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How Field Training Officers Influence Police Department Culture

Posted by Pierce Smith on Jun 11, 2019 9:35:50 AM

A police department is essentially a small community. Departments are predisposed to sharing ideas, norms, attitudes, ethics, and values. Some may value proactivity and arrests, while other departments may value community action and non-enforcement contacts. 

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Using Technology to Advance Police Legitimacy

Posted by Pierce Smith on May 23, 2019 12:01:49 PM

Sir Robert Peel, the so-called father of modern policing, was early to identify that public trust would be essential to his vision’s success. Both before and after Peel, political theorists have written piles of books and papers on the relationship between people with authority and the people willinglysubject to it. 

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Agency Accreditation: What to consider before pursuing it for your department

Posted by Pierce Smith on May 2, 2019 10:07:32 AM

Many professions and industries (e.g., schools, hospitals, manufacturers, software providers) use accreditation to define and distribute policy standards based on the experience and authority of the accrediting body. Beyond the pragmatic benefit of access to best practices, accreditation signals that a company or organization wants to align itself to proven, and quality assured, modes of operating. Some believe it can serve, “as a credible sign of departmental competence, and building a reputation for competence can benefit the department…and the city as a whole.”

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Why and How (Most) Police Departments Should Go Paperless

Posted by Pierce Smith on Apr 16, 2019 10:14:38 AM

It's likely no child has ever spent a wish on becoming a paper pusher, but it's an unavoidable part of nearly every job. Some companies, like those serving other businesses or selling goods directly to consumers, have pivoted to cloud-based document management, while others, namely government agencies and organizations serving the public, continue along the paper trail.

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How Police Executives Can Use New Technology to Comply with State Laws

Posted by Pierce Smith on Apr 4, 2019 9:09:19 AM

In a 2017 study, the Vera Institute published a study on state-level police reform. They found two goals drove the majority of new laws: increase police confidence and improve police safety. Between 2015 and 2016, "34 states and the District of Columbia enacted at least 79 bills, executive orders, or resolutions . . .to change some aspect of policing policy or practice." When looking at the entire data set, researchers identified three outcome categories for the new legislation: "improve policing practices; document police operations; and increase accountability in police use of force cases."

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Why You Should Align Evidence-Based Policing with Your Training

Posted by Pierce Smith on Mar 25, 2019 10:17:55 AM

Evidence-based practice is not unique to policing. In fact, its proponents belong to a variety of professions, including medicine, management and public policy. For example,  in the late 90's , medical educators began to advocate for "Best Evidence Medical Education." The movement emerged to promote medical training developed  through "intellectual rigor" rather than 'intuition and tradition.' (Source)

Sound familiar? 

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How to Develop Goals for Your In-Service Learning Management System

Posted by Pierce Smith on Mar 14, 2019 1:26:38 PM

Training doesn't have a sterling record in the business world. Studies have found that after one hour, people forget more than 50% of a lesson. 

This isn't necessarily new information, either. In the 19th century, German Psychologist, Hermann Ebbinghaus, published research demonstrating "The Forgetting Curve." He found that humans forget 40% of what they learn within 20 minutes.

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Police FTO Software: What Should It Do for Your Department?

Posted by Pierce Smith on Mar 7, 2019 9:31:05 AM

You've heard the saying, "Those who can't do, teach." That might be true for an aspiring actor turned high school drama instructor, but when it comes to field training officers (FTOs), it's typically an agency's top performers who are chosen to teach your department's recruits.

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5 Ways Law Enforcement Can Use People Data

Posted by Pierce Smith on Feb 28, 2019 8:48:17 AM

You already know your department produces a lot of data. As we shared in a previous post, researchers from the University of Chicago identified seven areas of data that provide law enforcement leaders with actionable insight: 

  • Training and Certifications
  • An Officer’s On-Duty Activity
  • Use-of-Force Incidents
  • Internal Affairs Review and Case Management
  • Community Engagement
  • Performance Evaluations
  • Officer Profile – a LEO’s historic and holistic record
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People Data: What It Is and How Police Departments Can Use It

Posted by Pierce Smith on Feb 21, 2019 4:42:57 PM

People produce a lot of data. How much is a lot of data? Research company IDC , “estimates that by 2025, approximately 80 billion devices will be connected to the internet and the total amount of digital data generated worldwide will hit 180 zettabytes.”

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