Sheriffs' Association of Texas

Other Training - not hosted by SAT

Updated: 7/14/2020 


Texas Commission on Jail Standards
Mental Health Training for Jailers #4900

Texas Commission on Jail Standards will be conducting the #4900 – Mental Health Training for Jailers at a county near you.  This is the 8 hour course, mandated, in the “Sandra Bland Act”.   Those who obtained a jailer’s license prior to September 1, 2017 are required to take this course before September 1, 2021.  Don’t wait!  Classes are limited to 25.  The dates include training for September 2019 through March 2020 (so far) with additional dates added as we hear from counties requesting to host training.   Listed below are training dates along with the registration link for each class.  More classes will be offered in the future but DON’T wait!! Contact one of the Mental Health Trainers below with any questions.   Hope to see you there!  

Kathleen Pokluda; 512-850-9668; 
Earnestine Sanders; 512-653-4346; 
Tommy Dill; 512-850-9422; 

Check back for more dates

Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness
(HMEP) Grant Program

The purpose of HMEP is to increase State, Territorial, Tribal, and local effectiveness in safely and efficiently handling hazardous materials accidents and incidents, enhance implementation of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA), and encourage a comprehensive approach to emergency training and planning by incorporating the unique challenges of responses to transportation situations. This is accomplished in large part through the HMEP grant program that provides financial and technical assistance, as well as national direction and guidance, to enhance local hazardous materials emergency planning and training.

We have 30 topics of classes that we provide to include Hazardous Materials, Trench Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Pipeline Emergencies, Oil Spill, and Air Monitoring.

These courses are provided free of charge all over the state and many are eligible for TCOLE credit. Our goal is to get every first responder (police, fire, EMS, public works) in the state to the level of HazMat First Responder-Operations (which consists of completing the HazMat Awareness class and then the Operations class, which provides enough information to identify HazMat situations, secure the scene, ensuring scene safety, and calling for technicians on a HazMat Team to respond). TCOLE credit would be provided through TEEX, which is our contract training provider.

Classes can be found at: HMEP Classes

Contact: Michael Green
Phone: 737-529-1644

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) is offering a Integrated Use of Force Series online. To apply for training, click on this link, answer the questions, and it will open the class list.  Then just enroll in the course you wish to take. There are no cost for these online courses.


July 22, 2020 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EST)
PART ONE: Overview of the Integrated Use of Force Training Methodology (VO_UOF_EO-2001SLTD)

As Part One of the Integrated Use of Force Series presentation, the FLETC Legal Division (LGD) will present an overview of training conducted on basic Constitutional considerations for law enforcement officers, which affect their legal decision making when deciding Use of Force. The Legal Division will be followed by the Enforcement Operations Division (EOD), which will provide initial discussion on the training students and instructors receive in those areas which law enforcement officers utilize during their decision to utilize force and those considerations surrounding the use of force. The goal of this training presentation will be to provide a Constitutional understanding and how to apply these concepts and performance standards during a law enforcement officers use of force.

July 29, 2020 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EST)
PART TWO: Critical Communication Skills (VO_UOF_EO-2002SLTD)

As Part Two of the Integrated Use of Force Series presentation, the FLETC Behavioral Science Division will present an overview of skills taught in the Critical Communications Skills Instructor Training Program currently being developed by BSD. The topics to be reviewed include implicit and explicit bias; inter-cultural communication; and science based communications techniques including Cylinder Model/Sense Making; Warmth and Competence; Cialdini's Principles of Persuasion and Motivational Interviewing for law enforcement/Orbit Model. The goal of the training is provide an understanding of the communication knowledge provided which enhance officer effectiveness in verbal communications in officer citizen encounters to reduce, mitigate or avoid the application of physical force.

August 5, 2020 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EST) PART THREE: Legal Aspects of Use of Force (VO_UOF_EO-2003SLTD)

As Part Three of the Integrated Use of Force Series presentation, the FLETC Legal Division (LGD) will present an overview of the information and skills taught which may assist students and instructors in better understanding understand and utilizing Constitutional standards when making a use of force decision. This presentation will center around legal decisions, such as Graham vs. Connor (1989), as well as other foundational court decisions, which impact law enforcement use of force and decision making daily. Other critical law enforcement legal areas, such as Qualified Immunity in today's legal environment, and how current legal decisions will impact law enforcement officers in the use of force, will also be discussed. The goal of this training will be to discuss the legal training received which provide students and instructors with the foundational knowledge of legal rulings, understanding the criticalness of agency policy awareness and how constitutional standards impact the law enforcement officer and their community.


August 12, 2020 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EST)
PART FOUR: Use of Force Training for Control Tactics, Traffic Stops and Firearms Simulations (VO_UOF_EO-2004SLTD)

As Part Four of the Integrated Use of Force Series presentation, the FLETC Physical Techniques, Driver Marine and Firearms Training Divisions will present overviews and discussions of the skills and topics students and instructors receive encompassing each of their respective divisions and how these tools and techniques may be applied as part of a use of force decision. The Physical Techniques Division (PTD) will provide an overview of the considerations and skills taught to recognize the physical response, how this response impacts decision making and the various techniques taught for use during a use of force encounter. The Driver Marine Division (DMD) will provide an overview of the techniques taught as part of their Use of Force training during emergency vehicle operations. The Firearms Training Division (FTD) will provide an overview of training on firearms, judgement decisions on the use of a firearm during a use of force situation and how these decisions are discussed the implemented as part of training to all students. The goal of this discussion is to provide an understanding of training received which places an emphasis on officer response, awareness and understanding of these core functions, and the impact they have on a decision to use force.

August 19, 2020 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EST)
PART FIVE: Reinforcement and Evaluation in Integrated Use of Force Training (VO_UOF_EO-2005SLTD)

As Part Five, the final portion of the Integrated Use of Force Series presentation, the FLETC Enforcement Operations Division (EOD) will provide an overview of how the FLETC trains students and instructors in integration of all training considerations during a use of force situation. This discussion will center around integrating all other training divisions into a use of force decision, how to reinforce appropriate use of force responses and how to evaluate integrated use of force concepts. The goal of this training is to bring all aspects of the series together in order to have a better understanding of training delivery, proper training assessment, evaluation and response considerations.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Shawn Walker
Regional Coordinator (4- Midwestern) 
(Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, and Tribal Nations)
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers
State, Local & Tribal Division

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