Archive for the ‘Police Training’ Category

COVID-19 LE dashboard & updates

April 6, 2020

The National Police Foundation offers a variety of COVID-19 resources for law enforcement on this website. A dashboard that is updated in real time currently reports information from agencies representing over 83,000 personnel — of those, 6% are unable to work and 1.4% have been diagnosed. Of about 400 reporting agencies, 45% say they lack sufficient PPE, with N95 respirators most in need. The site also offers links to guidance from the CDC, IACP, DHS and many other sources.

Fast-tracking recruit graduation in Ireland

March 21, 2020

Ireland has fast-tracked graduation of 319 new police in response to the Covid-19 emergency, as reported here. Some had completed as little as 5-6 weeks of the 32-week Gardai academy. An additional 125 academy instructors have been reassigned to front-line duties, and shift length has been expanded to 12 hours. The staffing increase is hoped to off-set anticipated sick leave from infected members, and to help with enforcement of emergency powers.

Policing homelessness

March 14, 2020

This guide from Arnold Ventures summarizes evidence about homelessness and provides recommendations for police. Suggestions include fostering collaboration, using data, providing training, and using a problem-oriented approach. The document offers examples from Philadelphia and Wichita, explains the negative consequences of punitive measures, and lists talking points for police to use with the public.

Lost revenue for police training

March 4, 2020

Illinois is among the states that uses traffic fines and court costs to partially fund police training. As reported here, legislative changes aimed at making fines and fees more fair for lower income drivers have caused a significant drop in revenue. The state’s training and standards board is $5 million short since last summer, leading it to raise what it charges agencies for entry-level and in-service training. Medium size agencies are facing increased costs in the $50,000-$100,000 range in the middle of the their budget cycles.

Art, perception, and policing

February 3, 2020

New York and Chicago PDs have incorporated fine art in training aimed at enhancing perception skills and overcoming bias, as reported here. One CPD commander notes “By training in the art field, your brain tends to adapt and see things in a way [other] people might not see,” including learning not to make quick assumptions about what you observe. The historian who teaches “The Art of Perception” says “In this disengaged world that we’re living in, art from the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries still has the power to engage people to look more carefully.”

Fixing VPSO in Alaska

January 29, 2020

Alaska created the Village Public Safety Officer program 40 years ago as a way to provide police, fire, and EMS services in remote rural villages. In recent years the program has fallen on hard times with fewer than half the number of officers from just 8 years ago, leaving many villages unserved. This article reports the state legislature is now considering a number of recommendations to reinvigorate the program.

Pros and cons of firearms simulators

January 21, 2020

A news reporter reviews his experience using a local agency’s firearms simulator in this article. He learned that use-of-force situations can be unpredictable and fast-changing, but he also felt that the simulation operator frequently chose worst-case branching options. The result can be “negative training” — officers try deescalation but end up getting shot, learning that “It doesn’t matter what I do.” Instead, according to one expert, “The scenario should be driven by the choices of the officer and not the operator,” so that good judgment is reinforced.

District-level RTCCs in Chicago

December 7, 2019

This new RAND report assesses the implementation and impact of district-level Real-Time Crime Centers (also called Strategic Decision Support Centers) in Chicago. The study found modest effects on serious crime and concluded that the Centers are “a promising model for improving law enforcement agencies’ awareness of their communities, improving their decision making, and carrying out more effective and more efficient operations that lead to crime reductions and other policing benefits.” It was noted that the initial emphasis has mainly been on support for reactive patrol responses, leading to a recommendation “to expand and formalize SDSC support for crime investigations. There is also a need to expand the districts’ responses to crime issues, including by gaining trust with residents and having positive community interactions with them to get information to reduce or solve crimes.”

2019 POP winner — Durham UK

November 25, 2019

UK’s Durham Constabulary won the 2019 Herman Goldstein Award at the recent Problem-Oriented Policing Conference in Santa Cruz, California for its Checkpoint deferred prosecution initiative. Low-level adult offenders are offered a 4-month tailor-made program aimed at “underlying issues such as their mental health, alcohol and drug misuse.” A rigorous evaluation found only a 5.6% re-offending rate during the 4-month contract and a 27% lower 2-year re-offending rate compared to traditional out-of-court measures.

Emergency medical training for police

November 11, 2019

This article describes an advanced 4-day training program for Seattle police officers already certified as EMTs. The training is “tailored for law enforcement officers who must first secure a violent scene before rendering aid, even amid the panic following an event like a mass shooting.” Nationally there is growing awareness that police need more than basic first aid and CPR training in order to save lives in the immediate aftermath of shootings — including the public and also their own life and those of other officers.