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A Training Course for Inline Skating Police
by Agent Juan Matos of Puerto Rico

This training was developed for the Puerto Rico Police Inline Skating Unit by a team of four instructors, including myself. It is currently being offered to city police departments, (we are state police) by the Puerto Rico Inline Skating Association, in which all four instructors are active members. The course is being published so that all other "roller-cops" can give us their input on other techniques that should be added, and what things could be changed, or any other experience in the field that might help us develop a standarized format of teaching for all "roller-cops" everywhere. Eventually, the course will belong to all of us !!! All ICP Instructors and Examiners are encouraged to lend a hand in developing this course.

Our Training Course
Requirements and Duration
  1. Requirements:
    1. All officers must have IISA Level I skills to be accepted for training. (We strongly recommend to take a class with a certified ICP Instructor before the training).
    2. Discipline is a MUST !!!
    3. All officers must wear helmets and protective equipment during training.

  2. Training Duration:
    1. Five (5) days, (40 hours).
    2. The first two(2)hours of each day are devoted to warm up excercises, and endurance training, with stationary skating excercises.
    3. On day five (5) of the training all officers must wear their uniforms and complete police gear for the Skating Skills and Endurance Tests.

- Course Outline -
Basic Skating Techniques
for Police Officers
  1. Introduction
    1. Welcome and introductions
      1. Fill out forms
      2. Sign Waiver and Release from Liability
      3. Hand out course materials
      4. Q & A about the course

  2. Equipment use and maintenance
    1. Presentation of equipment to be used
      1. Helmets
      2. Elbow pads
      3. Knee pads
      4. Wrist guards
      5. Skates
    2. Cleaning of helmets and protector pads
    3. Proper way of wearing protector pads and helmets
    4. Wheels
      1. Size
      2. Profile
      3. Categories
      4. Wheel construction material
        1. Durometer
      5. Replacement
    5. Bearings
      1. Types of bearings
        1. Greased
        2. Oiled
      2. Ratings
        1. ABEC-1
        2. ABEC-3
        3. ABEC-5
        4. ABEC-7
      3. Maintenance
      4. Replacement
    6. Brake pad
      1. Wear line
      2. Replacement
    7. Skate boot
      1. Cleaning
    8. Frames
      1. Types
      2. Cleaning

  3. Overview of the sport of inline skating
    1. History
    2. Inline Skating Statistics
    3. Skating Organizations
      1. IISA
      2. USA Rollerskating
      3. ASA
      4. USA Inline Racing
      5. National Museum of Rollerskating
      6. Puerto Rico Inline Skating Association
      7. Puerto Rico National Skate Patrol
    4. Skating information available on Internet
    5. Health benefits of Inline Skating

  4. Public Relations
    1. Community Policing Initiative
      1. Benefits of Skate Patrols

  5. Development of Police Inline Skating Units
    1. Introduction
    2. Other police departments with officers on skates
      1. photos

  6. Introduction to Skating Techniques
    1. Video "Skate Fit" (40 min.)
    2. Video "The Basics and Beyond" (35 min.)
    3. Video "Professor Helmut on Helmets" (6 min.)

  7. Basic Skating Techniques
    1. Beginning Movement
      1. Stride I
    2. Beginning stopping
      1. Heel stop
    3. Beginning Turning
      1. A-Frame turn
    4. Advanced Beginner Movement
      1. Stride II
      2. Swizzle
    5. Advanced Beginner Stopping
      1. Spin Stop
      2. Grass Stop
    6. Advanced Beginner Turning
      1. Parallel Turn
    7. Introduction to other skills
      1. Stride III
      2. Backward Swizzle
      3. Backward Movement
      4. Slalom
      5. T-Stop
      6. Forward Crossovers
      7. Two Foot B/F Transition
      8. Two Foot F/B Transition
      9. Backward Powerslide
    8. Street Skating
    9. Skating in Rough Terrain
    10. Basic Uphill Skating
    11. Basic Downhill Skating
    12. Stairs

  8. Basic Intervention Techniques
    1. Confrontations on Skates
    2. Arrest on skates
    3. Self Defense on Skates

  9. Evaluation
    1. Written Exam
    2. Skating Skills Test
    3. 10-12 Miles Endurance Test

  10. Graduation
    1. Test Results
    2. Instructors and course evaluation by students
    3. Hand Out Certificates
Please help us develop a better program.

  • Are there any changes that can be made?
  • Any suggestions, or comments?
  • Are there any other techniques that should be included?
You can share your ideas with instructors and police officers everywhere by joining the Roller Cops Yahoo Group and posting your comments and suggestions there.

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