STATE DATA

Below you’ll find basic metrics related to the minimum training standards that law enforcement officers are required to meet, as set forth by legislation or Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) rules and regulations.

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MINIMUM POLICE TRAINING HOURS

STATES IN RED HAVE LESS THAN THE US AVERAGE OF MANDATED BASIC POLICE TRAINING, 667 HOURS.

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Data collection and analysis from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Currently, 2015 is the last full year of verifiable data for police officers feloniously killed.

Since the FBI has not previously mandated data reporting for officer-involved shootings, we must rely on sources such as The Guardian, The Washington Post, Mapping Police Violence and Fatal Encounters for information.

POLICE VS COSMETOLOGY TRAINING

 HOW DOES YOUR STATE COMPARE?*

STATES IN RED HAVE LESS THAN THE US AVERAGE OF MANDATED BASIC POLICE TRAINING, 667 HOURS.

hover over any state to see the cosmetology/ police training comparison.

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In 2016, research comparing minimum training hours mandated by states for police and cosmetologists revealed a shocking disparity. A police officer, who has enormous power over people’s lives, is required to have only a fraction of the training required of someone working as a professional hair stylist. This disparity often carries over to other state-regulated professions such as Electrician, Contractor, Plumber, etc.

The original police/cosmetology comparison data gained national exposure when featured in NY Daily News writer Shaun King’s 25-part series on Solutions for Police Brutality in part 2, titled “To help fix police brutality, cops can no longer have less training than the average cosmetologist.”

*Mandated training represents the minimum standards that state legislatures require for a person deemed qualified to perform a position.  The Bureau of Justice Statistics, Census of Law Enforcement Academies, 2013, reports that on average, officer receive slightly more training than the minimum, attending approximately 850 hours

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