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2022 in Review: Police Trainers Speak Out on the Year's Toughest Challenges

Responding to an informal—and totally unscientific—poll, law enforcement educators and trainers from around the country pointed to shrinking budgets and increasing anti-police sentiment, but paramount in the list of challenges facing them in the past 12 months was officer recruiting and retention.

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Atlanta PD Rolls Out Take-Home Program, New Car Design

Officers voiced a desire for a take-home vehicle program, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens explained. It doesn't just have benefits to the officers, either. Dickens said seeing vehicles parked around the community brings people a sense of safety and security.

On Thanksgiving, Have a Healthy Heaping of Happy (Not a Holiday Headache)

Holiday get-togethers are making something of a comeback, so you're headed over the river and through the woods to "Grandmother's house" for the traditional Thanksgiving Holiday gathering. In case the dinner conversation turns contentious, here's a small collection of short jokes and one-liners to break the tension when the food fight is about to begin.

Focusing on Officer Mental Health During National Emotional Wellness Month

Understanding the importance of emotional wellness is simple. Achieving emotional wellness is an entirely different matter. Improving officers' emotional wellness is well worth the effort.

Command, Morale, and Humor in Dark Times

Some levity would be good right around the time you send your troops off into the wilderness to fight crime, write reports, and say inappropriate things over an open microphone.

Pennsylvania Department Struggling to Put Even One Officer on Shift

The Colwyn (PA) Police Department has had significant attrition due to early retirements of officers, placing the agency in a spot where they may only have one officer on duty per shift in a community of 2,600 residents.

(Video) Building Morale Through Active, Positive Leadership

Morale in the ranks rises when there are thoughtful, active, positive leaders up and down the chain of command. Sgt. Steve Fish of the Racine (WI) Police Department discusses how leadership can be found.

A Tale of Two Trends: Police Supporters… and Unsupported Police

Several news items in the past couple of weeks clearly demonstrate two trends we've known for years to exist—that police supporters do exist, and where police are not supported, policing suffers.

Killing Police Morale

Verbal and physical attacks on officers are taking a toll on the officers and on the nation's safety.

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Detroit Chief Eliminates Mandatory 12-Hour Shifts

Detroit Police officers will not longer be required to work three 12-hour shifts, newly appointed Chief James Craig announced today. Beginning Oct. 14, Detroit PD officers will begin working eight-hour shifts.

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