ThinBlueOnLine.com provides a structured practice platform that builds verbal proficiency skills across your entire department. We offer a patented learning approach that lets your officers learn faster and retain longer through engaging self-study practice sessions. We take the effectiveness of simulator-based training and make it practical and affordable for building skills in the wide variety of everyday police work.
Law Enforcement Officers employ a wide variety of tools. These include a sidearm, radio, handcuffs, taser, baton, and many more. Yet there is one tool that is used more often than any other. This tool, when used properly, can de-escalate most tense situations. And when used improperly, it can lead to violence, injury, and even death. That tool is YOUR VOICE.
Your voice, when used properly, can make all the difference. But it must be used properly, and the natural ability to use it properly every time comes down to a set of skills. So how do you get those skills?
A great way to build skills is through experience. The more encounters that you work through, the more skills you develop. You can develop some skills by observing role models, but real learning only happens when you practice those skills yourself.
Think about how you learned to use your sidearm. Yes, you learned technique in advance. And you learned by watching others demonstrate solid skills. But the only way that you can personally build skills is by doing it yourself.
Obviously, you don’t use your sidearm enough on patrol to effectively build solid skills with it. And, most likely, when you are using your sidearm on patrol, the odds are that you are concentrating on the tactical situation, and not thinking about improvements to your technique at that time.
In order to get enough experience, and to really be able to concentrate on technique, you built your skills through practice, in a safe environment. When you wanted to test your skills in action, you went into a simulator to see how you did. You looked at your results, took notes, and worked on making improvements.
The exact same technique can be employed to develop verbal skills, just like you built skills in using your sidearm. And as a police officer you are likely to be using your voice a lot more – every single day, in fact – than you will ever use your sidearm!
You need to practice using your voice in a simulator, because when you use your voice properly it can save lives on both sides of the badge.
What Departments are saying about ThinBlueOnline.com
“Fantastic product that places officers in a proper mindset and promotes stress inoculation and competence in responding to varied situations. Their product allows reference points to be retrieved in the field to walk them to a successful resolution from previous exposure in the simulations. Experience from reference points. Having the ability to expose inexperienced officers to infrequent occurrences low frequency high risk and giving them performance feed back and coaching from the avatar simulations is well worth the investment. Fantastic tool.”
– Chief Garland Wolf, Red Oak, TX PD
“ThinBlueOnline is an important component with assisting our people understand that de-escalation is a skill built through practice, not just a class they attend. We have already experienced proven success with this e-learning program. Hours after our officers conducted one of their online training scenarios, they faced the similar situation in real life, a man with a knife threatening to kill himself. The team was made up of rookie officers and they utilized techniques offered in the ThinBlueOnline training to help bring this situation to a positive and peaceful resolution.”
– Chief Gang, Pinole, CA PD
“I am extremely impressed with your leadership team and product. Having worked in the criminal justice system for over 45 years, I have developed and reviewed quality training materials. As the former Assistant Director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center [FLETC], and warden of many correctional institutions, I know the value in training. Your de-escalation materials are structured and provide exceptional direction for those involved in many areas of the criminal justice system. Keep up the good work.”
– Bob Hood, Warden (Ret.), United States “Supermax” Penitentiary in Colorado