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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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Pennsylvania Teens Hope Cadet Academy Leads to Career in Policing

Given today's staffing crisis, it's imperative that the profession not give up on giving interested young people every opportunity to explore policing.

How a College Police Department Uses Augmented Reality for Officer Training

In recent years, many agencies have begun to add to their mix of training tools Virtual Reality (VR) systems and devices. Some believe that the next step in that evolution is the use of Augmented Reality (AR) technology.

Alleged SBC Incident in Iowa Prompts Call for More Mental Health Training

A call for more training in the aftermath of the shooting death of a suicidal subject is an understandable reaction. The only logical next step, however, is to provide police departments with the resources necessary to fulfill that request.

3 More Not-So-Obvious Areas of Focus for Police Trainers in 2023

It's a worthwhile exercise to speak with officers, shift supervisors, academy instructors, and any other "stakeholder" in the organization to unearth and understand areas in which even the smallest most incremental improvement can be made through increased training.

Reconciling the Duality of Defunding the Police and Demanding Higher Standards

The public, the press, and the political elites make all sorts of noise about wanting the very best of the best from the police. This legitimate desire—demand, even—is at least in part delegitimized when it comes from the same people who have vilified and eviscerated the police for the past half-decade.

Agencies "Brace" for Annual Spate of Training to Enforce Newly Passed Laws

Ever-evolving laws governing both police and citizen behavior isn't news for which law enforcement agencies and/or officers must "brace" themselves, but it's also news that cannot be ignored.

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.

2022 in Review: 3 Police Leaders' Thoughts on the Recruiting & Retention Crisis

Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Executive Director Chuck Wexler, National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) President Patrick Yoes, and International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) Deputy Executive Director Brian Willis offer ideas on what many people believe was the most difficult challenge police leaders and trainers faced in 2022.

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2022 in Review: 3 General Trends Dominating the Headlines on Police Training

Over the past year, the news has largely tended to fall into three main categories: budgets/inflation, de-escalation training, and recruiting/retention—the ongoing focus on these three topics is entirely unsurprising.

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