Where To From Here?

What lies ahead for police in America? What must they do?

Here’s some leadership suggestions, some areas in which a modern police organizations needs to engage with officers and those whom they serve:

  • Work to get much closer to members of the community; especially those who have the most contact with your officers.

 

  • Practice Procedural Justice inside the department as well as outside with the community.

 

  • Go through each one of the 59 recommendations made by the President’s Task Force for 21st Century Policing.

 

  • Raise the current low standard of force currently in Graham v. Connor. Do this through policing development and training. Follow PERF’s recommendations on use of force.

 

  • Reduce injuries and deaths of persons mentally ill through training and development of less-than-deadly methods of intervention.

 

  • Survey your “customers;” those who have had contact with your officers as to their satisfaction and level of trust so improvements in these areas can be documented and shared with the community.

 

  • Increase training in managing and de-escalating conflict situations and “stand-offs.” Spend as much time doing this as you do training with firearms.

 

  • Set the 4-year college degree as an entrance requirement. No exceptions; to be a cop you need to be a learned person.

 

  • Agree that the “method” of policing our democracy is a combination of community and problem-oriented policing. No program — rather the way policing is conducted.

 

  • Require your training academy to be committed to adult-based learning and operated on principles of procedural justice. Policing is not a military operation and a “boot camp” training methods need to be left to training soldiers, not cops.

 

  • Work to make “peer intervention” and respect for life agreed-upon organizational values and practices and part of the subculture of policing.

 

  • Be a voice in your community to improve the lives of those disadvantaged in our society with regard to education, jobs and non-discrimination.

 

  • Set a goal to have police agencies reflect the community they serve in terms of race and gender.

 

  • Speak out and work for better control of firearms — this is an officer, as well as citizen, safety issue.

 

  • Have programs and policies in place to effectively respond to police officer health and wellness matters. “Officer safety” needs to address issues of PTSD, divorce, family problems, death of a spouse or child, and other stressful events in an officer’s life.

5 Comments

  1. “Be a voice in your community to improve the lives of those disadvantaged in our society with regard to education, jobs and non-discrimination.”

    I agreed with that statement since police officers have spent too much time being a private police force for wealthy people and corporations. They need to start getting more politically active in supporting politicians who want a better society for everyone, not just certain groups.

    “Speak out and work for better control of firearms — this is an officer, as well as citizen, safety issue.”

    Right now in Congress, there is a bill titled Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 about loosening up the concealed carry weapons where people can take their concealed guns from one state to another. It just pass in the House of Representatives a day ago. Where are the police unions and why are they not screaming about it?

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      1. I agree with you about the bill Reverend Couper, but are any police chiefs, FBI guys, sheriffs, and police unions publicly speaking out against the bill and telling Congress that if they pass this law, the police officers of America will see to it that those politicians will be voted out of office?

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