Suicide By Cop - Birmingham

Dates: April 30, 2024

Meets: Tu from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Birmingham Police Academy
401 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama, 35205

APOST Hours: 6.00

Cost: $0.00

Audience: Law Enforcement Officers or CJ Professionals

Description: Have you ever encountered a person that seemed to want to die? Did they force you to engage them? Let’s talk about what your next stage may have been in your encounter. Were you forced into an Officer involved shooting? Let’s discuss this type of encounter where law enforcement is forced to use deadly force. We will discuss the following topics.

Definition of Suicide by Cop (SbC)
Recognizing a SbC incident and indicators
Types of SbC
Officer response to SbC
Communications during an SbC event
Less lethal weapons during an SbC event

If so, this course is for you. Through class discussions and videos, we will explore different aspects of Suicide by Cop. We will explore the different types and ways to communicate hoping for a different outcome than what our subject wants. Our goal should be for everyone to go home at the end of these types of events , if possible.

0830-0900 Registration and Introductions
0900-1200 Session 1
1200-1300 Lunch (On your own)
1300-1600 Session 2

Location: Birmingham Police Academy, 401 6th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205

Cost: FREE

Instructor: Chief Bobby Blankenship,

Bobby recently retired from Alabama Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission as in investigator on March 1, 2023. He spent six (6) years as Chief of Police at Dothan Regional Airport Police Department and retired from Ozark Police Department after twenty five (25) years at the rank of Captain of Special Operations. He is currently serving as a board member with ICJE and Alabama Police Trainers Association (APTA). He attended the FBI National Academy #249 and has been certified as an APOSTC instructor since 2004. He is an adjunct instructor for AUM and JSU. Throughout his career, Bobby has served on special weapons and tactics commander, regional disaster response team member, traffic homicide investigations commander, commercial vehicle enforcement commander, honor guard commander, training division commander along with numerous other duties.

Sponsors: This seminar is sponsored by AUM's Alabama Crime Prevention Clearinghouse & Training Institute, the Institute for Criminal Justice Education, Inc., U.S. Attorney's Office, MDA, and ADECA Law Enforcement Planning/Traffic Safety Division. This training is partially funded by an ADECA Law Enforcement Planning subgrant #24-DJ-02-97 awarded to AUM and its Alabama Crime Prevention Clearinghouse.

Credit: Approved for six hours of APOSTC advance training credits. Certificates will be issued at the end of training.


Cancellation Policy

**Online Self-Cancellation: You may now remove/cancel yourself from a class or waiting list online! Self-Cancellations online can only be completed up until two days prior to the start date of the class. Please log in to your account, click on Registration History, then Current Courses, and then you may choose the classes you need to cancel. If you need to cancel in less than two days prior, please contact our office at 334-244-3804 or [email protected].
No Shows: Most of our classes have waiting lists and we need to know ASAP if you are not able to attend. We are tracking all no shows (people who do not attend class and don’t notify us prior to the start of class).
Fee: $0.00

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