Duane Wolfe: The Art and Science of Being a Police Trainer

Welcome to my conversation with Law Enforcement Trainer and Police One Columnist Duane Wolfe. In this insightful podcast, Duane Wolfe shares his extensive experience and research-based methods. Learn about innovative concepts like interleaving, desirable difficulty, and the Quiet Eye technique. Wolfe’s practical insights and recommended resources will equip you with the tools to elevate your training programs and achieve results. In February 2014, Duane Wolfe retired from his career as a Minnesota Peace Officer after more than 25 years of service . During his career, he served as a patrolman, sergeant, S.R.T., use of force and firearms instructor. He was a full-time law enforcement instructor at Alexandria Technical & Community College in Alexandria, Minnesota for 28 years. Duane has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Bemidji State University and a Masters Degree in Education from Southwest State University.


“Applying the research is absolutely critical; we need to come up with the best teaching methods.”

“In the last three out of four classes, we achieved a 100% qualification rate, thanks to interleaving, effortful retrieval, and desirable difficulty.”

“The Quiet Eye technique has made a significant difference in our students’ performance; now they know what they are supposed to be looking at.”

“Understanding the impacts of stress is essential; we need to train people for the level of stress they will be operating under.”

“Our job as trainers is to change the orientation of our trainees to be the most effective and efficient police officers they can be.”


Disseminating research to trainers

Effective teaching methods in law enforcement

Applying research concepts like interleaving and desirable difficulty

Improvements in firearms training and qualification standards

Explanation of the Quiet Eye technique

Addressing stress impacts in training

Changes in police training over time

OODA proof training and moving from the OODA loop to the OODA cycle

Recommended resources for trainers

Additional recommended books and authors

Podcast video

Podcast audio