Advanced Training and Certification

The Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence provides training for local, county, state and federal professionals in law enforcement, public safety, fire science and homeland security along the US/Mexico border. Opportunities for professional growth and access to training will strengthen public safety and benefit those who make public service a career. South Texas College is dedicated to providing excellence in educational programs and accessibility to a diverse population.

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Date Course Time
Nov 25 - 26, 2019 2108 - Arrest, Search and Seizure

The purpose of the course is to cover probable cause, detention, and arrest. The student will be able to identify where the requirements for probable cause to arrest and search are contained. The student will be able to define suspicion, identify examples of suspicious circumstances, and identify appropriate responses.

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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Jan 13 - 15, 2020 2109 - Spanish for Law Enforcement

The purpose of this course is for the student to be able to interpret the Spanish words and phrases that may signal danger as they are spoken within a conversation during a simulated response.

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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Nov 27, 2019 3185 - Legislative Updates

The purpose of the course is for the student will be updated on the bills passed that will have an impact on Texas law enforcers and review recent judicial decisions that are important for law enforcement officers, law enforcement administrators, and law enforcement policy makers. The training will provide the students with the necessary knowledge to perform their daily job tasks with competency and to continue to serve the public at a high level of performance.

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8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Nov 27, 2019 3185 - Legislative Updates

The purpose of the course is for the student will be updated on the bills passed that will have an impact on Texas law enforcers and review recent judicial decisions that are important for law enforcement officers, law enforcement administrators, and law enforcement policy makers. The training will provide the students with the necessary knowledge to perform their daily job tasks with competency and to continue to serve the public at a high level of performance.

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1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Jan 8, 2020 3232 - Special Investigative Topics

This course provide the officer an understanding of child abuse & neglect, family violence, sexual assault, and sex offender characteristics and those key changes within the different Texas Codes that may impact on their performance in these critical areas.

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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Jan 6, 2020 3275 - Missing & Exploited Children

This course is intended as an introduction to issues related to responding to and investigating missing and exploited children cases. The participant will be able to determine specific steps to take upon receiving a report of a missing child while considering factors such as child history, individuals at the scene, evidence collection, search procedure and available resources. The participant will be able to differentiate when reporting youth runaway cases is legally required as well as correlate youth runaway populations and risks for potential harm or exploitation. The participant will be able to identify risks posed to children for sexual exploitation, potential offenses related to child sexual exploitation, and grooming techniques commonly used by offenders.

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8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Dec 9, 2019 FBI - LEEDA: Executive Leadership InstituteRegistration Closed

The FBI-LEEDA Executive Leadership Institute is an innovative 4 1/2-day program designed for executive-level law enforcement leaders and focuses on the emerging challenges facing 21st century police leaders. This highly interactive program follows the FBI-LEEDA “cops talking to cops" model of professional development. The course first looks inward to identify the forces of change and emerging trends within law enforcement, such as the challenges of merging the perspectives of traditionalist, baby boomer, generation X and Millennial employees and presents leadership strategies to manage and adapt to future conditions.

The Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) is part three of the three-step leadership series that makes up the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy.

Register at: https://www.fbileeda.org/

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Feb 24, 2020 Hostage Negotiations Course

Negotiations Course by Wayman Mullins DPS Ranger Tony Rocha.

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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Upcoming Sessions

Course
1849 - De-escalation Techniques: Limiting the Use of Force in Public Interaction

The purpose of a de-escalation training is to improve the response of officers to incidents that involve persons in crisis, who are behaving erratically, emphasizing that public and officer safety are at the heart of this training process.

1850 - Crisis Intervention Training

The purpose of the course is the exploration of the topic of mental health to include de-escalation and crisis intervention techniques.  Developing a Basic Understanding of the Origins of CIT and increasing Awareness of Mental Illness and Associated Adversity.  This will also include effective Communication Skills to aid in working with a possible mental health crisis.

2052 - Advanced Communications Course

Dr. Wayman Mullins will be presenting Advanced Communications for Negotiators. This 16 hour course will present communication techniques and strategies for communicators that build upon skills already learned and in the negotiator toolbox. Topics will include Influence and Compliance Techniques, Social Media and Internet Communications, Cognitive Interviewing and others. This course focuses on exercises, scenarios, and practicing the application of techniques.

2057 - Report Writing - 2049 / Courtroom Testimony

The purpose of the course is for the student to understand the importance of and the creation of effective field notes and the uses and essential characteristics of police reports. The student will demonstrate effective written communication skills. The course will prepare the student to be an effective courtroom witness and demonstrate proper demeanor when called to testify by using techniques for presenting effective testimony.

