trainees, TESTIMONIALS. & Evidence base
Organizational Training Partners
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department*
North Carolina State Highway Patrol*
Rotterdam (NY) Police Department
Scotia (NY) Police Department /
Schenectady (NY) Police Department
SUNY Cobleskill Police Department
Armed Forces of Uruguay*
New York State Zone 5 Police Academy (Recruits).
SUNY Adirondack Police Department
Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office
* Trained under the auspices of the JDLR Project.
At Second Sight Training Systems, we are proud of the relationships we have forged with law enforcement and military professionals around the globe. Hundreds of police and military personnel have been trained in the systematic observation and assessment of threat through our instructor-led and online courses. These practitioners include recruits, seasoned police officers, investigators, supervisors and (through the JDLR project) military personnel deployed to peacekeeping operations in Congo, Haiti, and the Sinai.
11 Years of Experience
"I just wanted to take a minute to share a quick story with you about your training. I am a Police Sergeant with about 11 years on the job. I recently completed your online Threat Assessment training. This was the second time I took this course, the first was classroom instruction about a year ago.
Shortly (days) after completing the online training I was working my shift when a call for shots fired was dispatched. I was working in the station at the time and immediately responded to our camera room to see if anything was captured. While reviewing video, I immediately picked up on a group of three individuals, two of which were showing numerous indicators of gun carrying. One of the males was showing Disrupted Stride, Repositioning of the Gun and Picking while the second male was showing a Dead-Arm Swing and Security Feel. As I continued to watch the video, it actually showed the males displaying weapons and one actually fired it.
It was pretty amazing to see how blatant these indicators were when I realized what I was seeing.
Thanks for a great class and, like I said, it really works."
30 Years of Experience
As a Detective Sergeant with 30 years of Police service, I firmly believe that my personal ability to assess threats has measurably improved. The training you have provided me has added a new dimension to my already skilled eye.
Chief of Police
I have known Nate (Nathan) Meehan since he was a crime analyst and I was a patrol sergeant. I have known the rest of the team at Second Sight (Peter Forth and Chris Strange) even longer. Nate went to work for the Department of Defense in Washington DC, and I eventually became Chief of Police. Members of my department were then able to get involved in some of the original research conducted by Dr. Meehan and his team and received some training in the observation and threat assessment techniques developed from this research. This proved valuable in our efforts to reduce crime.
Last year, Second Sight came to me and said that they had developed an online training program and that they could train my entire department in systematic observation and threat assessment. Based on my trust in the Second Sight team and my understanding of their assessment techniques, I signed up my entire (164 sworn) department.
Now, all of my personnel are getting research-based and incredibly relevant training. Even better, because online instruction is inexpensive compared to instructor-led, I can apply more resources to other training needs. My officers are still going through the online training, but their feedback has been good so far. Second Sight is also receptive to their input and has quickly addressed any problems that occurred.
My officers are learning to more systematically observe their environments, assess threats, and articulate what they see. These skills are essential for police officers to protect themselves and the public. I highly recommend that you work with Second Sight and get this training for your officers too.
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 instructor-led 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.
Our online courses receive are also overwhelmingly positive reviews: 97% of trainees agree will assist them in their mission, 97% agree that they are better prepared to use visual behavior to identify a suspicious person, and 97% agree that the program provided new tools to help them articulate Reasonable Suspicion.
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.
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.
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.