Allegations of excessive force and “police brutality” are at an all time high in America right now. This leads many officers to fall into a trap that makes it MORE likely they will receive an excessive force complaint. As a Defensive Tactics and Use of Force instructor for my department, I see a lot of use of force reports. I feel there are three factors that will greatly affect the outcome of an officer’s use of force complaints. Continue reading “Three Tactics to Avoid Excessive Force Complaints”
One of the most commonly asked questions is, “What should I go to school for? Do I need a degree in criminal justice?” On the surface the answer is, “No.” But…it can also be yes. Let me explain what education really means when pursuing that career in corrections or law enforcement! Many criminal justice programs make it sound like not only do you need a degree in CJ to be hired, but that getting said degree somehow mystically bestows upon you the knowledge and experience to instantly fight crime and leap buildings in a single bound. Continue reading “Law Enforcement and the Criminal Justice Degree”
Recently, I was contacted by Frank who wanted to know about any tips I had on passing the Police Academy. Frank said:
I saw your post on officer.com and it seemed to somewhat relate to what I’m going through to an extent. I was in the academy for about 3 months. Continue reading “Q&A: Academic Failures in the Police Academy”
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Figuring out where to get started can be frustrating and honestly a bit overwhelming. Do you really have a good idea of what you’re getting involved with? How do you find out? There is tons of information on the internet on law enforcement and even the hiring process, yet it is scattered and often doesn’t make much sense to those just starting out. What can I do NOW to either start preparing myself, or better educate myself about the realities of a cop job? Continue reading “What should I do first before applying for a cop job?”