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Putting Experience to Work: The Value of a Formal Mentoring Program

Putting Experience to Work: The Value of a Formal Mentoring Program

Law enforcement agencies around the country have gotten smarter about who they hire and how they nurture individuals throughout their careers. One tool that has been proven to meet both goals is the development of formal mentoring programs for officers. Such programs can help increase the retention of new officers, help develop healthier officers, and improve agency morale. Learn how the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) built its mentoring program, how it uses mentoring in its recruiting efforts, and how its program has helped lower officer discipline rates by 40 percent.

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What Events Will You Attend This Year?

What Events Will You Attend This Year?

As a police officer, it's important to attend professional events every year to learn about new technologies, law enforcement best practices, as well as network with your fellow officers. While large national events like IACP have a lot to offer, be sure to check out smaller, regional events like INLETS. This year's program promises impressive speakers and outstanding educational sessions. What events will you attend this year?

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Compassion, Not Greed, Makes Us Vulnerable to Advanced Fee Fraud

Advanced fee fraud (AFF) consists of any type of empty promise of receiving money. The goal of the fraudster is to delude the victim into thinking they are buying into a lucrative arrangement. Unfortunately, such scams are increasingly succesful, with global losses rising from $3.88M in 2006 to $12.73M in 2013. So who are the victims of such scams? Learn more about the specific traits that increase a person’s risk of becoming a victim of AFF.

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States Can Save Money Prioritizing Education Over Incarceration

States Can Save Money Prioritizing Education Over Incarceration

The U.S. has 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. While spending on incarceration continues to increase, funding for education at every level—from Head Start to colleges and universities—continues to be cut each year. States now spend four times more per capita to incarcerate than to educate. Change must occur. Here's how states could save money by prioritizing spending on education over incarceration.

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Questionable Police Reform: New Orleans PD Axes Education Requirement

Questionable Police Reform: New Orleans PD Axes Education Requirement

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) decided on Feb. 9 that it will no longer require recruits to have 60 hours of college credit or two years of military experience. Leaders justified the action by saying the agency is understaffed and the education mandate made it too difficult to hire officers. For an agency that is currently undergoing the most sweeping police reform program ever enacted by the Department of Justice, is this really the best step towards improvement?

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FAA Releases Policies for Unmanned Aerial System Use in the National Airspace System

FAA Releases Policies for Unmanned Aerial System Use in the National Airspace System

This January, a personal unmanned aerial system (UAS) crashed on to the White House lawn. While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) intended to bring forward new regulations for the public and commercial use of UAS in 2015, this incident seems to have accelerated the timetable. On February 15, the FAA released proposed rule changes. What are the key components of the new proposed regulations and how could it impact law enforcement agencies across the country?

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Emergency Call Centers Bring Stress 24-7

Working in a 911 call center is stressful. The pace is nonstop and it can be overwhelming even for seasoned and resilient emergency dispatchers. Local and state governments have a responsibility to make sure that professional mental healthcare providers are available to serve not only police officers, firefighters and paramedics, but also 911 call takers and emergency dispatchers.

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