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Excessive or Necessary? Educating the Public and Officers on Proper Use of Force

Excessive or Necessary? Educating the Public and Officers on Proper Use of Force

While there are police officers who may “willfully and wrongfully” utilize excessive force, use of force is often caused by the inability of police—either the individual officer or the organization—to employ better solutions when dealing with certain violent situations. Make no mistake, use of force by police is often necessary. When used within the context of the law and under the correct circumstances, force is most certainly appropriate. Here are suggestions about how agencies can enhance training of officers and better educate the public, as well as the media, on the proper use of force and what that might entail.

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Education, money

How to Pay for Your Criminal Justice Degree

Besides your house, one of the largest expenses you are likely to incur is paying for your college degree. Research studies show police officers who have earned a college degree demonstrate better overall job performance. But earning that degree can be expensive. Here are resources to help you pay for college including loans, grants, scholarships, employer assistance programs, and more.  

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Want a Job or Promotion? Start by Building Your Personal Brand

Whether you want to be hired by a police department, transferred to another unit, or get promoted, you have to attract the attention of those who can help get you where you want to go. It is important to stand out among the crowd. First, you have to figure out who you are, which is, in essence, your personal brand. Here are some steps to help you identify your brand and use it to market yourself for that next career or promotion opportunity.

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Carrie Kahn Courtney

Critical Incident Stress Management Interventions Help Heal First Responders

Officer-involved shootings, line-of-duty deaths and injuries, child victims, employee suicide, and mass-casualty incidents are all events that can trigger traumatic-stress disorders for first responders. If post-traumatic stress is not addressed, it can often lead to faulty decision making, increased disciplinary problems, tardiness, on-the-job accidents, citizen complaints, and officer turnover.

Agencies need to take proactive steps to help officers heal by implementing a critical incident stress management (CISM) program to mitigate long-term mental-health issues for first responders.

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Legalizing marijuana

What Law Enforcement Can Learn from Marijuana Legalization in Colorado

Law enforcement agencies around the country must learn from the impacts of Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana so they are prepared for similar legislation in their own communities. “The sea has shifted about marijuana whether you like it or not,” Pete Dunbar told a group of California law enforcement leaders. “You might not want to have it legalized, but learn from Colorado and look what could happen when you don’t think legislation will pass.” Read more about how agencies must advocate for funding to train police officers about marijuana laws as well as set up data collection systems to track the impacts of such legislation.

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Strengthen Your Agency by Planning for Your Replacement

Strengthen Your Agency by Planning for Your Replacement

If your police chief got hit by a bus tomorrow, would someone in your agency be ready to step into his or her role? Police chiefs need to start thinking of succession planning as a critical function of the job and work to identify and develop future leaders to avoid a leadership crisis in the agency. One of the first, and often most difficult aspects of succession planning, is asking chiefs to disclose his or her retirement plans. Learn more.

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Serving Our Country to Serving Time: The Rise and Value of Veteran Treatment Courts

Serving Our Country to Serving Time: The Rise and Value of Veteran Treatment Courts

Many of our veterans experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of trauma suffered during their military service. Such disorders can adversely influence a veteran’s ability to control behavior and can lead to impulsivity, disinhibition, anger, and aggression. Unfortunately, such behavior can contribute to veterans violating the law. Learn more about the creation of veteran treatment courts, which provide the criminal justice system a way to respond proactively by assisting veterans rather than punishing them.

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