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I think what is needed is a change in policy first, because as long as policy is followed, a misbehaving Cop can not be prosecuted. Some things can not be fixed by retraining: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gZeMRsv0bg
another example is found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0ajHN4cXiA, and if you want to see what that may have looked like you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCnD5ipYt5w
I think that one of the fundamental issues is private prisons, I read somewhere that some states have contracts to keep occupancy at 90% or better, that would mean that law enforcement has to meet a contractual obligation, and will actively look for people to jail rather than conflict resolution. The Cop’s attitude is often “we’ll let the Judge sort it out” rather than analyze the facts, training could certainly make a difference there. I’m curious and looking forward to what you’ll disclose in your next post, MVG.
Thanks for your comment, Onno. I looked a the first video. It was extremely hard to watch. I’ll look at the other two as soon as my stomach has settled. Yes, training is just one aspect of policing that needs to change. Absolutely. It’s just what I’m focusing on right now.
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Very interesting post you have written.
I place a link of the site of the Dutch police Academy (Dutch) because it gives good representation of the police training. The police training is vocational training and is constructed in the way other vocational training is implemented.
In the Netherlands vocational training is a respected form of study
I think you will find a lot of the same views as the one in the training of 1984.
There are reinstated practices that were disregarded. Police on bicycle; neighborhood police. Both police again more accessible for the citizen and they are a kind of liaison officer for other organizations.
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Hi Marie-Jacqueline, thanks for the info. It seems that all the different levels of police training and all the specialties are now organized under the umbrella name Politie Academie. The politie academie used to be where they got the highest level of training/education, to go straight into managerial positions.
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I love it. Of course it’s difficult to transfer things from one decade to another, one country to another, but looking at previous steps taken and what their effects were is something we need to do a lot more of.
(For one police department’s adjustments, check out Richmond, California: http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_26482775/use-deadly-force-by-police-disappears-richmond-streets)
Well, by the looks of it, Richmond is proving that it’s possible! Thanks for the link.