JPL and the Municipal Police Officers Education & Training Commission (MPOETC) were recently honored for video-based training to help officers respond to people with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. The video, part of a mandatory eLearning course, “Invisible Wounds,” captured a Bronze Telly Award for Internet/Online Training Programs.
To teach officers how to interact with citizens suffering from traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder, MPOETC and JPL knew the officers needed to see and hear different scenarios that simulate real on-the-job experiences.
Using real police officers from nearby Derry Township, the video provides a scenario that includes three alternate endings. The endings vary based on the choices made by the officer taking the course. “We used a storytelling approach to immerse officers into the scenario, and then asked them to choose how they would respond. This gave officers a safe environment to explore each course of action, and the potential impact each response could have on the situation ,” said JPL Project Manager/Instructional Designer Angeline Usewicz.
“The Commission is proud to partner with JPL and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association to bring the very best in police training Pennsylvania police officers. By completing this in-service training course, Pennsylvania police officers learned how to work with citizens who may have a traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder, which is an especially timely topic,” said Rudy Grubesky, director of training and curriculum development at the Municipal Police Officers’ Education & Training Commission.
JPL works with MPOETC and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association to create interactive eLearning courses to train approximately 23,000 municipal officers across the state.