Child Passenger Safety Courses 2003-2004
Operation Kids - Law Enforcement

Intended Audience: Law enforcement administrators and officers

Program Focus: This program was developed to encourage law enforcement administrators and officers to actively promote child passenger safety through enforcement and community education. It promotes the need for officers to take a more active role in extending their agency's enforcement guidelines and strategies to include child passenger safety. The program includes separate sessions for law enforcement administrators and officers. The officer training is especially relevant for officers who interact with parents and children on a regular basis. Note: National certification is not available for this course.

Program Length: Operation Kids training is offered in a four-hour format for administrators and an eight-hour and two-day format for officers.

Course for Administrators - The four-hour course is designed to increase awareness of the need for and the benefits of promoting child passenger safety. Course content focuses on ways to enhance child passenger safety enforcement and develop community CPS programs. Participants learn how to be more effective CPS advocates and how to access local and national resources.

Course for Officers - The eight-hour course provides officers with a general overview of child passenger safety issues (including the need for enforcement), injury prevention, and the correct use and installation of child restraint systems. Officers gain a strong understanding of the importance of child restraint use and their role as community advocates. The course does not, however, provide extensive hands-on activities on the correct use and installation of child restraint systems.

Course for Officers - The two-day course covers the basics of injury prevention, information on the compatibility of child safety seats and vehicles, and methods for developing child passenger safety community programs. The curriculum includes hands-on activities on the correct use and installation of child restraint systems. Officers who successfully complete the two-day program will receive a certificate of completion from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Instructional Staff: This course should be taught by a CPS technician who is nationally certified. Additional staff may be needed for the hands-on portion of the training, which requires an instructor/participant ratio of one to five.

Participant Materials: Materials, such as participant manuals and handouts, are provided by the host agency.

Equipment: Presentation equipment (a PowerPoint or overhead projector) and supplies, as described in the Instructor Guide. A variety of child safety seats, locking clips, and other demonstration materials.

Room Requirements: A room large enough to comfortably seat the planned class size with extra space to set up child safety seats for demonstrations.

Recommended Number of Participants: 20-25 participants

Cost to Host Agency: Costs vary and may include the cost of the facility, instructional team, food, audiovisual equipment, and materials.

Cost to Participants: The cost is at the discretion of the host agency. Participants may be charged a fee to recover expenses, such as instructor fees, materials, food, and rental of meeting space.

Law Enforcement Personnel

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