Second Conference on Innovations in Law Enforcement Training and Education

September 21 - 22, 2023

Online Only, United States of America


The Conference on Innovations in Law Enforcement Training and Education allows experts in the field to collaborate and form alliances as they share, analyze, and assess the training and learning environments and methods used in modern law enforcement. This is the inaugural conference for what we hope will become an annual event. The conference will focus on the role of technology in law enforcement training and education. In the aftermath of the Covid pandemic, this year’s conference will be online-only. Plenary sessions will be synchronous, but also recorded for asynchronous engagement. Instructors, experts, law enforcement leaders, and researchers are encouraged to submit proposals for pre-recorded, asynchronous sessions.


Scope and Concerns


Law enforcement is a profession that is critical to the security and safety of every citizen of our society. The leadership of the institutions that train law enforcement officers and the learning designs that are used in these institutions are pivotal to strengthening law enforcement practices, today and in the future.


This research network addresses the education and training needs of the law enforcement profession in the context of the many challenges facing the profession and the ever-changing social environment in which law enforcement professionals must work. It is designed for law enforcement educators, trainers and leaders, and law enforcement professionals aspiring to transition in their career to become leaders in training and organizational learning. Its focus is on success narratives, where participants in the research network document and analyze their experiences and/or the experiences of others in case studies of successful law enforcement training and education strategies and tactics from the US or around the world.


Conference Themes


Theme 1: Expanding the Methods and Media of Instruction in Law Enforcement Education and Training


·       Innovative delivery modes: blended and remote learning

·       Ubiquitous learning: pre-training, during training, post-training

·       Current trends and future directions for e-learning in law enforcement education and training

·       Continuous feedback and formative assessment using learning management systems

·       Learning analytics: measuring the effectiveness of teaching and learning

·       Strategies for cognitive, psychomotor and socio-emotional learning

·       Differentiated instruction for diverse groups of learners

·       Self-paced and individualized instruction in in-person, blended or remote, and synchronous or asynchronous learning

·       Recognition of prior learning

·       Documenting and evaluating in-practice applications of learning

·       Law enforcement as mutual learning and dialogue in diverse communities

·       Simulation and gamification in law enforcement training

·       Artificial and virtual reality in law enforcement training

·       e-Learning ecologies: reach, efficiency, and effectiveness


Theme 2: Teaching and Learning Innovative Professional Practices in Law Enforcement

·       Current theories and practices of adult and professional learning, and how these apply to law enforcement education and training

·       Learner- and community-centered approaches to law enforcement training and education

·       Learner diversity, differentiated instruction, and learner engagement

·       Learning and teaching the value of community development & engagement while being proactive ambassadors for philanthropy and positive interactions

·       Program evaluation methods and strategies

·       Scenario-based learning

·       Learning-in-context and work-embedded learning

·       Balancing cognitive, psychomotor and socio-emotional learning in police training and development

·       Learning resilience and wellness strategies in stressful working conditions

·       Developing effective approaches to reducing tension and enhancing social cohesion in the face of social division and conflict

·       Learning professional ethics and the discretionary exercise of power

·       Race, gender, ethnicity, disability, material inequality, and other dimensions of diversity in law enforcement education, training and practice

·       Learning and embracing the appropriate language or approaches to cultural appreciation (for example: use of pronouns, spelling or annunciation of someone's name)

·       Law enforcement leaders as learners, mentors and teachers

·       Learning metacognition and mindfulness, from theory to practice

·       Law enforcement organizations, knowledge management and organizational learning

·       Training the trainer: models and practices

·       In-service professional learning and career development

·       Program evaluation for law enforcement education and training

Theme 3: Teaching and Learning New and Emerging Technologies in Support of Law Enforcement

·       Effective training practices for communication interfaces and inter-practice dialogues: emergency response, emergency responders, and emergency services

·       Teaching the emerging technologies of responder communications

·       Scenario-driven instruction for the changing sources of evidence: body cameras, digital surveillance systems, data sources and data analytics

·       Learning practices for data-driven and predictive law enforcement

·       Using the profiling of crime as instructional methods: balances and biases in citizen information systems

·       Teaching the basics of technology-mediated crime: cyber, virtual, and financial crimes