Archive for the ‘Police Training’ Category

Officers recognized for innovative solutions

June 27, 2018

This article reports 14 LAPD officers completing a 12-month certificate program delivered by the public policy and social work schools at the University of Southern California. Attendees “learned evidence-based techniques to reduce the need for force and become better prepared to face today’s complicated policing issues, such as homelessness, mental illness, domestic violence and human trafficking.” Officers complete a capstone project on a specific problem that they identify, and present their solutions to command staff in the department’s Compstat room.


Podcast: LEO near-miss reporting

April 23, 2018

The COPS Office has released a new 23-minute podcast that explains the near-miss reporting system administered by the Police Foundation. The aim of the system, similar to ones used in aviation and other sectors, is to document and share near misses — incidents that almost went wrong but didn’t — to help law enforcement officers and agencies learn from them to improve future safety and performance. The COPS Office also provides a variety of other podcasts available here.


April 12, 2018

Investigations continue into the March 18 fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark in Sacramento. This public radio segment reports Police Chief Daniel Hahn’s most recent presentation to City Council as well as community reactions, while this follow-up segment interviews the chief about the current situation and changes that might be made in policies and training.

Custom Blackberry CEO busted

March 13, 2018

This article reports a multi-national investigation by the U.S., Canada, and Australia into a company that provided custom Blackberry devices for secure communication within private networks, with encryption and remote “wiping” if a phone was seized by authorities. About 20,000 of the devices are in circulation with a clientele that includes drug cartels and transnational organized crime groups. The company’s CEO was arrested last week.

Position: Legitimacy Program Coordinator

February 5, 2018

Oregon’s Center for Policing Excellence has a new position to “Develop, coordinate and deliver public safety training related to legitimacy/procedural justice, prevention of bias-based profiling, and stops data collection.” Information about the position, based at the state’s training academy in Salem, is posted here. The deadline for applications is February 12.

Dispute over new police academy in Chicago

December 17, 2017

This article reports an ongoing debate in Chicago over plans to build a new $95 million police training academy. An earlier DOJ review documented substandard facilities, outdated curricula, and failure to provide annual training. Activists, though, argue an expensive new academy is not the best response to the city’s police problems. In addition, it’s not clear where the cash-strapped city will find the $95 million.

Bias vs. behavior

December 4, 2017

This article provides an in-depth discussion of the difficulty of measuring bias (an  attitude) and determining its connection to discrimination (behavior). Police and other institutions have implemented training in recent years aimed at helping individuals identify and understand “implicit bias.” Research isn’t clear on whether the training is effective at changing behavior or even whether bias is mainly unconscious or conscious.

Humanities for police

November 29, 2017

This article describes a segment of in-service training in Baltimore that uses Plato, Steinbeck, Dostoevsky, and Baldwin to encourage officers to reflect on cynicism, respect, and other features of the human condition that they deal with in their work. The officer who teaches the course says “we are in the tradition of the western world. We’re kind of government on the ground. I mean, we have to represent democratic values. We have to represent those Enlightenment values in a very immediate way.”

Reaching for critical mass

November 15, 2017

This article provides an in-depth look at the low numbers of women in many federal law enforcement agencies, especially Customs and Border Protection (5%), and contrasts that with several municipal police departments that have taken a completely different approach to gender and the police culture. The chief in Madison, Wisconsin, which has 30% women, says “We’re looking for critical thinkers, people who are empathetic, good communicators, great at crisis intervention … I can teach a monkey how to shoot a Glock. The cerebral skills, the relational skills, that is the elusive commodity that you have to search for.”

Science of interrogation

October 29, 2017

This article provides an in-depth discussion of the psychology underlying effective interrogation. A study of over 1,000 hours of taped interrogations of terrorists confirmed that the key is rapport and projecting a genuine interest in what the suspect has to say, not trying to establish dominance or using confrontational techniques. Specialist training in the UK is now based on this research and well established methods from clinical psychology.