Archive for the ‘Police Training’ Category

Documenting hate incidents

September 17, 2019

The police department in Arlington, Texas has amended its policy to begin reporting hate incidents, not just hate crimes, as reported here, citing the example of leafletting by a white nationalist organization. The chief emphasized the importance of getting a full picture of the problem, noting that in 2018, nationally, there were 6,000 official hate crime reports, but surveys estimated 250,000 hate crime victims.

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Use of force during arrests down 21% in Denver

August 8, 2019

This article reports a 21% decrease in use force during arrests in Denver for the first 6 months of 2019, compared to 2018. The agency adopted a more restrictive policy and then followed up with training. The planned next step is to augment training with scenarios embedded in virtual reality technology “to allow us to walk our folks through them in a 360-degree wrap-around video simulator that will help identify key areas for de-escalation and really move us forward in this continual improvement process.”

Drop in police shootings in Chicago

July 10, 2019

Shootings by police in Chicago dropped 70% from 2009 to 2018, from 124 per year to 37, including both “hit” and “no-hit” shootings, according to this public radio report. During the same period, incidents of police being shot at, and cases of aggravated battery committed against officers, remained about the same. Both external pressure and improved training are cited as causes for the steady decline in police shootings over the decade.

Keys to training excellence

July 10, 2019

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.

Racially motivated 911 calls

June 5, 2019

Grand Rapids, Michigan is considering a local ordinance that would make it a criminal offense to place a racially-motivated 911 call, as reported here. The proposal, which came from the city’s Community Relations Commission, has so far been discussed at one public hearing. Earlier, state laws were proposed in Michigan and New York but were not enacted, while a civil penalty statute is pending in Oregon. In lieu of criminalization, some experts suggest giving 911 operators and dispatchers more training and authority in order to screen out inappropriate calls.

On-line recruit training

May 29, 2019

Utah has completed its first on-line police academy designed to serve remote rural areas, as reported here. Recruits gathered for live lectures by teleconference each weeknight for about 8 months, with the capability of asking questions, engaging in discussions, etc. Skills training was provided at local law enforcement agencies. Without this option, the nearest academy is a 3-hour drive away. Rural agencies expect this option to help with recruiting and also retention, as it appeals to local people with roots in the area. Individuals benefit since they can keep their day jobs while going through the academy.

Teaching new officers difficult history

May 22, 2019

San Jose police recruits recently took a course on “Policing in the Current Social and Political Climate” during their academy training, as reported here. The course reviewed controversial contemporary incidents but also examined how, “historically, police officers have been used as instruments of government discrimination, tasked with enforcing shameful policies such as the Japanese internment and Jim Crow laws.” The chief emphasized that national and even world events affect how people view the police locally — “No one reads the city on the badge, you just see the badge. We have to understand why certain segments do not trust us. I hope this scratches the surface of that.”

Analysis of officer-involved shootings in Phoenix

April 21, 2019

This report by the National Police Foundation provides analysis of officer-involved shootings in Phoenix, which doubled in 2018 over the average for the past 9 years. Information was gathered from the community and from police records, and comparisons were made over time and with other big cities and Arizona cities. One factor in Phoenix was that assaults on officers increased, and more OIS incidents involved subjects armed with weapons, including guns. Another was that both police and community members pointed to lack of trust, leading to several recommendations aimed at transparency, accountability, and relationship building.

Details on NZ apprehension

March 18, 2019

This article provides information on the apprehension of the Christchurch, New Zealand mosque attacker. Two officers from an outlying area, who happened to be in the city for a training session, went operational, spotted the fleeing vehicle, made the decision to ram it, and took the shooter into custody. The officers have not been identified by name, but have been praised by the police commissioner and others. Their sergeant commented, “I was surprised how calm and collected they were.”

Tech solutions

March 8, 2019

Two articles out today illustrate potential benefits from modern technology. One describes a mobile app that enables police officers handling a mental health incident to “video chat a physician, therapist or case worker to evaluate the patient at the scene and direct them to a clinic or mental hospital instead of the ER” — pilot testing found a 22% reduction in ER and jail visits saving an average of $847 per call, as reported here. The other describes a test of augmented/virtual reality in disaster response training for EMS personnel — “People who trained on the digital model were 45% more accurate and nearly 30% faster … than those who only received traditional classroom training,” as reported here.