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Academies: Pay Your Way or Wait?

January 13, 2009

I get this question nearly every week regarding the academy: Should I wait to get hired or should I pay my way? There are some states that will allow a candidate to attend the academy without being hired by an agency. You are deemed as "pre-service" and you pay your own way. There are pros and cons to each path.

NYPD's Kelly Will Keep Crime Rate Down Despite Budget Cuts, Fewer Officers

December 4, 2008
The NYPD canceled its next police academy class of 1,067 rookie cops to save $36 million, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told the council's finance and public safety committees.

The Meaning of Training Certification

April 23, 2008
The idea that once we "certify" someone, we are somehow guaranteeing that person's competency is a subtext that runs throughout the law enforcement profession. And it's not accurate.

Teach with Less Talk, More Action

April 18, 2008
Training should be more of an exchange of ideas, and less of a lecture. What officer students really like is more interactive training, and less "talking at them."

The State of American Law Enforcement - Teaching to the Test

March 1, 2008

One thing that's clear from the statistics is that law enforcement is becoming a more dangerous occupation. Which begs the question: Is the training that the average law enforcement officer receives adequate enough to help him or her counter the threats presented by the job?

NYPD Academy Graduates More Than 900 Officers

December 28, 2007
More than 900 new NYPD officer graduated from the Police Academy this week at a ceremony in Madison Square Garden.

What Didn't They Teach Me In The Academy?

November 1, 2007

Those were heady days, when the excitement of graduating from the police academy and "hitting the streets" was awaited with great anticipation.

Treat the Academy as a Job

July 25, 2007

If you are getting ready to attend the academy, I want to share with you a philosophy that can help lead to academic success: Treat the academy as a full-time job. This premise may sound simple, nearly an overstatement of the obvious, but following this philosophy will give you focus throughout the academy.

Classroom Management

July 16, 2007
Every instructor has had the unpleasant experience of dealing with that one individual, usually sitting in the back row, who disrupts the entire class. Often these problem learners are the last ones to class, the ones returning late from breaks, and the first ones with an excuse why they have to leave early.

The Importance of Being Responsive to Crime Victims

October 1, 2000

The costs and consequences of crime can be measured in different ways.  When measured in dollar amounts, for example, crime costs more than 100 billion dollars annually for lost property, medical bills, and work absenteeism.  These costs are tangible measures of the heavy toll that crime exacts on our country's residents.

The Graduate: Harvey Makes the Grade

August 1, 2000
The Southern Police Institute, located on the grounds of the University of Louisville, as a division of the Department of Justice Administration, College of Arts and Sciences, recently graduated 57 men and women from its 103rd Administrative Officers Course.
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