Tell Congress to Require Police to be Trained
Too frequently, we witness reports of unarmed citizens being killed by the police, or police officer ambushed. These deaths point to a variety of issues and failures, though we cannot ignore what large impact training has on an officer's performance when making life or death decisions. There are many ways that law enforcement training can improve the officers and the public safety.
The failures of police training impact both the officers and the public. A police officer being killed every 10 days and 3 citizens killed by police each day pointing towards a a failure among how we are policing and teaching our law enforcement officers.
Most would agree that training much be a part of addressing criminal justice reform. Adequate, relevant and up to date education makes all of us safer.
first they must be trained
Before we can improve training, we must first require police officers to receive training. Training delays or deferments that allow police officers to work before attending the academy is not for the public nor the police officer.
We should all have grave concerns that someone with such responsibility, for whom we've empowered to kill a fellow citizen is working today, without have attended basic training.
This is unconscionable.
No other profession, carrying even less power, is granted such flexibility that these regulations provide police. Rightfully so. Who among us would see a doctor or nurse who will start medical school in 1 year?
How comfortable would you be sitting if your dental hygienist or cosmetologist's chair if they explained they have staff shortages, so you'll be seen by someone who'll be trained in 6 months?
Would we place a firefighter to in harms way before giving them the training to ensure their safety? Of course not.
Despite police deaths near historic lows, we must acknowledge the unique risks that police officers may face. At times, police must run towards events that the rest of us are running from. Coupled with the responsibility to make life-altering decisions for all us, only emphasizes the importance of preparing a well trained professional before they begin.
Arguments of fiscal restraints and decline in recruitment cannot be an acceptable justification. Rules and regulations exist that require education BEFORE one begins your job, for everyone's safety.
Immediately pass legislation to rescind the outdated, illogical, and unsafe regulations that allow police officers or any person with the authority to arrest, detail or kill before being trained.