The Police Chief Update
October Issue
The education and training of law enforcement officers fulfill many essential roles. Appropriate education and training can improve tactical skills, increase officer safety and well-being, serve as a legal defense, build “soft” skills such as empathy and 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 important to all officers, from executive personnel to recruits.
 
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The scope and magnitude of 21st century policing challenges—community-police relations controversies, dynamic information sharing, and a sensational 24-hour news cycle—require a proportional response, and advanced education is proving to be a powerful part of the solution.
 
When executed according to a purposeful and organized method, interpersonal skills training for officers has the potential to change the culture of law enforcement. If law enforcement officers do not take steps to give interpersonal skills training a central place in the law enforcement curriculum, the divide between the police and the public will become even more pronounced.
 
First responders play a key role in investigating or preventing crimes against older citizens. However, the detection and assessment of elder abuse is not systematic. The Integrated Police Response for Abused Seniors (IPRAS) is a three-year action research project that has developed, tested, and implemented a police intervention model to counter the mistreatment of older adults.
 
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