E-News, Issue #81    (Conference & Region 8 Training)

ALERT International Training Symposium/Conference
***********A little over 2 months until we arrive in Savannah, Georgia************* 

        If you have not registered for the ALERT International 2016
 Training Symposium/ Conference (September 26-29, 2016) you are about to miss out on one of the most beneficial and informational training events available to EVO instructors. DO NOT delay any longer go to www.alertconference.org to complete your registration today. Also, while on the Conference Website check out the Conference Itinerary. 

       The Hilton Savannah DeSoto is the site of this year's Training Symposium/Conference. There are very few, if any, rooms left at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto.  ALERT International has arranged for some additional rooms at two other hotels in the Historic District near the Savannah Water Front, which is about 5-6 blocks a very easy walk, to the Hilton DeSoto.  But DO NOT delay any longer in making your reservations to ensure you have a room.  Once the current block of rooms are gone ALERT will not be able to reserve any additional rooms. Go to www.alertconference.org and check out the information under the "Hotel" button.

Region 8 Training Seminar
       Cpl. Geoff Bush, Pa State Police and Region 8 Representative put together, and New Jersey State Police Academy hosted, a Regional Training Seminar on July 6, 2016.  The seminar was a huge success!  Sgt. Chris Sharpe of the NJSP arranged to host the meeting at their  academy facility. NJSP provided the option of free lodging the night before for folks wishing to spend the night.  A heartfelt Thank You goes out to Chris and his staff.
       There were more then 27 Driving Instructors in attendance from PA, NJ, VA and Massachusetts.
      Presentations were given by the following ALERT Members:
Dan Donza from Tony Scotti's Vehicle Dynamics Institute gave an overview of VDI and some ideas to help improve and validate a driver training program.
Corporal Chris Daly from the West Chester PA Police Department gave a presentation and practical demonstration of the limited effectiveness of emergency sirens.
M/Sgt. Matt Razukas of the New Jersey State Police gave an outstanding presentation of several of the officer involved fatalities that he has investigated in the past, and discussed what the causation factors that contributed to the crashes.
Cpl. Bush gave a brief presentation on the PSP Driving Program changes that were recently made and how PSP is addressing training with Electronic Stability and skid control.
Sgt. Chris Sharpe of the NJSP gave an overview of the NJSP driving courses and participants actually got a hands on demo on the driving pad.
Note from the President.....I want to thank Geoff, Sgt. Sharpe and everyone who assisted them in making this an exceptional training event.  The only regret I have is that my State POST Commission met the same day and did not conclude its business until mid-afternoon.  Also, from this one day seminar ALERT International has received 4 new members.  Folks, especially Regional Reps, this is where ALERT International can increase its membership and provide the most cost effective training, to not only ALERT members, but to all EVO Instructors across the North America.  Hopefully this is the first of many Regional training events.  I challenge the other 10 Regional Representatives...come to Savannah and report on the program that you have scheduled for 2017.
Best  Regards and Be Safe,


Albert Liebno 
ALERT President



A.L.E.R.T. International is dedicated to the encouragement and correlation of research and development as well as the sharing of information, ideas and innovations in the area of emergency vehicle response operation. Additionally, A.L.E.R.T.'s mission is to provide assistance to states in establishing effective and defensible standards for employment and training of law enforcement officers in the field of emergency vehicle operations. Another aspect of the mission is the promotion of a positive, professional image of emergency response trainers.