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Protest Response – How to Fill the Policy Gaps and Train for Bias-Free Situational Awareness

Published on January 11, 2021

Protest Response – How to Fill the Policy Gaps and Train for Bias-Free Situational Awareness
  The nation exploded into protests and violence after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police officers during the spring and summer of 2020. Covered heavily by the media, image after image showed police in riot gear, buildings on fire, citizens under arrest, and heightened tensions. Protests were conflated … Continued

Get In the Zone! Two Simple Steps Police Leaders Can Take to Provide Learning Zone Opportunities

Published on December 16, 2020

Get In the Zone! Two Simple Steps Police Leaders Can Take to Provide Learning Zone Opportunities
  The performance zone—as discussed in Part 1—is where we are comfortable: the zone where we strive to execute our job to the best of our abilities, concentrate on what we have mastered and minimize mistakes. But in order to improve skills in all areas of law enforcement, including de-escalation and discernment in use-of-force, we … Continued

The Learning Zone: “THIS IS THE WAY”

Published on December 9, 2020

The Learning Zone: “THIS IS THE WAY”
  Most law enforcement officers choose that career path because they want an exciting and interesting career—one in which they can help people in society and address injustice. This empathetic drive to help people reinforces a drive to do it perfectly every time; the very nature of a civil servant’s position is to protect human … Continued

Incorporating Resilience into USAF Security Forces Training – A Model for Police Leaders

Published on November 24, 2020

Incorporating Resilience into USAF Security Forces Training – A Model for Police Leaders
  The Defender job is stressful—arguably one of the hardest jobs in the military today. In addition to meeting the basic obligations of being an airman, maintaining proficiency in skills ranging from first aid and marksmanship to continuing education and requirements for promotion, they have the added requirement of displaying unfaltering professionalism in moments of … Continued

LASD Transit Services Bureau Addresses Mental Health and Homeless Crisis

Published on November 17, 2020

  LOS ANGELES — The Transit Services Bureau, or TSB, is part of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and it serves more than 1,400 square miles of the L.A. County Metro. TSB is expanding one of its programs to help address the growing mental health and homeless crisis in the area. T-MET stands for … Continued

Train to Standard, Not to Time (Even When Time is Limited)

Published on November 13, 2020

Train to Standard, Not to Time (Even When Time is Limited)
  As more explicit police-training mandates are being passed nation-wide, legislators are desperate to set minimum training guidelines while remaining mindful that time for police training is limited and dwindling. As Mark Logan, PhD, and Assistant Director (Ret.), Office of Training and Professional Development, U.S. Department of Justice points out in Police Chief (July 2020, … Continued

Duty to Intervene – Three Challenges According to Science and How to Overcome Them

Published on November 2, 2020

Duty to Intervene – Three Challenges According to Science and How to Overcome Them
  There are many lenses through which the duty to intervene can be viewed: courts consider it law, agencies consider it policy, intellectuals consider it ethics, and modern societies consider it bystander responsibility. Regardless of the lens, officers have a legal, moral, and societal obligation to take action when observing a colleague acting with excessive … Continued
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