Keys to training excellence

This column is the final installment of a series examining the effectiveness of police training. Earlier columns noted the tendency for skills to quickly deteriorate after training and critiqued the “block and silo” curriculum structure that fails to integrate knowledge and skills in realistic scenarios. Recommendations include introducing context-driven scenarios early in the curriculum, making practical exercises as realistic as possible, incorporating ride-alongs during the academy, putting responsibility on individuals to identify their strengths and weaknesses and develop their “clinical” skills, and emphasizing development of social and emotional intelligence.

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