The Police Chief Update
November Issue
While it is generally recognized that education and training play important roles in the development of skilled law enforcement professionals, these areas are often more complex than many realize. Training programs in law enforcement cover topics ranging from constitutional policing and procedural justice to investigative techniques and tactical safety, and effective agencies need to be constantly exploring and evaluating which teaching methods and education options best support and safeguard their officers, communities, and organizations.
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Drawing on examples of successful procedural justice training from places like Chicago, Illinois; Queensland, Australia, and Manchester, England, the Norfolk, Virginia, Police Department developed a customized training program for its personnel and added a portion on the history of race relations to help officers learn from the past and understand how it has affected the degree of legitimacy they have in historically African American neighborhoods.
 
A renewed focus on officer safety and wellness has fueled interest in traditional police wellness resources such as peer support, employee assistance programs, and critical incident stress management. However, agencies should also consider nontraditional approaches such as Mindfulness Based Resilience Training (MBRT), which trains officers to cultivate resilience and enhance performance through training in self-awareness, self-regulation, and compassion.
 
No longer can trainers, middle managers, or police chiefs simply espouse in their academy curricula and training to “do the right thing,” because that approach is clearly not working. Redefining the mantra to “do the noble thing” removes the individual subjectivity in police decision-making and implies a requisite constitutional deliberation of alternatives. This concept of deliberation (ethical defensibility in policing) contemplates the ramifications of officers’ decisions and incorporates nobility within the profession.
 
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Forging Ahead: IACP’s Leadership Course for Women in Law Enforcement
 
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