Some of my projects are (way) outside the law enforcement profession. But, I'm back involved now and looking to get back to work on the Officer Down project ASAP.
WHAT IS THAT MONSTROSITY IN THE PICTURE? It's a dream coming true, my friends. All this month, I've been hard at work on developing the online scenario-based training dream I have had for the past few years. I've tried out a number of tools in the past three years, but had no luck moving forward. I finally found a good fit with INKLE, a UK-based company. INKLE is geared towards authors and brings a seamless, "choose your own adventure" kind of feel to the training environment. Especially for younger generations of police officers-- those awesome, tech-savvy Millennials and their video-game-playing friends (that includes me)-- the online, branching platform will be useful and reach them like never before.
In testing the system myself, I found that I remembered more about the incidents and dilemmas presented than I would if I just read my books. One tester reported it was a little bit more like they were "there" with the officer. Or, that they "were the officer". That's exactly the feel I am looking for. I'm not trying to build a no-win system with Officer Down (BETA). I'm trying to reward good choices and offer those gentle reminders when you start to (or do) make bad choices.
Have you had a chance to check out the online training on this site yet? Go to the Train Online tab and visit for yourself. Make the decisions and see how you do. It's not easy! Then, please do me a huge favor and complete the survey when you are done. For a limited time, the online training is free and unlocked for anyone who wants to try it out. I'm grateful for the feedback.