How Technology is Changing Law Enforcement The latest high-tech innovations offer benefits and challenges for crime fighters. Solar When I started my career in law enforcement nearly 35 years ago, the only "technology" we needed was the police radio and the location of the nearest pay phone.
Cover Story 25 Ways to Make Police Training More Effective Experienced trainers and veteran officers say there are some basic steps that agencies and instructors can take to enhance law enforcement training.
Much of this discussion was spurred by the Michael Brown and Eric Garner incidents. After the Eric Garner "chokehold" death, the New York City Police Department implemented a new training program for all of its officers who have direct contact with the public.
Proponents say this training will teach officers how to de-escalate situations and improve community relations. Opponents say the training is based on political correctness and is not realistic.
But we did think that because police training was in the news it was a good time to ask veteran officers and trainers how they would improve law enforcement training and make it more effective.
The following is collected from the comments of more than a dozen sources. Everybody involved in law enforcement training would like to see more resources—budget, time, and equipment—allocated to training.
Start With the Right People A number of training experts contacted for this story say one of the best ways to improve the training of law enforcement officers is to recruit individuals who have life experience and people skills.
The majority of recruits have also never faced danger. Establish a National Standard Each state has its own standards for peace officer training.
Some law enforcement trainers would like to see every officer nationwide trained to the same standard, kind of a national Peace Officers Standards and Training P. Of course, the trainers who espouse this notion believe that the result would be better training for all and not a reduction of training standards to a lowest common denominator.
One way to cut the costs of training would be for agencies to share it.
In addition to pooling their funds to provide specialized training, agencies could share training equipment from simulators down to padded suits and replica guns. Do the Research There is realistic training and training based on reality. Several trainers that we contacted said one of the things that needs to change about contemporary law enforcement training is the inclusion of material that is based on hearsay and urban legend.
Trainers say agencies need to take a scientific look at what their officers are facing, how they are performing, and how training can be improved.
MMA is Not Training Defensive tactics instructors encourage their officers to train in the fighting arts during their off time. But just because a move or technique works in a mixed-martial arts hexagon or in a jiu jitsu dojo does not mean that it is applicable to law enforcement.
Trainers caution that unless an officer can transition from a fighting technique into taking an attacker into custody, then that technique does not belong in a law enforcement training program.
Update the Methodology The vast majority of law enforcement training is still conducted in the classroom or hands-on such as scenario and defensive tactics sessions.
Many instructors are now talking about the concept of blended learning, which combines some online lessons and classroom, resulting in more time for hands-on training. The idea is to reduce "butt in seat" time and downtime between scenarios with online lessons divided into easily digestible chunks.
This blended learning approach could be used to preload information for academy programs and to reduce classroom time for in-service training.
Help Out New Shooters It used to be that most police recruits had experience with firearms from military service, sport shooting, or both.
Many contemporary academy students have never shot a pistol, and they have a hard time coping with the noise and the recoil. Trainers recommend a number of ways to help these officers become more proficient with handguns, including more dry-fire training and the use of. Complete the Scenarios Practical scenario training with live subjects is extremely effective.Community Policing and the Police Officer I By Edwin Meese III Alvin Toffler, the author of Future Shock, and Heidi Toffler Instead of being locked in an organizationalstraitjacket, the The changed strategy of policing alters in important ways the content of the police officer's job.
Police responsibilities expand. If a police officer is so busy telling people what to do, he may not hear valuable information regarding the incident he is policing. Police officers like to, and often need to, take charge but they should be willing to accept information from other people too.
Weisburd is one of many researchers who argue that police need to change the way they interact with the public. Instead of looking at crime reduction as the only goal of policing, cops must also consider ways to build trust with communities—and being able to take the perspective of their members might be a critical first step.
Being a police officer is a meaningful and impactful way to serve a community.
Becoming a police officer doesn’t rely heavily on formal education; in fact, a high school diploma is often the minimum formal education required. Apr 25, · But we did think that because police training was in the news it was a good time to ask veteran officers and trainers how they would improve law enforcement training and make it more effective.
The following is collected from the comments of more than a dozen sources. The editors of POLICE do not necessarily agree or disagree with these suggestions. Dec 08, · I think technology is one way to improve policing but looking at your country l got the impression that to many of your police officers had served in the military and saw much violence and death.
This experience could and probably would give you a more harder tone on your policing which could be a bad thing for safely policing the community.