2105 - Child Abuse Prevention

he purpose of this course is to introduce the student to an overview of the nature, causes and effects of child abuse. The student will be able to identify those authorities and responsibilities in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Texas Penal Code, Texas Family Code, and Human Resources Code. The student will be able to identify historical perspectives relating to child abuse as well as be able to identify factors relating to the nature of the problem of child abuse.

2106 - Intermediate Crime Scene Investigation

The purpose of the course is for the student will be able to explain certain objectives and legal obligations that must be followed during a crime scene search.   The training will provide the students the necessary knowledge to perform a crime scene search that is planned and coordinated legal search of a crime scene to locate physical evidence or witnesses to the crime under investigation. The student will be able to identify related constitutional and criminal laws related to a crime scene search.

2107 - Use of Force

The purpose of the course is for the student to obtain a basic overview of the terminology and concepts regarding use of force. The student will also obtain information concerning research indicating factors and situations where use of force may be likely.

30418 - Civilian Interaction Training Program by the District Attorney Office

This course was developed with the goal of providing information to drivers, the public, and students, and training for members of law enforcement, on the expectations that each should have during a contact between officers and motorists.

3132 - How to Write a Search Warrant by the District Attorney Office

Recommended for Officers and Investigators that write search warrants on a regular basis for their departments.

In this course the students will learn how to draft a search warrant affidavit by collectively discussing fact-based scenarios. The presentation will consist of a lecture that highlights and discusses the latest court cases and that is also interspersed with practical exercises. The students discuss the facts and then, as a group, prepare an affidavit for a search warrant along with the warrant itself. The instructor will type the affidavit in “real time” as it is authored by the students and shown on the PowerPoint screen. The instructor will then offer constructive criticism and make corrections to the student’s work product.

The course will emphasize the information that will need to be provided in order for their affidavit to survive the close scrutiny of the courts. The lecture portion of the class will include focus on:

  • Knock and Talks
  • The Fourth Amendment as applied to search warrants
  • How to properly describe the place to be searched
  • How to properly describe the items to be seized
  • How to deal with computers and cell phones when asking to seize them and then search the content of those devices

Naming or describing persons that you want to search under the authority of the search warrant; and stating probable cause to support the search of every item you want to search under the warrant.

Each student will receive a handout that details the requisites of drafting a search warrant and search warrant affidavit. They will also receive a handout on Digital Searches.

3150 - Law Update: Digital Body Camera

Body Worn Camera is a recording device that is capable of recording, or transmitting to be recorded remotely, video or audio, and is worn on the person of a peace officer, which includes being attached to the officer’s clothing or worn as glasses. This purpose of this course is for the student to be able to discuss when a camera should be activated due to privacy and departmental situations as well as a location in which a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, including a person’s home.

3150 - Law Update: Warrantless Searches

This course will teach the student the circumstances in which a search can be conducted without a search warrant. Not every search, seizure, or arrest must be made pursuant to a lawfully executed warrant. The Supreme Court has ruled that warrantless police conduct may comply with the Fourth Amendment so long as it is reasonable under the circumstances. The exceptions made to the Fourth Amendment's warrant requirement reflect the Court's reluctance to unduly impede the job of law enforcement officials.

3255 - Asset Forfeiture

This course will cover the forfeiture of seized property. The student will be able to demonstrate understanding of this area to the level required by the Texas 77th in Senate Bill 563. The student will be able to identify the philosophy behind forfeiture and the extent to which it is appropriate as well as be able to identify search and methods of seizure.

3256 - Racial Profiling

The purpose of this course is that the officer will be able to identify the legal aspects of racial profiling, be able to identify logical and social arguments against racial profiling and be able to identify the elements of both inappropriate and appropriate traffic stops.

3270 - Human Trafficking

This course will increase the law enforcement communities awareness of the issue of human trafficking, through the exposure of information including: victim identification, investigation, rescue and prosecution considerations, referral and service providers availability, the critical need for development of a coordinated community response and the inter-connectivity of state, federal and global human trafficking concerns.

3277 - Identity Theft

The purpose of the course is for officers to be able to recognize the types of identity crime and recognize how identity crimes occur. The officer will also be able to recognize the legal aspects of identity crimes.

3280 - Cell Phone Investigation Techniques

Today's criminal element is heavily relying on cell phones and its ever-advancing technology to conduct illegal activity. The ability to exploit this information is crucial for law enforcement success. This class will assist investigators and officers in understanding the data and terminology involved in a cell phone investigation and how to successfully utilize that information in developing probable cause, identifying co-conspirators, and expanding the breadth and scope of criminal investigations.

