County Sheriffs of Colorado Selects Knowledge Factor for Breakthrough Training Program on DNA Collection

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Online Training Educates Law Enforcement on “Using DNA as Evidence”: With the onslaught of TV crime shows, rising public interest in crime investigation and technological advances, everyone believes they know something about DNA collection. But it is police officers who bear the burden of knowing the intricacies of collecting DNA evidence correctly so it will hold up in a court of law. The County Sheriffs of Colorado today announced a breakthrough online training program for deputy sheriffs, patrol officers, detectives, crime scene investigators and others to refresh their knowledge on the facts of DNA and the protocol for collecting and preserving DNA evidence. The association selected Knowledge Factor, Inc.’s Confidence-Based Learning System to deliver the program because of its unique ability to ensure mastery and remove doubt and misinformation in officers’ knowledge of the processes.

With the onslaught of TV crime shows, rising public interest in crime investigation and technological advances, everyone believes they know something about DNA collection. But it is police officers who bear the burden of knowing the intricacies of collecting DNA evidence correctly so it will hold up in a court of law. The County Sheriffs of Colorado today announced a breakthrough online training program for deputy sheriffs, patrol officers, detectives, crime scene investigators and others to refresh their knowledge on the facts of DNA and the protocol for collecting and preserving DNA evidence. The association selected Knowledge Factor, Inc.’s Confidence-Based Learning System to deliver the program because of its unique ability to ensure mastery and remove doubt and misinformation in officers’ knowledge of the processes.

Lab technicians at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation assisted in developing the content that is used in the patented Confidence-Based Learning (CBL) program that is being used now by law enforcement officers, beginning in Colorado with national growth planned. Recently, the CBI crime lab installed robotics to automate much of the processing. The new system, paired with properly educated officers, will speed up DNA processing and assure that more crimes are solved. The program will also educate officers about when and when not to take the time for DNA collection, which will free up lab time for critical cases.

“Knowledge Factor’s CBL platform is unlike any other learning system in the way it nurtures and validates mastery in a topic that is critical for our profession – and does it in a way that is more engaging and faster than any other training platform we’ve seen,” said George Epp, Director of CSOC. “Sheriffs and police chiefs are liable for the actions of their officers. They need to know with confidence how well prepared their officers are in DNA evidence collection or they put their departments at significant risk.”

Confidence-Based Learning ensures learning by measuring precisely what people know and don’t know without guesswork and doubt contaminating the results. Then, the CBL System rapidly remediates learners’ gaps in knowledge and confidence. Because the program is offered online, officers can access it at their convenience –with no cost for travel or trainers.

CBL is unique in its ability to define what people need to learn by understanding what ignorance, doubt and misinformation exist within learners. The process differentiates between:

  • Mastery - correct and confident knowledge
  • Doubt – correct knowledge that is believed without full confidence
  • Guesswork – lucky guessing that is not accompanied by any competence
  • Ignorance – no knowledge.

CBL can capture and validate knowledge confidence because of the unique structure of the assessments is uses as the basis for its learning process.

“DNA evidence collection is an unforgiving science that doesn’t allow for error. If you make a mistake, you might be reading about it in the news the next day,” Epp continued. “This program gives police chiefs the confidence of knowing that their force can act correctly in almost any situation.”

Law enforcement professionals interested in signing up for only $89 can log on to http://csoc.knowledgefactor.com. Larger teams or departments interested in learning more and potentially qualifying for group rates should contact Dean Curd at 720-344-4608. A certificate of completion will be awarded.

Knowledge Factor, Inc.

Founded in 2000, Denver-based Knowledge Factor is the leader in Confidence-Based Learning. The Company is the owner of a patented and effective methodology it calls Confidence-Based Assessment™, or CBA™, which for the first time measures both knowledge and confidence and removes guesswork from training. The Company's CBL System measures competency, validates learning and provides a rapid and targeted learning solution to organizations and individuals. For more information, go to http://www.knowledgefactor.com.

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