The nation’s only nonprofit advocacy organization solely dedicated to making our streets safer for citizens and police through increased, improved and regulated training for U.S. police, law enforcement and criminal justice employees.
THE TRAINING MUST CHANGE
The Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform sees the complexity that exists within our broken criminal justice system. We understand that reform cannot depend on one methodology. Using a 3-dimensional approach to end police and law enforcement brutality, we focus on Community Impact, Improved Curricula, and Legislative Change to reform training.
WHY TRAINING MATTERS
Job performance and outcomes is a direct result of training. Curriculum, instructors, amount of training and style of training all affect performance and job outcomes. Police and law enforcement training is no different. Each year, more than 1,050 people die at the hands of officers. These are unacceptable outcomes that implicate the training.
When officers are inadequately trained the consequences are severe and expensive. Poor training results in death, serious injury, disability or wrongful incarceration. Decisions based on insufficiently trained officers have disastrous impacts on families and communities. Poor training also creates higher liabilities for police departments that taxpayers end up funding.
“Based on the officer’s training and experience…” is a vague statement that carries an overwhelming amount of influence. When abused, it can provide officers near blanket pardon even in the most egregious police misconduct cases such as the homicides of Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray.
While science has disproven the effectiveness of many standard trainings, such as the “Twenty-One Foot Rule/ Tuellar Drill or the Reactionary Gap”, many law enforcement officials defend current training based on peer approval. Scientifically backed training such as human bias recognition, extensive mental health crisis training, de-escalation techniques and reality-based threat assessment, not only reduces needless use-of-force, civilian injuries and causalities, it reduces injuries and saves lives for police officers as well.
You have people that practice law and our lawyers go to school for eight years. But you can become a cop in six months and don’t have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist. That’s insane. Someone that’s holding a curling iron has more education and more training than people that have a gun and are going out on the street to protect us.
COLIN KAEPERNICK, Activist/ Athlete
What does your state require of police officers?
States in red have less than the US average of MANDATED BASIC POLICE training, 667 hours.
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*Mandated training represents the minimum standards that state legislatures require for a person deemed qualified to perform a position.