Archive for the ‘Police Training’ Category

Two positions advertised

December 2, 2022

Here are two open positions that might be of interest to some readers:

  • Police Academy Director, Prince William County, VA — “This position will facilitate numerous organizational initiatives to adequately train our police officers, deputy sheriffs and professional staff in order to provide quality service to a growing, diverse, and dynamic community.” Application deadline is December 14.
  • Assistant/Associate Professor in Policing & Security, Rabdan Academy, Abu Dhabi, UAE — The announcement indicates that applicants should have “one or more of the following: teaching experience in forensic science identification, teaching experience in a police education program, extensive operational policing including but not limited to – police leadership/management, forensics, crime scene investigation, road/traffic policing, criminal justice, artificial intelligence, criminal profiling.” However it also states “This position has a Forensic Science Identification teaching focus.” An application deadline is not listed. 

New National Academies of Sciences reports

December 1, 2022

The National Academies of Sciences has recently published 4 reports aimed at guiding international police assistance efforts. The reports were produced by expert committees that reviewed and assessed existing research and evidence. The reports are available at the links below for free download.

PERF report on police training

November 28, 2022

The Police Executive Research Forum has released a report titled “Transforming Police Recruit Training: 40 Guiding Principles,” available here. While some media coverage highlighted an “immediate crisis,” the report’s conclusions and recommendations are more balanced. Overall, the report finds that “recruit training simply has not kept pace with the dramatic changes that have taken place in policing in recent decades or with the increasingly complex and challenging realities that today’s police officers face.” By the same token, it wisely acknowledges that “Better training, especially at the recruit officer level, will not fix every problem in policing today. Nor will simply legislating that officers receive more training – a trend seen in many jurisdictions seeking to reform policing. Too often, training is treated as a panacea.” The report’s 40 “guiding principles” provide a useful set of benchmarks for police agencies and academies looking to assess how they compare to aspirational industry standards.

Austin protest fallout continues

October 31, 2022

In Austin, Texas, criminal cases have yet to go to trial against 21 officers indicted over their actions during the George Floyd protests in 2020. In the meantime, 8 civil cases against the city have been settled for $16.6 million, while 12 cases are still pending, as reported here. According to a recently released after-action report, “many officers lacked an understanding of crowd management, riot control techniques, tactics and protocols.” Officers are accused of shooting bean bag munitions “into crowds, at protesters’ heads and at protesters who were not threatening violence when they were shot.”

Position: Police Academy Administrator, New Orleans PD

July 22, 2022

New Orleans is advertising for a Police Academy Administrator. The duties of the position include “reviewing and approving primary instructional materials such as curricula and lesson plans; coordinating the delivery of recruit training, in-service training, and specialized training on an annual basis; structuring and designing course of instruction for Academy’s primary course modules, including Recruit Training, In-Service Training, and specialized training; overseeing instructor selection process; ensuring that Academy pedagogy reflects educational best practices; overseeing and driving implementation of required Consent Decree reforms; and related work as required.” The position announcement is here. A closing date is not specified.

Kentucky fast-tracking retiring military into law enforcement agencies

July 12, 2022

The Department of Defense has a SkillBridge program aimed at helping military members transition to civilian employment. Kentucky is the first state to utilize the program statewide, as reported here. Military retirees will be able to attend basic police training at Kentucky’s Department of Criminal Justice Training during their final 180 days of military service, positioning them to move straight into a police career. In addition, “The program provides significant cost savings to law enforcement agencies as the military has agreed to continue paying the service member’s salary and other benefits while attending a basic training academy.” The first soldier completed the program in April of this year.

RAND report identifies research priorities on police killings

May 23, 2022

National-level research on killings by police continues to rely primarily on media reports. This new RAND report summarizes the literature on police use of deadly force, identifies knowledge gaps, and identifies research priorities in six focus areas — “foundational issues (such as racial inequities, police culture, and police unions), data and reporting, training, policies, technology, and consequences for officers.” An overarching theme is the need for more extensive and systematic data collection.

Fallout from 2020 protests

April 5, 2022

A federal jury in Denver has awarded $14 million to 12 protesters who were “hit with pepper balls and a bag filled with lead” during post-George Floyd protests in 2020, as reported here. According to the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, there are at least 29 other similar lawsuits pending, including ones in New York, Washington, and Rochester. Meanwhile, last month 19 Austin PD officers were indicted on two counts each of aggravated assault resulting in injuries to 11 protesters in May 2020, mainly from beanbag rounds, as reported here. One use-of-force expert cites the relative lack of training for police on handling protests, noting “it would be prohibitively expensive to have officers practice deploying equipment” such as rubber bullets, pepper balls, bean bag rounds, and gas cannisters.

Review of school policing programs

April 1, 2022

School police, including SROs (school resource officers), have come under scrutiny in recent years. A new report sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, available here, reviews the most common models of school policing, assesses the evidence on their effectiveness, and offers several recommendations. In terms of impact, “research to date does not support school policing as an effective strategy in increasing safety and security” and “school policing is correlated with some harmful effects, such as increased exclusionary punishment in schools.” The authors are quick to point out that the evidence base isn’t strong, and “positive impacts have been reported for school policing, but they are fragmented and inconsistent across the studies.” Recommendations include paying closer attention to the selection of officers who work in schools and providing training specific to school policing job functions.

Police Training to Promote the Rule of Law and Protect the Population

February 24, 2022

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences on “Police Training to Promote the Rule of Law and Protect the Population” is available for download here. The purpose of the report, which builds on an organizing framework published earlier, is to offer guidance to international organizations that provide foreign assistance in support of police training in countries around the world, but its conclusions and recommendations apply domestically as well. The report starts with an important disclaimer: “training alone cannot undo or repair a culture of mistrust or corruption in a government or police institution. If training is decoupled from other core elements of police institutions, its effects can be minimal—or worse, they can be detrimental.” The report then offers 5 principles of training and emphasizes the importance of building police training on a foundation of evidence-based knowledge and skills.