Changing American policing begins with who agencies hire and how they are trained. While there has been considerable attention paid in recent years to improving police recruiting, the way new officers are trained has changed very little. As the policing profession enters a time of enormous change and challenges, as well as greater expectations and scrutiny from the public, it is critical police academy training change too. The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) has been examining the current state of police academy training in the United States, including through a national survey of police leaders. In addition, PERF has been studying pockets of innovations in police training, both nationally and internationally, and developing a set of guiding principles for moving police academy training forward. This webinar will summarize PERF’s work in this area and present its major findings and recommendations.
Attendees of this webinar will learn about the following:
- The results of a national survey of police leaders on the current state of police academy training.
- Innovative approaches that some academies are taking with respect to overall training philosophy, curriculum, and instructors.
- Best practices in integrating academy and field training for new officers.
- Guiding principles on what the police academy of the future should look like and how it should operate.
Other Webinars with this Presenting Organization
- March 16: Local Strategies To Combat the Global Problem of Human Trafficking
- April 1: Police Response to Homelessness
- Sept 28: Re-imagining Police Academy Training (this webinar)
- Oct 7: Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles
The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is an independent research organization that focuses on critical issues in policing. Since its founding in 1976, PERF has identified best practices on fundamental issues such as reducing police use of force; developing community policing and problem-oriented policing; using technologies to deliver police services to the community; and evaluating crime reduction strategies. Through its membership of 3,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, researchers and other officials, PERF strives to advance professionalism in policing and to improve the delivery of police services through the exercise of strong national leadership; public debate of police and criminal justice issues; and research and policy development.