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November Issue  
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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 practice of ruling out applicants is frequently used by law enforcement agencies during the candidate selection process. Often, agencies will perform a myriad of pre-hire examinations; however, the process of “ruling out” applicants based upon flaws does not equate to “selecting in” candidates who possess the desired qualities found in successful law enforcement officers. The Florida Highway Patrol examined data collected about candidates, recruits, and career success to strategize how to pick successful candidates for their academy.

One of the primary objectives of technical colleges is to provide the training and education required for students to best ensure their success in the workplace. A vital ingredient to realizing this objective is determining early on what professional interests and abilities individual students possess. Criminal justice students may have numerous career objectives; therefore, technical and community colleges have to be prepared to present their students with a multipurpose curriculum to meet the students’ aspirations.

It is widely known among psychologists and sociologists that youth respond to certain tactics differently than adults. If officers are to have positive, nonviolent interactions with youth, they need youth-specific training on de-escalation techniques and the latest scientific findings on adolescents. Law enforcement cannot fight its way out of its current reputation with youth and their communities. Officers can, however, learn smarter and safer ways to engage and supportively control troubled, angry, or aggressive youth.



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The Year Ahead

Sentencing Reform Legislation Introduced

Operation SPIDRE: Maryland’s Approach to High-Visibility Enforcement of Impaired Driving Laws

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