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LEO Training

Effective Policing Skills and Tactics
  • January 9, 2023
  • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Merle Elliott Conference Center at Hagerstown Community College
    11400 Robinwood Drive
    Hagerstown, MD 21742


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This course is the down and dirty, deep-dive into advanced street level proactive policing skills and tactics. This course provides the tools and the game plan to the attendee, so they leave at the end of the day and can be an effective police officer against the criminal element, every single shift. The skills and tactics taught here are universal in police work across the country, focusing on elements of criminal behavior that exist everywhere.

During the course, the attendee will gain a strong understanding of two of the most critical concepts related to reaction-based policing, verbal and non-verbal distancing behaviors. If there is one thing the attendee takes away from the course, it is the understanding of this concept as it happens before them in real time. Throughout the entire 8 hours, the attendee will engage in rapid-fire analysis and discussion of both in-car and body-worn video camera footage as it relates to successful proactive policing tactics. This will act as a virtual field-training session, providing mental repetitions to the attendee to help become versed in behavior changes by the suspect as they react to police presence in real-time and throughout encounters. The instructor will present the attendees with several, high-risk, critical actions that are at times displayed by the suspect. The attendee will develop problem-solving skills and learn to create contingency plans that they can take with them and continue to build on the rest of their career. This will instill confidence in the attendee, making them feel prepared to dominate encounters and work through higher-risk actions as they come across them.

During the course, the instructor will break down the elements of successful setups while operating a marked unit. Both fixed-setups and roving patrol concepts will be discussed. Not only will the attendee return to their agency with applicable setups, but they will also become versed in target selection and development in a way that will greatly increase the quality of arrests they make upon return to shift. Employing proactive policing skills is inherently more dangerous in nature. To prepare for this, the attendee will be exposed to officer-safety tactics and be provided with plans-of-action for safely controlling stops from start to finish. During the second half of the day, the instructor will provide a step-by-step process for navigating through successfully gaining admissions of PC, consent to search, and how to follow-through when consent is denied. The attendee will learn the importance of recognizing stress indicators and pacifying behaviors in successful proactive policing. Attendees will be exposed to the tactic of perception field-craft and how critical it is for an officer to employ when dealing with subjects at all level for officer safety.

At the end of the course, the attendee will have gained a new-found confidence and skill set, allowing them to become multidimensional in the types of crime they interrupt, reaching their full potential as a proactive officer.


Craig Meyer

Instructor Craig Meyer began his police career in 2013 in the state of New Jersey. He began as a police officer with the two municipalities for the first few years of his career. From there, he transferred to a city police department where he continues to employ the same proactive police tactics that Street Cop Training was founded upon. After a few years at his current agency, he was promoted to a Patrol Sergeant Position. Craig has also since taken on the roles of Field Training Coordinator and SWAT Team Leader. Craig is no stranger to Street Cop Training as he took his first class in 2014 with Dennis. This lit the fire in Craig and he in turn ran with it and proceeded to have much success, passing the tools of the trade on to many other officers as time went on.

As a police officer, Craig has affected countless proactive arrests during the course of motor vehicle stops, pedestrian stops, consensual encounters, foot patrols, and bicycle stops. As a sergeant he continues to make time to go out, working the streets with his team, and successfully employing the same tactics he is teaching others in this course. He does not preach tactics that he himself is not also doing each day. Craig is known for his teaching of the “WHY” behind the human behaviors he is teaching cops to look for that lead to quality arrests as well as his perception management school of thought for officer survivability during encounters. What he is most known for though is what he refers to as “The Dying Art” which is what he refers to as proactive foot patrol.

Craig stands behind his “lead from the front” mentality as a supervisor, prioritizes developing his people and believes in fulfilling his greater purpose of helping officers all over the country achieve success in employing proactive policing tactics. This course is essential whether you are just getting out of the academy and picking up new tools or have been on the street for several years and are sharpening the ones you already have.


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