October 17, 2019

CYCLE Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer enables departments to more widely teach the CYCLE techniques that work to bring law enforcement and youth together

The Fight Crime: Invest in Kids - Police Training Institute offers a Connecting Youth & Communities with Law Enforcement (CYCLE) - Train the Trainer. The CYCLE training program has been successful with law enforcement agencies around the country, bridging the gap between law enforcement and community youth. The training focuses on high level topics such as Adolescent Brain Development, Informed Response to Trauma, De-escalation, Implicit Bias, and others.

The Train the Trainer course is 40 hours over five days and is offered free of charge to all attendees.* Attendance is open to sworn law enforcement officers, employees of law enforcement agencies, and law enforcement trainers. Ideal for law enforcement officers and trainers who embrace creating healthy and safe communities through proactive training, the Train the Trainer enables departments to more widely teach the CYCLE techniques that work to bring law enforcement and youth together, reducing high risk encounters and increasing officer safety.

Officers attending the Train the Trainer course will participate in a training program that prepares them to train law enforcement officers, as well as conduct listening sessions, town hall meetings, and youth engagement activities, including role play scenarios with law enforcement and youth. Attendees will also get a great introduction or refresher on facilitation and instructor skills.

Officers will learn how to teach/conduct the following components of the CYCLE program:

Law Enforcement Course Modules

  • Module I – Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement - Addresses contemporary issues in law enforcement as related to youth of color.
  • Module II – Listening Skills - Assesses current listening skills, discusses why engaged listening is critical to law enforcement, and offers opportunity to practice specific skills.
  • Module III – Implicit Bias - Enables law enforcement to understand the impact that biases have on everyday life, including how bias impacts the criminal justice system.
  • Module IV – Adolescent Brain Development - Provides information on how the brain develops and why youth tend to take more risks and participate in reckless activities.
  • Module V – De-escalation - Defines de-escalation, discusses its effectiveness, and offers strategies on how to use in interactions with juveniles versus adults.
  • Module VI – Trauma-Informed Responses - Addresses the impact of trauma, from understanding of the nature of trauma to the consequences from exposure to trauma.
  • Module VII – Building Rapport - Learn how building rapport can help both the community and the law enforcement agency over the long term.
  • Module VIII – Scenario Role Play - Foster a good foundation for police-youth engagement and interaction through application of knowledge gained in the classroom.
  • Youth Engagement Instruction - Age-appropriate modules on self de-escalation, effective interactions, implicit bias, and youth brain development.
  • Facilitation Skills - Learn how to teach the CYCLE Program in its entirety, including addressing common facilitator concerns like public speaking anxiety.
  • Listening Sessions - Learn the importance of and how to conduct Listening Sessions with the youth in the community.
  • Town Hall - Learn the importance of and how to conduct a Town Hall with law enforcement, youth, and community members.

If you are interested in sending officers to a CYCLE Train the Trainer, please contact Deputy Director Dr. Heather Silvio at hsilvio@fightcrime.org.


*Note: This training is provided free of charge for law enforcement. Agencies who would like to send officers may use their Equitable Sharing (Federal Asset Forfeiture) funds to pay for travel, lodging, and per diem. Specific guidelines on appropriate use of equitable sharing funds can be found in the U.S. Department of Justice, Guide to Equitable Sharing for State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies publication dated July 2018. Section V, B. Use of Funds, 1. Permissible Uses, page 14. See: https://www.justice.gov/criminal-afmls/file/794696/download.

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