To put it mildly, the police receive a lot of criticism in America circa 2016. Many believe much of this criticism was deserved, but it's important to see where some blame needs to be placed. One of the most shocking things about America's police department is that their training, for the most part, hasn't changed in forty years. The 1970s were a different time, and teaching the values of that era to 21st century law enforcement isn't doing anyone any favors.
The good news is that the Police Training Officer (PTO) program is replacing the old way of instruction in the 2010s. Instead of emphasizing arrest methods and firearms, the PTO program places emphasis on serving the community and using creativity (rather than force) to solve problems. So, if having cops who have a sense of empathy appeals to you... check out the list below to see what else America's police forces are now being taught.Note: The methods contained in this list are all part of a program created by the US Department of Justice, as guidelines for police departments nationwide. Whether or not any individual police department follows these guidelines is a matter for a different day.
The PTO program is broken into two phases. These two phases are Substantive Topics and Core Competencies. The former includes four topics, non-emergency incident response, emergency incident response, patrol activities, and criminal investigation. This phase goes in depth on the four most common things police officers deal with day-to-day.Core Competencies offers broad coverage on all the things police officers are responsible for understanding about their jobs, including conflict resolution, vehicle operations, use of force, individual rights, ethics, communication skills, legal authority, and more.