Hillsborough Police Department Adopts Cognitive Command Training 

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017
Hillsborough Police Department Adopts Cognitive Command Training 
Hillsborough officers, and even K9 Officer Viper, participate in Cognitive Command Training last week.

The Hillsborough Police Department has adopted an innovative new training program designed to improve police performance and professionalism, making the department the first in North Carolina and among the first in the nation to adopt Cognitive Command (C2) Training.

C2 Training is designed to help officers “re-wire” the subconscious brain to develop mental mindsets surrounding policing skills, officer safety and professionalism. The training helps officers manage their actions while under extreme stress as well as in routine situations. Officers improve their ability to perceive and comprehend information by using three key concepts known as the C2 Triad — breathing, self-talk and mental imagery.

“We are very excited about this program and what it represents for both Hillsborough and the profession,” Hillsborough Police Chief Duane Hampton said. “This training targets the mental side of policing in a way that no other training we have participated in has, and it is more than just training. This program develops a way of looking at the world and dealing with stress that will have huge benefits for our employees both on and off the job.”

The first steps in the Cognitive Command program began shortly before the holidays when all Hillsborough officers were given the C2 Officer “Toolbook” of reading material and exercises to complete. Classroom training sessions conducted by the Cognitive Command Group followed last week, Jan. 18-20. In these sessions, officers were provided an understanding of the science behind the program and given more exercises to build on those that they had already learned.

Following these classroom sessions, Hillsborough officers will begin a 10-week, structured program designed to integrate Cognitive Command into their existing mental patterns. During this 10-week period, officers will be required to complete a variety of training exercises multiple times each week.

“The purpose of the training is to use well established principles of brain function to reduce stress and increase performance and professionalism in a law enforcement environment,” said Dr. Jonathan Page, Ph.D. and president of C2 Training. “The program enhances officers’ ability to perceive, process and interact with their environment. The ultimate goal is a better and safer police force.” 

Page was on site last week as part of the initial training.