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In Memphis, an Absence of Training, Accountability, Answers, and Justification

Viewing—and contemplating—the video recording of the deadly incident in Memphis is somewhat reminiscent of the scene in Apocalypse Now depicting Captain Benjamin Willard and Colonel Walter talking about the reason for their meeting in the jungle.

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10 Tips for a New Police Chief

Whether you are a new chief, having recently been promoted or selected for the position, or you are an experienced chief who has moved to a new agency, there are several steps you can take to set yourself, and your agency, up for success.

Is Texas DPS' Plan to Build $1.2 Billion Training Facility a Sound Strategy?

A new $1.2 billion facility in Florence, TX, appears at first glance to be pretty pricey, but if the new infrastructure ultimately serves all law enforcement agencies in the Lone Star State, the strategy certainly seems sound.

Heroism Amid Horror in the Human Response to California's Worst Wildfire

The 2018 Camp Fire became the costliest wildfire in California history with a total of 85 civilian deaths and an estimated $16.5 billion in damage. The public safety response to the rapidly unfolding disaster was—in totality— valiant and brave and seemingly superhuman even if at times wholly improvised.

3 Reminders for Police on "Toy" and "Replica" Weapons as Halloween Approaches

For years now, bad guys have been painting guns in neon colors to look like toys, while so-called "toys" have become so realistic that they're virtually indistinguishable from the real thing—especially in rapidly unfolding, high-stress situations.

Judge Rules DC Vax Mandate Unlawful, Potentially Enticing New Police Recruits

It remains to be seen whether the recruiting dilemma in the District will soon be fully solved—or if Mayor Bowser and Chief Contee will be saved by the court—but it is clear that there is a pressing need to have patrol officers working in the city on the Potomac.

Going Beyond Succession Planning: "Training Up" Policing's Next Generation

Succession planning should be introduced during recruiting and initial academy training, integrated into in-service training and career development, and influence overall employee retention objectives.

Retaining Great Police Professionals by Training Great Police Professionals

By investing in excellent training programs, police agencies can create pathways for career advancement that incentivize longer careers, cultivate future leaders for challenges that lay years or decades down the road, and ensure the best possible level of public safety in the community.

Aardvark Tactical Founder to Host Podcast on Elite Teams

After founding Aardvark at just 17, Becker built the company into one of the largest providers of tactical equipment in the world while also becoming an attorney with a focus on civil rights and police litigation.

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Training in the Era of De-Policing: FTOs Facing (and Overcoming) Challenges

Despite the challenges FTOs face today, Dan Greene—Executive Director of the National Association of Field Training Officers (NAFTO)—remains optimistic about where the profession is going, and how well FTOs are adjusting to the ever-changing landscape.

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