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Welcome to the National Public Safety Partnership’s
Virtual Academy!

In an effort to deliver meaningful and effective resources to PSP sites and beyond, the PSP team, in collaboration with leading law enforcement experts and practitioners, has developed interactive, virtual courses on law enforcement topics identified to be of great importance and shared interest to PSP network-wide and beyond. These courses are available nationwide to requesting law enforcement professionals.

If you are a law enforcement professional and are interested in taking any of these virtual courses, please click the “request more information here” button above for more information. In addition to the request button on this page, interested law enforcement agencies may also contact their Strategic Site Liaison (if applicable) to request agency-wide access.

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National Public Safety Partnership Virtual Crime Fighters Academy
Leadership Strategies:  
Building Effective Leaders to Impact Violence Reduction

Law enforcement leaders often confront a politically charged environment and must be prepared to navigate the hurdles they will face, both internally and externally, to motivate and empower their personnel.

This training provides law enforcement executives, line-level supervisors, and commanders with tools to develop their leadership mindsets and self-assess their capacities to navigate challenges while implementing the organizational change often associated with violence reduction strategies.

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Crime S.C.E.N.E. Excellence:
Navigating the Initial Response to a Violent Crime Scene

Numerous assessments across the PSP network have demonstrated that critical steps needed to begin a successful violent crime investigation may be overlooked during the initial response to the crime scene.

This course highlights the tools and best practices first responders need to consider to successfully manage violent crime scenes. Topics include initial response; officer demeanor and empathy; properly securing and controlling scenes; providing initial medical attention; securing and separating victims, witnesses, and bystanders; evidence considerations; note taking; notifications; neighborhood canvassing; scene briefings; and the importance of excellent report writing.

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Law Enforcement Guide to Crime Guns

The initial recovery and identification of a crime gun is one of the most important steps in any investigation. This step is even more critical for agencies whose communities are experiencing high incidences of violent gun crime or are expanding their utilization of crime gun intelligence.

These firearms provide valuable investigative leads and are subsequently scrutinized during all aspects of the investigation that follow the recovery. Despite the importance of this initial step, firearms are frequently misidentified, leading to missed opportunities for lead development, case connection, and successful prosecution.

This training, which was developed in close collaboration with ATF, provides an overview of crime guns and firearm identification to enhance officers’ and agencies’ capacities to correctly recover and identify crime guns.