5 thoughts on “Happy Graduation Day!

  1. LEO says:

    “On average, police spend nearly one-third of their training on combat tactics. Many law enforcement training curricula focus on preparing for the potential of a threat or threats derived from statistically singular or anecdotal events. This heavily impacts the perceptions, biases, opinions, and attitudes that law enforcement officers carry into their interactions with the public. Absent immediate criminal justice training reform, we will all remain complicit in the racially biased, stereotypical depictions and dehumanization of African Americans, and other minorities, that provoke a falsely-heightened, adversarial perception of threat.” (The Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform) https://www.trainingreform.org/the-wrong-training
    Calling Someone Other Than the Cops : Many kinds of urban disorder would be better addressed by people who aren’t police officers. (2015) https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/05/calling-someone-other-than-the-cops/392378/

  2. Copper says:

    “American Police Are Inadequately Trained : Officers in the United States don’t get as much instruction as police in other rich countries.” https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2021/04/daunte-wright-and-crisis-american-police-training/618649/
    Also: “…New officers are often paired with field-training officers, but many of those officers learned the wrong techniques themselves, and are passing them along to their trainees. Derek Chauvin, who was convicted on Tuesday of murder, was acting as a field-training officer when he killed George Floyd. Kim Potter, who shouted “Taser! Taser! Taser!” before fatally shooting Daunte Wright with her pistol last week, was also acting as a field-training officer at the time.
    The Marshall Project recently looked at 10 big-city police departments and found that most allow officers who have faced allegations of aggressive behavior to become trainers; one academic study found that officers whose trainers had a history of citizen complaints were more likely to draw complaints themselves in their first two years on the job.
    Better training alone can’t solve every problem with American policing. But because officers are licensed to use force against their fellow citizens, they should at least be equipped to use it wisely.”

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