The value of scenario-based training

The dynamics of scenario-based training provide a rich, comprehensive learning environment that allow students to retain approximately twice as much practical knowledge over traditional lecture-style learning.  AACIS brings scenario-based training to animal control and cruelty investigations in a way that develops strong decision-making skills that are based on a balance of officer safety, legal authority, and crime scene preservation.  The result  is a stress inoculated officer that can make better decisions and conduct a thorough, professional investigation.

The dynamics of scenario-based training provide a rich, comprehensive learning environment that allow students to retain approximately twice as much practical knowledge over traditional lecture-style learning.  AACIS brings scenario-based training to animal control and cruelty investigations in a way that develops strong decision-making skills that are based on a balance of officer safety, legal authority, and crime scene preservation.  The result  is a stress inoculated officer that can make better decisions and conduct a thorough, professional investigation.

This training is a scenario-based approach to training animal control officers and animal cruelty investigators. It emphasizes the development of critical thinking and resource management skills, rather than solely on traditional knowledge-based learning. The goal of this training philosophy is the accelerated acquisition of higher-level decision-making skills. Such skills are necessary to prevent officer injuries, preserve crime scenes, and limit civil liability.

Our training goals are:

  • Higher Order thinking Skills
  • On-Scene Decision Making
  • Situational Awareness
  • Crime Recognition
  • Task Competence
  • Risk Management

AACIS techniques use the same individual tasks that are found in traditional law enforcement training, but script them into scenarios that mimic real-life investigations. By emphasizing the goals of officer safety and attention to detail, the investigator correlates the importance of his or her individual decisions to a safe and thorough investigation completion.  In addition, the instructors continuously interject “What If?” discussions as a means to provide the student with increased exposure to proper decision-making.  Because the “What If?” discussions are in reference to the scenario, there is a clear connection between decisions made and the final outcome.  The “What If?” discussions are designed to accelerate the development of decision-making skills by posing situations for the student to consider.  Research has always shown that these types of discussion help build judgement and offset low experience.

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