  • Cell phone warrants
  • Cell Tower Data
  • "Dropped Phones"
  • CPS & Wifi Tracking
  • Exploiting Cell Phone Apps
  • SMS Messages
  • Preservation of Evidence
  • Legal Consideration
  • and much more

For more information: KELLEY.MCCORMICK@DA.CO.HIDALGO.TX.US

3843 - Crisis Intervention Refresher Course

Training provides a review of the key concepts, safety techniques, and communication skills initially taught in the crisis intervention section of the TCOLE Basic Peace Officer Curriculum. This course will allow time for discussion, questions, and concerns of technique utilization that participants have experienced. Best practices will be discussed and the sharing of personal situational experiences.

38719/6012 - Resilience and 21st Century Law Enforcement Skills

Course is divided in three sections earning a total of 24 hrs. You may attend a class individually (8 hrs each) Below are the cost per course

Part 1 (Resilience)
November 12
8:00am-5:00pm
Cost: $250.00

The 21st century law enforcement officer navigates hazardous and complex situations on a daily basis, and they do so in the presence of unprecedented levels of public scrutiny. In the digital era, some members of the general public record, or live stream, their interactions with law enforcement officers with the intent of publishing these interactions on social networking sites. This one day course will use the principles of HeartMath’s Resilience Advantage to provide students with skills to regulate their physiological responses to stressful situations. Students will learn about the four resiliency domains, and will also learn about the synergy between these resilience domains that lead to coherent heart rhythms. This class will discuss how the body’s nervous system causes physiological changes in response to stress, and students learn how to mitigate the stress response to respond decisively and effectively in the face of adversity

Part 2 (De- Escalation)
November 13
8:00am-5:00pm
Cost: $225.00

This course examines the most common pathway the police use to increase citizen perceptions of legitimacy. This course will familiarize the students with strategies and techniques on de-escalation within the law enforcement and family community. This pathway is through the use of the following:

  • Procedural Justice
  • Crisis Intervention Training
  • Verbal De-escalation

Students will further develop their understanding of the research that confirms when people perceive the police as legitimate, they are more likely to report higher levels of satisfaction and confidence in the police (both for individual officers and the institution), perceive the police as effective in their crime-control efforts, and are more willing to assist police and accept the manifest outcomes of an interaction with police (Tyler 2004). Police legitimacy thus engenders compliance, fosters cooperation, and improves citizen satisfaction with police, thus facilitating the capacity of police to maintain order and control crime.

Part 3 (Communication)
November 14
8:00am-5:00pm
Cost: $225.00

This course examines the elements of contemporary leadership and delineates the principles of communication that are important in the development of a leader for the 21st century. Emphasis is placed on how to overcome communication challenges and the skills you need to become a leader. This course provides students with the ability to inspire and build a team that produces not only results, but also future leaders.

All registrations must be done in the followiing link:  https://www.zoomprofessionals.com/events-and-registration

3939 - Cultural Diversity

The purpose of this course is not just to inform, but to increase awareness and understanding. The course will lead to the development of skills that will refine positive communication and enhance productivity in the workforce.

4065 - Canine Encounters

The purpose of this course is to provide officers with knowledge of the Texas State Animal Laws and tools to be able to recognize and understand canine behavior to avoid and defend against canine attack.

4068 - Child Safety Check Alert List

The purpose of the course is to familiarize peace officers with The Child Safety Check Alert List law (CSAL) and the purpose of the list. The student will be able to describe what information they must report to the Department of Family and Protective Services and to the Texas Crime Information Center.

7887 - Interacting with Drivers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

This course will provide knowledge on identifying practical suggestions for more effectively communicating with drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing and describe how to identify specialty license plates issued to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in the State of Texas.

8158 - Body Camera TCOLE Course

Body Worn Camera is a recording device that is capable of recording, or transmitting to be recorded remotely, video or audio, and is worn on the person of a peace officer, which includes being attached to the officer’s clothing or worn as glasses. This purpose of this course is for the student to be able to discuss when a camera should be activated due to privacy and departmental situations as well as a location in which a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, including a person’s home.

