principles of public service ethics and the challenges of deteriorating core moral values and ethics of the new generation of “modern-day warriors”. Also examined is how managers, supervisors and public organizations can strengthen ethical behaviors in today’s environment where public mistrust of the government and law enforcement is at an all-time high.

Spring, 2021

Law Enforcement Trauma and Stress

Law Enforcement Officers experience a lot of trauma and stress on the job. From difficult-to-look–at crime scenes, car accidents, etc., to interacting with people during bad life experiences, officers see a lot of negative. Public criticism and other life stressors can make the job seem even harder. This training session will discuss trauma and its effects, PTSD, anxiety, burnout, and many related aspects of the emotional and mental challenges these professionals experience, with a focus on suicide prevention and intervention in law enforcement.

Spring, 2019

Foundations for Strategic Awareness – Featuring Chip Huth of Command Presence

An interactive course built from critical concepts from the book­ Unleashing the Power of Unconditional Respect: Transforming Law Enforcement and Police Training. The course is a mixture of lecture, open discussion, small group discussions, individual work and group exercises.

Fall, 2019

Seconds 4 Survival – Featuring Travis Yates of Safetac Training

A dynamic, media intensive course designed to reduce the reactionary gap that can lead to deadly consequences in law enforcement interactions with suspects. Real life scenarios combined with tactical considerations are discussed throughout the training that will give the student the knowledge to survive attacks.

Spring, 2020

Risk Management – Featuring Gordon Graham

The phrase “risk management” gets thrown around quite a bit, but what is “real” risk management? It is more than the “safety” stuff. It is more than the insurance” stuff. And it is more than the “ergonomics” stuff. Everything you do in your organization involves a level of Risk. This training explains how to “recognize” the real risks you face, gives some thoughts on how to “prioritize” these risks, shows how to “mobilize”(act) to do something about the real risks you face in your organization.

Fall, 2020

Train the Trainer and Course Deliver: De-Escalation Strategies for Best Possible Outcomes Training

Highly interactive, small group discussion-based training is focused on defining de-escalation (what it is and what it isn’t), identifying people in crisis (through the innovative TEB Model), and enhancing decision-making when dealing with people in crisis. Through case study, video review, and “fishbowl” exercises, participants will leave the training with valuable skills to increase the probability of desirable outcomes during interactions with people in crisis.

Contact Us

Julie Strazzo
Lorain County Community College