Force week 5 discussion 2
Questions often arise regarding how to maintain a well-trained police force
after the initial academy training. In your discussion, address the following:
What is the functional goal for the completion of in-service
What is the importance of instructional methodology?
Provide an example of desirable methods of training for
Why is instructional debriefing an important training
What does instructional debriefing accomplish with regards
to effective training?
In-service training is one of
the law enforcement agency’s important responsibilities. Its completion
therefore aimed at fulfilling a set of training goals. It ensures ell-trained officers are better equipped to act decisively and
correct and better personnel’s productivity and effectiveness. It also
nourishes a sense of cooperation and unity of purpose and providing safeguards
for being legally accountable for actions of personnel.
Learning methodologies are important towards effective teaching and
the learning process. There is therefore the need to identify the best
instructional models for law enforcers’ training needs. Going by the legal
movement towards officers’ accountability to their actions, training methodologies
should be geared at providing the highest standards of education for increasing
efficiency and effectiveness in training.
Police officers are influenced by
the organizational structures and the attendant formal and informal values,
beliefs, norms, rituals, and the expectations of other officers that are handed
down through the organizational culture. For example, veteran officers over the
years have refined the standard rituals and approaches during traffic stops and
the explanation to drivers before issuance of tickets.
The use of training tools like
tactical decision games and reviews after action are rare in the training of
law enforcement agents. However, instructional debriefings should not be used
only when some catastrophe has happened like the death of an officer in the
line of duty. Debriefing can be use as an important tool during training to
have a force that is efficient and able to make decisions and use sound tactics
in resolving critical situations, recording and reporting them accurately
and Worrall, 2012).
As stated in
O’Keefe (2004) “Political will, civil liability, administrative policies and
procedures, and negative discipline alone will not effectively change police
behavior, but education and training will” (p. 258). Our country has
struggled to adapt to challenges, and our priorities needs to be reordered.
should perceive, and nurtre cultural amendment that emphasizes a responsibility for providing
information—not only for sharing
it. they have to conjointly communicate to
their subordinates a will to accept risk in sharing information, and must
deemphasize the sharing of information. There needs to be clear guidelines ,inter-community training, the exchange of
lessons learned, and the effective use of technology, all of this can open doors of cooperation that have been closed for too long (The Need to Share , 2007, p.11).
Gaines, L. K.,
& Worrall, J. L. (2012). Police administration. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar/Cengage.
O’Keefe, J. (2004). Protecting
the republic: The education and training of American police officers.
Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
[PDF] The Need to Share: The US
Intelligence Community ... (2007, April). Retrieved from www.afcea.org/mission/intel/.../SpringIntel07whitepaper_000.pdf
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