The education and training of police officers fulfills many essential roles. Appropriate education and training can improve tactical skills, increase officer safety and well-being, serve as a legal defense, build skills such as empathy and discretionary decision making, and enhance police legitimacy. It can come in many forms—college degree programs, police academies, in-service training, and specific courses and modules designed for law enforcement—but it’s of importance to all officers, from executive personnel to recruits.
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The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Visiting Fellows program allows the association to create a collaborative environment at headquarters (HQ) where professional staff and active ...
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