Principles of Training, Performance, and Learning
This training will begin by dispelling common myths of learning, such as practice makes perfect or that perfect practice leads to perfect performance in the field. You will learn how to assess and track objective changes in performance. You will learn how to train under the optimal conditions; the benefit of random, variable interleaved vs block training, how exercise, memory, and sleep can impact learning and performance. The training will discuss specific instructional techniques to optimize student learning and longer-term retention. The latest Force Science findings from law enforcement academies on effective training methods that result in long-term skill retention and how to incorporate them into a training program will be revealed. Learn how to identify and avoid training scars. Lastly, we will discuss considerations for implementing evidence-based training principles and how to influence positive change at your agency.
A 32-year law enforcement veteran, Chris Butler was an Inspector with the Calgary Police Service and is currently an international instructor for the Force Science Institute. Chris has served as a staff sgt. in charge of the delivery of all firearms, fitness, officer safety, subject control tactics, emergency vehicle operations, Incident Command and Strategic Communication. Chris has worked as an operational Duty Inspector (Street Commander) by serving as an incident commander for several major events including major fires, multi casualty accidents and acts of violence claiming multiple lives. Chris currently serves as the Commanding officer of the Major Event and Emergency Management Section, responsible for planned and spontaneous incident emergency planning, interoperability with external agencies, public safety, incident command and search management. He has qualified at Provincial and Federal court as an expert in police use-of-force training and evaluation.
Dr. John O’Neill has over 10 years of experience in research administration. For the last three years, Dr. O’Neill has conducted a series of studies about police training across regional and state academies. In total, Dr. O’Neill has published 16 works including book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, and magazine articles. His area of expertise is in the analysis of human behavior and cognition. He has a Ph.D. with specialization in Behavior Analysis and Therapy, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, as a Behavioral Scientist in the Division of Research and Instructor at Force Science Institute, and as Associate Graduate Faculty at Minnesota State University Mankato.