We recently released a suite of new features for our learning management system. Among these new features was the Skills Checklist, which allows training administrators to create a checklist to assess an employee’s proficiency at completing a specific task.

 

Why this matters

The whole point of training your officers is so they can perform their duties at the highest possible level. To ensure they absorbed the necessary information, there needs to be a demonstration of what was learned—that’s the most effective way to prove the training provided was valuable.

The skills checklist allows you to assess staff through a meticulous, step-by-step process; where each part of the task must be completed properly for an officer to prove competency.

 

How can I use this for my agency?

I recently spoke with Sgt. David Oster at Pennington County Sheriff’s Office in South Dakota. When I asked him about the practical use of the skills checklist in his organization, he explained that:

“There’s two parts to the job: There’s the part of the job where officers have to use their discretion and make decisions based on what’s happening at any moment in time—but then there’s the other part which is very much task-specific. That’s where we want people, day in day out, to do things the same way.”

The task-oriented parts of an officer’s job are where a skills checklist can help foster an environment of competency and consistency.

 

Practical Examples of where to use a skills checklist

Some tasks where the use of a skills checklist would be appropriate include:

  • Using an SCBA in a fire safety incident
  • Proper use of a fire extinguisher
  • Proper medication administration
  • Pat or cell searches

 

To learn more about how other organizations are testing officers’ skills in specific tasks:

Read the full Q and A with Sgt. Oster – which describes how Pennington County Sheriff’s Office is rolling out skill assessments to their officers and staff.