FBI - LEEDA: Media and Public Relations

FBI-LEEDA is pleased to present a 4½-day course on media and public relations. Police cannot succeed without the support of the community they are sworn to protect. The image of an agency as a professional and ethical organization is vitally important. This course will guide the participants to promoting a consistent and positive public image of the department, enabling the community to perceive their police as a transparent organization they can depend on and trust. There are three key opinion influencers; participants will learn how each can positively or negatively affect public opinion. Students will participate in media training with numerous desktop and on-camera exercises. Topics covered include; image, branding and perception, the media’s role in public opinion, managing social media communications, interview preparation and principles for communicating in a crisis event.

Register at: https://www.fbileeda.org/

FBI - LEEDA: Supervisor Leadership Institute

The FBI-LEEDA Supervisor Leadership Institute (SLI) is a foundational 4½-day course that helps prepare the next generation of police leaders for their critical first steps in police leadership. Supervisors and managers at higher levels will benefit from the topics covered in this course, appreciating how first line supervisors are critical to the success of the organization. To lead others, we must first know ourselves and SLI takes us on that part of the leadership journey. Among the modules covered in this course, students will find out how the DISC factors, Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance, can predict your behavior towards others in day-to-day interactions. The students will thoroughly examine the concepts of credibility, accountability and motivation, while becoming familiar with aspects of liability and discipline that are vital to leadership at all levels of the organization.

The Supervisor Leadership Institute (SLI) is part one of the three-step leadership series that makes up the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy.

Register at: https://www.fbileeda.org/

Public Agency Training Council: Cell Phone Technology and Forensic Data Recovery Certification

The PATCtech Cell Phone Technology & Forensic Data Recovery Certification (CTF) is a one of a kind certification training module for law enforcement officers, detectives, private investigators, SIU’s and computer specialists that provides a comprehensive study of how to use cell phone records and cell phone forensic technologies in any type of investigation.

Register at: https://www.patc.com/training/detail.php?ID=16389

Public Agency Training Council: Detective and New Criminal Investigator

This course is composed to assist the newly appointed Detective (or Patrol Officer conducting investigations) in becoming familiar with the many aspects of a Criminal Investigation. It is designed to assist in providing a solid foundation of basic techniques from which Detectives can build upon as they progress through their careers. Policies and procedures differ from agency to agency and this presentation is a general overview, not to conflict with your department operating guidelines in criminal investigations.

Register at: https://www.patc.com/training/register.php?ID=16030

Public Agency Training Council: Practical Kinesic Interview and Interrogation Phase I and II

Practical Kinesic Interview & Interrogation® is a training program that teaches multi-phase behavioral analysis and tactical interrogation methods using advanced kinesic interview and interrogation theories. The course is designed to help interviewers maximize their ability to gain valuable information as quickly and efficiently as possible. The two phases encompassing all the courses that make up Practical Kinesic Interview & Interrogation® training programs includes the Practical Kinesic Analysis Phase and the Tactical Interrogation Phase.

Register at: https://www.patc.com/training/detail.php?ID=16272

Radar Certification

RADAR is an important and effective means of accurately establishing vehicle speed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) believes that police traffic RADAR is an effective enforcement tool. Police traffic RADAR provides a means of increasing enforcement effectiveness and permits police administrators to make better use of scarce personnel and costly fuel. Research shows that excessive speed is a major contributing factor to motor vehicle crashes. Further, excessive speed increases the severity of the crashes that do occur.

  1. Bring your own handheld RADAR device or vehicle RADAR mounted system
  2. It is a RADAR and LIDAR certification class
TEEX ICS 300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents for Operational First Responders

This course is intended to serve as a vehicle to share proven incident management strategies and practices, as well as to enhance teamwork and coordination among the agency's mid-level managers and command staff directly responsible for emergency response to all-hazards incidents in which the Incident Command System (ICS) is employed. Register at: https://my.teex.org/TeexPortal/Default.aspx

U.S. Secret Service (Threat Assessment Training for School Officials)

The U.S. Secret Service and the South Texas College Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence will be co-sponsoring a training event which will provide Threat Assessment Training for School Officials. This training is free and will be open to School Resource Officers, police investigators, school administrators, school counselors, school psychologists and anyone who may potentially be involved in a risk detection / management position. This training is provided by personnel from the National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC), a component of the U.S. Secret Service. The NTAC conducts research, training and consultation on threat assessment and the prevention of targeted violence.

This four hour block will address the following topics:

  • Identifying potential threats and students who may be exhibiting concerning behaviors
  • Investigating and gathering information on the background and behaviors of concerning students
  • Assessing whether students pose a threat of violence or other harmful behavior
  • Developing risk management strategies and interventions
  • Interactive case studies

This is not training on responding to an active shooter situation

Seating and space for this training is limited.

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