Why Police Training Must be Reformed

Why Police Training Must be Reformed

It seems that when you read a news story about most often times it does not involve someone in a situation who was ever an actual threat to the officers life.  While police lives can be put in very dangerous life threatening situations it is also just as important that they have the skills and knowledge to handle basic self defense and the stress of the every day situations they often encounter.  An opportunity to increase self defense training is as simple as giving this more time and balance it to the reality they will face more non life threatening individuals in their “daily beat” situations than the less frequent suspect with a gun.

Police training is also problematic. Currently, training focuses too much on firearm skills and omits vital exposure to non-lethal weapons and conflict management. The median time of basic recruit training is 18 weeks, not counting field training. Nationally, police departments spend an average of 60 hours on firearms training and 44 hours on self-defense. Less deadly weapons, like Tasers, can be alternatives to guns. But agencies only provide an average of 8 hours of training for Tasers, which is only 25 percent of the necessary training required according to manufacturers.

 

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