Police & Public Safety Officers

Police and Public Safety Officers

For police and public safety officers, 2 The Rescue provides hands-on training that’s second to none and exceeds expectations. Assaults, vehicle crashes, being struck by vehicles and stress are among the most significant hazards police officers face today, according to Safety and Health Protection Efforts in the Police Service by Tom LaTourrette, Ph.D., as published in The Police Chief magazine. Assaults (38%) and vehicle crashes (37%) accounted for the majority of fatal injuries, while driving (16%), traffic stops and traffic-related activities (11%) accounted for most non-fatal injuries.

These factors help explain why in a study of the Buffalo, New York police department, the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health concluded the daily stress faced by police offers puts them at a considerably higher risk for various long-term physical and mental health effects when compared to those in the general population.

Given these ever-present chances of assault, vehicular injury and stress, 2 The Rescue has created courses that can help police officers minimize their risks, enhance their safety and manage their emotional wellness – all while improving the efficiency with which they perform their duties.

Accident Scene Safety & Traffic Control

A combination of classroom learnings and hands-on training, this 2 The Rescue course helps police officers learn the legal requirements for scene control according to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), OSHA and DOT regulations.

Active Shooter, Threat Assessment & Communication Skills

Client specific for adaptation to the specific needs of police and public safety officers, these seminars and scenario-based training from 2 The Rescue promote effective employee skills to improve situational security. They also enhance personnel safety when dealing with agitated or unmanageable individuals or groups in office settings, public forums and street environments. Approved by MCOLES, these comprehensive courses explore proven techniques of awareness and recognition that emphasize de-escalation, avoidance over confrontation and how to respond. Courses can be taken individually or in combination.

Emergency Response Liability & Advanced Driving Strategies

This advanced driver’s training program from 2 The Rescue adheres to your organization’s practices as it meets or exceeds legal statutes of the State of Michigan. The course’s training methods are designed to change your vehicle operator attitudes and modify their driving behaviors in non-emergency, emergency and pursuit operations to help ensure safe, legal and efficient responses in all situations.

Emotional Wellness & Career Survival

  1. Zero to 60: The adrenaline dump – Managing the day-to-day exposures
  2. 60 to 100: Loss of control – Recognizing PTSD, suicide & high risk behaviors | Advanced Training

These highly topical and important seminars from 2 The Rescue are tailored to the specific needs of police and public safety officers – addressing not only your emergency responders but also their loved ones on issues that are destroying relationships, careers and lives at alarming rates. Among these workers, stress and overexertion are the leading causes of death. In addition, consistently high rates of alcoholism, divorces and domestic violence negatively affect themselves, their spouses and families to say nothing of their co-workers, on-the-job efficiency or career prospects.

Approved by MCOLES, the State of Michigan’s 911 Dispatcher Training Committee and Michigan EMS Continuing Education, this 2 The Rescue training will instruct through real-life examples how the inability to manage the cumulative stress from daily exposures to trauma and adrenaline affects the way we act. It also is directly related to our safety, decision making and capacity to remain ethically solid as individuals and organizations.

Through this training, emergency responders can gain the ability to manage the daily stressors and significantly reduce their risks of abusive behaviors, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide.

Tactical Accident Avoidance

An advanced “behind-the-wheel” course on vehicle operations, this class from 2 The Rescue demonstrates vehicle dynamics and accident avoidance techniques with minimal wear-and-tear on vehicles. This is not a vehicle-handling familiarization or “around-the-cones” course, but one that covers driving techniques that most police officers have not experienced previously. Participants learn (or refresh) skills that can avoid accidents, prevent injuries and save lives while minimizing or eliminating vehicle damage.


“Gentlemen ~  I would like to thank you for putting together the session last evening.  It was very informative and, and I believe, invaluable to us as parents of future officers.  You all did a fantastic job of painting a picture of what to expect and, also, what to be on the lookout for.  I appreciate your candor in opening up your personal experiences to strangers.  While that is always a difficult thing to do, I feel it was invaluable in this instance.  I’m pleased to know that changes are taking place and progress is being made in recognizing that mental stability and wellbeing can be affected. But that it can be dealt with, does not have to initiate a stigma that damages a person’s career. Heartfelt appreciation to all of you.”  Pam DeJong Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

“I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed the training. You and Mike are saving lives, saving relationships, and preventing substance abuse with every presentation. Every public safety employee should attend this valuable training. I admire the courage and forthright nature by which you tell your personal story to bring home the importance of emotional wellness for first responders.” Daniel J. Mills, Senior Deputy Police & Fire Chief, Portage, MI

“I attended your workshop last night and I didn’t get a chance to thank you for sharing your vulnerability with us. It provided an extra component to the training that is invaluable. I came as a support person for my husband. I am not a first responder. I have been a medical oncology nurse and a sexual assault nurse examiner for 11 years & just recently within the past year started staffing the child abuse clinic at Bronson. My exposure to trauma is different than that of EMS, Law Enforcement, Firefighter. Even so, I have noticed some of the coping mechanisms and personality traits that you discussed surface throughout my own career. Your tips and tricks for relationship strengthening for those unable to make decisions and those drained of emotion are spot on. I found it VERY helpful my personal use and for application when being a supportive wife. Thanks again. Keep up the Good Work!” Sherri Khillah, Nurse and Responder Wife, Kalamazoo, MI

“A great chance to take the time and internally reflect on how we need to continually remind ourselves that our emotional well-being is as important to our survival as maintaining our tactical skills.” Greg L. – Deputy Director, Walker Police Department, Walker, MI

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart. For your persistence on bringing this program in to us! I can’t even explain how much this has impacted my self and family. There have been so many things that I have experienced throughout my life that have been explained from this. I hope we can have the opportunity again in the future to go through this program and include more family because these issues are really far reaching.That’s a home run in my book.”  Captain Foulke, Pittsfield Township Fire Department, Pittsfield, MI

“Much needed and long overdue training. Hit home and the heart. Quite possibly one of the best trainings we have had.”  19 Year Police Veteran

“This is a very important issue that we need to continue to improve at.”  29 Year Police Sergeant

“Best training in a while!”  25 Year Police Veteran

“Great Training! Refreshing to have a training like this.”  22 year Police Veteran

“Excellent! This has been a long time coming.”  25 Year Police Sergeant

“One of the best training presentations I have ever been through in my career.”  19 Year Police Veteran