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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.

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Using (and/or Avoiding) Legends, Lies, Myths, and Misinformation in Training

There's usefulness in things like Tueller's "21-foot rule" and "Pence's pockets" as teaching tools—as long as the person providing the instruction concedes that the lessons are built on legend.

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.

Developing Decision-Making in Police Training: The Bad, the Good, and the "Sexy"

Judgment and decision-making are pretty much the top two cognitive capabilities a law enforcement professional must possess. Fortunately, judgement decision-making ability can be trained—and possibly even fixed.

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.

Building Real-life Shooting Speed and Accuracy

Firearms training for law enforcement officers should include speed and accuracy. Both are critical in a gunfight.

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.

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Virginia's Expedited Academies for Out-of-State Laterals and the Worth of Water

When contemplating Virginia's action to attract laterals with a foreshortened academy stint, the sayings "Robbing Peter to pay Paul" and "Missing the forest for the trees" come immediately and inevitably to mind.

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