(This week’s assigned readings focus
on how individual departments or organizations designed their training programs
to meet regulated training standards. Conduct research on federal and state
training standards through the Internet and the Ashford Online Library. Then,
based upon the assigned readings and your own research, discuss the following:
- How do state and federal training standards differ?
- How are law enforcement training standards evaluated
- Who governs the review of training at the state and
- Is there a federal authority assigned to maintain
training standards for law enforcement from state-to-state?
- What impact do this authority and training standards
have on law enforcement officers?
Our discussion first,
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it comes to state and federal training standards, there are many differences.
One of the largest differences would be what each state has set for
requirements, as well as the requirements set by the federal government. One
other difference is the matter of jurisdiction. For example, the FBI has
jurisdiction throughout the United States, while an Illinois State Patrol
Officer would have jurisdiction only in Illinois. With this being said, each
group has to comply with the requirements and laws of the state or federal
government. With each state, the training standards may be evaluated and
maintained by the state’s Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. For
example, the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board members are
the ones who “promote and maintain a high level of professional standards for
law enforcement and correctional officers” (McClain, 2015). With the federal
training standards, the ones to evaluate and maintain those standards could be
the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation, since they began making an
effort to raise the standards in 1900 (FLETA, n.d.). Between the two groups,
there may be a training advisory board. This board may involve members from
various parts of the state. Some of these members may be a chief of patrol,
chief of detectives, chief of personnel, chief of special operations, police
officers, and representatives from the academy (O' Keefe, 2004). As for the
federal level, individuals from around the country may make up a training board
or there may be an accreditation board such as FLETA, which sets the standards
for the country. There is a federal authority assigned to maintain training
standards for law enforcement from state to state. This federal authority would
be the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). FLETC is used to
prepare recruits and veterans to “fulfill their responsibilities in a safe
manner and the highest level of proficiency” (Department of Homeland Security,
2013). The impact that can be had on law enforcement officers is that it
improves the officer’s knowledge and how they might handle certain aspects that
Department of Homeland Security. (2013,
March 28). Federal Law Enforcement Training Center: Strategic Plan.
Retrieved from FLETC:
FLETA. (n.d.). History.
Retrieved from FLETA: https://www.fleta.gov/history
McClain, K. (2015). About Us.
Retrieved from Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board:
O' Keefe, J. (2004). Protecting the
Republic: the education and training of American police officers. Upper
Saddle River: Pearson Prentice Hall.