Andrew Jay here. I just got back from a quick trip to Thunder Bay, Ontario, my old stomping grounds from when I was a fledgling officer just learning the ropes of the in’s and out’s of the detailed stickiness that is a homicide investigation. While there enjoying wings and beer at a few local establishments I came across this article from the CBC news that seemed to be eating away at some of the local population both police and civilian alike. Just from reading the article, which you can find here, I made some immediate observations just from the print on the paper.
Let me stress, I was not there for this session, so I make no judgements on both the police and the facilitator. I question the article, teaching method, and submit some ideas for consideration.
The opening paragraph states: “verbally assaulted”. Being there is no such crime as verbal assault, I take this to mean insulted, put down, made to feel inferior, being hurt by words. Any of this, is of course, wrong. I see nothing that validates this by specifics.
“The city trains local volunteers who are paid an honorarium to train to conduct training sessions for all city staff, including first responders such as police.” This brings into account being able to train in the realm of ‘adult learning’, rather than just talking to adults about a subject. Teaching adults about something is vastly different from teaching children. Adults will fall asleep or lose interest in minutes if a facilitator is not properly trained to handle the adult brain, let alone the cop brain. A cop brain is wired differently and if you are not sure what I mean, read Blood, Wings and Whiskey. I myself, have spun in my chair, oozed downward into a gelatinous blob from being bored out of my skull from a dry facilitator that is just regurgitating what they have been told to tell me. Snoozer. Not saying this happened here, again food for thought. I truly believe the facilitator felt wronged but I cannot read this article and point my finger at anyone. I know the adult brain, I know the cop brain, inside and out. The best trainer for this type of sensitive issue is one that can teach, entertain and know how to keep the attention of both adults and cops alike. This is a skill one cannot gain in a ‘city training session paid by honorarium’. This specialized trainer, assisted by a facilitator can get the job done.
“Officers accused her of lying about the statistics and asked her for proof of differential treatment…that is when she shut down the session.” I certainly disagree with anyone being accused of lying about any statistics they present, but there is nothing, did I say nothing, wrong with asking for statistics to be validated. “I hear you are saying that there is an unprecedented bias on how the way police treat (insert race here), what studies were done and how were these statistics gathered? Do you have any other statistics such as (insert race on race here), or just statistics on police? These are fair questions and the above specialized trainer is ready for this, because they can anticipate such queries from the rank and file.
So, the recipe for success in teaching cops is preparedness. Their brains are different, and that has been scientifically proven ladies and gentlemen by Dr. Kevin Gilmartin. Don’t just walk into a room of cops with a preprinted teaching manual, you will lose.
Anyway, one place for a good feed of chicken wings is Chicago Joes on Arthur Street. I’m not jumping for joy, as Thunder Bay didn’t seem to be big on variety for us wing lovers, but they had a Ghost Pepper sauce that made me sweat like a nervous virgin about to get his first…never mind, just try them. They also had a MooseHead Radler which was quite tasty.
More, or should I say ‘Mores’, coming on my next post.