The program has already proven itself to help officers perform their duties while reducing risks for them and their communities. This is based on data and feedback from the Pittsfield Police Department, where the bulk of LEJJ participants are employed. The training has also shown to improve things like officer confidence and stress levels, improving their overall health and well being. All of this leads to better overall law enforcement service. This is consistent with the trend with new programs like this around the country.
With the positive feedback and results stemming from the first LEJJ session, the Pittsfield PD is expanding their commitment for a new session beginning in August of this year. PPD will now increase their enrollment from 12 officers in the nine month pilot program up to 18 officers for a full year. This is also partly possible due to grants provided by the liability insurance company covering the department. These are all strong indications of the importance and effectiveness of LEJJ.
With the expansion of the program, ZenQuest will soon add another LEJJ class on Friday mornings (before our regular No-Gi class.) This will help accommodate the officers’ busy schedules and provide them with additional training when possible.
Thanks to all of the participating officers and supporting students for helping to make LEJJ a success. Special thanks to Chief Mike Wynn for his support in the continued development of the LEJJ program at ZenQuest.