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PSPBL Origin

The Police Society for Problem Based Learning formed in 2003 at the conclusion of a convention of the participants in the National Police Training Officer pilot project in Reno, Nevada. In the past decade, PSPBL has supported the PTO Model by training instructors to use Problem Based Learning in academy training and in advanced officer training.


Our goal has always been to promote the use of Problem Based Learning in police training and to support the Police Training Officer program as the alternative to the San Jose model of post-academy training.
The PTO model most effectively facilitates learning – in a post-academy setting – of the problem-solving and community-oriented policing skills required of law enforcement professionals today. At the same time, law enforcement trainees learn the basic fundamentals of policing which all officers, deputies or constables must learn including officer safety, legal authority, vehicle operations, report writing, ethics and self-awareness (among others).

Why PBL?

Using PBL throughout law enforcement training develops highly-skilled problem solvers and critically-thinking self-aware law enforcement professionals. PSPBL provides a certification process for PBL instructors and can provide PTO Training for Trainers, PBL Instructor Certification training, and Advanced Officer training using PBL through its certified members.

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The Police Society for Problem Based Learning
PO Box 362  Oakley, California, USA  94561
Email us: info@pspbl.org