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Police Officer Discretion…and Focusing Our Efforts on Better Outcomes

“While improvements in policing have usually resulted from revelations of wrongdoing or the documentation of inadequacies, it does not follow that public dissatisfaction has always produced change. With monotonous regularity, peaks of interest in the police have been followed at both national and local levels by the appointment of a group of citizens to examine the specific problem that has surfaced and to make recommendations for dealing with it. In the heat of the moment the appointment of such a group has often, by itself, been sufficient to reduce public anxiety.

Strength of Character: The Foundation of Working Together and Getting Things Done

“Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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A Major Problem We Must Confront as Police Trainers and Students: How To Improve Performance?

Carl Jung says “affective learning is a product of both education and training. It’s a change in behavior as a result of experience. Learning clearly includes training and education. How we perceive is highly related to how we think and learn and to what we know. Evidence shows we have preferences for using one mode of apprehension, thinking, and evaluation over others and that such preferences are ‘hard-wired,’ but not beyond our control. We can learn to alternative ‘world views’ clearly distinct from our own and then begin viewing the world as others do.

Conflict and Crisis are Full of Friction: The Force That Makes the Apparently Easy so Difficult

Friction in decision making s its often portrayed in conflict as a simple concept to understand. Viewing a video tape over and over and 20/20 hindsight, seem to have this impact on those watching media reports or nowadays, officer patrol car or body cameras.  But in practice, because of the countless factors that impinge on it, dealing with conflict becomes extremely difficult.

Fire Nobody! by Dave Smith

I have been following Dave Smith and his police advice for more than 30 years. It is sound advice I know every cop can learn from. This piece hits on an important topic "taking responsibility" I have often been heard stating, that in, in my fantasy police department those that worked there would take JOY in RESPONSIBILITY. Actually long for responsibility. Crave it! After-all talking about officer safety is just that...Talk. We can and must do better! Don't let Officer Nobody be you! Here is the piece in its entirety:

 

Teaching United States Marine Instructors New Tricks: Developing Adaptability Through Experiential Learning

We Make Marines

“Some military commanders do not know how to adjust their methods. They can find an advantageous position. Still they cannot use their men effectively.” ~ Sun Tzu, The Art Of War 8:1.19-21

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