Policing a Free Society the Book

Devising Solutions to Complex Police Problems: How Can We Get Better?

Over the years of facilitating scenario based learning with police, I have continually evolved programs of instruction in a way that I feel based on input from, the students in class and other sources that focus their efforts on the development of people I know are using the techniques and reaching the outcomes they seek, when handling crisis situations.

Understanding Problems Range in Complexity and Designing Police Operations

“There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite, the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing to play.” ~James Carse, Finite and Infinite Games

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.

We Can't Just Use the Same Mental Recipes Over and Over Again: In Police Training We Must Challenge The Prevailing Mindset

I just finished up facilitating the sergeants leadership course which is heavily focused on developing adaptability and uses experiential learning and tools for learning such as tactical decision games, and case studies is designed to teach the “how-to” teach inspiring leaders how to be adaptive. It also includes discussion on the main tool used in this approach, the development and use of scenarios to improve decision making for police leaders leading thinking police officers. I love teaching this class as it always is evolving and those participating take home confidence in themselves.

An Officer’s Principal Weapon is His Mind: Professional Development In Policing

Professional police development is designed to develop creative, thinking officers, who will eventually become leaders, leading thinking officers. My definition of a professional police development is not solely about formal education although this is part of it. My definition is focused more on professional development and job focused training. Professional police education is also very much about the autodidacts those self learners who strive to reach high levels of professionalism on their own.

The Art of Police Training is the Ability to Move Officers Through the Fog and Complexity of Human Interaction

The purpose of all police training is to develop officers that can solve societies complex problems. The fundamental objectives of policing (also referred to as the mission of the police or the core functions of policing) are the ultimate purposes for which police agencies have been created. Herman Goldstein was one of a number of scholars who recognized and articulated the breadth and complexity of the police mission.

Informative Fair and Impartial Podcast: Do the legal rules for using deadly force, still make sense?

I found the Criminal Injustice with David A. Harris page today and listened to Episode 32 Do the legal rules for using deadly force, set by the Supreme Court in the 1980s, still make sense? Do they protect the officer and the public, or is it time to change how police make the decision to take a life? I found the discussion between David A.

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