Law Enforcement Seminar


Maryville University will host the law enforcement seminar, “The Bullet Proof Mind/Sharpening the Warrior’s Edge,” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 19, in the Auditorium. Featured speakers include Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, an expert in the field of human aggression and the psychology of combat, and Bruce Siddle, CEO of Warrior Science Group, which provides use-of-force training for criminal justice agencies, the military and the private sector.

The seminar is planned in conjunction with Town and Country Police Department, Des Peres Police Department and the United States Attorneys Office, Eastern District of Missouri. Representatives from law enforcement agencies throughout the bi-state region are expected to attend.

Grossman is a retired U.S. army ranger and paratrooper, and former military science professor at West Point Academy. He is the author of the Pulitzer-prize nominated book, On Killing: the Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society, and Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill. His latest book is On Combat.

“It is an incredible honor to host Dave Grossman, who is considered the Sigmund Freud of his field,” said Geriann Brandt, adjunct criminology professor at Maryville University. “Grossman has come to the aid of many police departments to motivate them mentally to get back on their feet following tragic, violent incidents.”

Key topics to be discussed by Grossman include prevention, response and survival measures in the face of domestic and international terrorism, and how to recognize, limit and prevent close-range interpersonal aggression.

Siddle, who is also chairman and chief creative officer of Detonics and founder of PPCT Management Systems, Inc., is an internationally-recognized expert in the study of combat human factors, use of force and counter-terrorism training. He is the author of Sharpening the Warrior’s Edge textbook and numerous articles and abstracts on survival stress and performance. Siddle has also funded and coordinated nearly 40 research projects, and has consulted with most military branches of the U.S. government, including the FBI, the U.S. Army Delta Force, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Siddle will examine on-the-job stress and present an overview of stress physiology research. He will also provide a checklist of procedures for reducing post-critical incident trauma and discuss leadership skills proven to reduce officers’ escalating stress during hostage or standoff events.

Deadline to register is Friday, June 12; registration is $40, including training, POST certification, continental breakfast, beverages and snack (lunch not included). To obtain a registration form, email or call 314.587.2850.