The Evidence-Base


 

100% OF TRAINEES REPORT THESE OBSERVATION & THREAT ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES WILL HELP THEM COMPLETE THEIR MISSION.

 

 

Course Assessments

A mix of South American and US law enforcement personnel have been trained on course techniques.  Across five deliveries to Uruguayan military personnel preparing for deployment to peace operations, 100% of all course attendees agreed that the skills they learned support their ability to do their job.  This finding is important considering the broad experience base of the attendees: 42% of trainees had 16 or more years of military experience and, 74% had prior mission experience. 

In deliveries to domestic (US) police personnel: 100% of trainees agreed or strongly agreed the material would assist them in their mission; 100% of trainees felt better prepared to use behavior to identify a suspicious person, and 100% agreed that they were provided new tools to articulate reasonable suspicion. It is important to note that the majority of those trained were tactical and defensive tactics instructors.

 

Skills Testing - Experienced Military & Police Personnel

In a sample of military and police personnel, pre-and post-training skill tests reveal a significant improvement in observation skills. These pre-and post-tests are observation tasks which involve watching a video scene and identifying a threatening or suspicious person. A task at which law enforcement and military personnel should excel. However, in both groups, only 5% of course attendees successfully identified a person of interest in the pre-test at the start of the course. After training, 50% of course attendees successfully identified the person of interest.

  BEFORE TRAINING - 5% OF TRAINEES SUCCESSFULLY IDENTIFIED THE SUSPICIOUS PERSON.

BEFORE TRAINING - 5% OF TRAINEES SUCCESSFULLY IDENTIFIED THE SUSPICIOUS PERSON.

  AFTER TRAINING - 50% OF TRAINEES SUCCESSFULLY IDENTIFIED THE SUSPICIOUS PERSON. 

AFTER TRAINING - 50% OF TRAINEES SUCCESSFULLY IDENTIFIED THE SUSPICIOUS PERSON. 

This improvement is impressive and shows that observation is a learned skill that improves with a systematic approach and practice. It is also important to note, in the post-tests even observers who did not correctly identify the person of interest were more likely to ignore individuals who were not a threat and focus on those who were showing suspicious behavior. Overall, trainees have an increased ability to filter a threat from a crowd of people.

 

Skill Testing - Police Recruits

In a sample of police recruits, pre-and post-training tests also revealed a significant improvement in observation skills. In this sample of 40 recruits, 10% successfully identified a person of interest in the pre-test at the start of the course. After training, 71% of course recruits successfully identified the person of interest. This improvement is impressive and shows that observation is a learned skill that improves with a systematic approach and practice. 

  BEFORE TRAINING - 10%  OF RECRUITS SUCCESSFULLY IDENTIFIED THE SUSPICIOUS PERSON. 

BEFORE TRAINING - 10%OF RECRUITS SUCCESSFULLY IDENTIFIED THE SUSPICIOUS PERSON. 

  AFTER TRAINING - 71% OF RECRUITS SUCCESSFULLY IDENTIFIED THE SUSPICIOUS PERSON. 

AFTER TRAINING - 71% OF RECRUITS SUCCESSFULLY IDENTIFIED THE SUSPICIOUS PERSON. 

It is also important to note, in the post-tests even observers who did not correctly identify the person of interest were more likely to ignore individuals who were not a threat and focus on those who were showing suspicious behavior. Overall, these recruits had an increased ability to filter a threat from a crowd of people.