Over the past few weeks I have had some very interesting conversations with local law enforcement officers and dignitaries across the state. Most of these people I call friends and admire their service to the communities they represent. Like many, we have had some interesting debates on how Cities and Municipalities can resolve issues regarding police and the citizens they protect and serve.

Most Americans believe the majority of our LEO’s are good decent people. Unfortunately their are some that wear the badge that never should have been accepted into the police academy to begin with. So the question is, what can States, Cities, and Municipalities do to remove bad cops from the beat?

A good tactic would be for states to implement evaluators within each district to evaluate officers on a quarterly or bi-yearly basis and evaluate their handling of each call they receive through a ride-along. They will also review their police reports and any complaints made on the officer. This is no different than private industry hiring HR professionals to review and evaluate their current workforce, and make changes as needed. The same should be done within the business of law enforcement to keep everyone accountable for their actions.

Another great idea would be to develop a Police Training College similar to a regular college experience. The potential recruit can file for tuition assistance or pay out of pocket to attend this training college. The University of Louisville implemented a police training division called SPI in the belief that law enforcement is a demanding activity requiring the highest level of professional preparation.

A statement from SPI “In these times of turmoil and unrest, we are reminded of how the Southern Police Institute (SPI) was founded. The idea came from Swedish economist and sociologist, Gunnar Myrdal. In 1944, in the midst of deep racial disparity and suffering, he proposed that “one of the most potent strategic measures to improve the southern interracial situation would be the opening of a pioneering modern police college in the South which would give a thorough social and pedagogical training as well as a technical police training” to law enforcement officers. SPI was established on this concept in 1951.

For nearly 70 years, countless law enforcement leaders from all over the globe have attended our esteemed institute on the campus of the University of Louisville and have carried the torch of progressive police practice and community engagement throughout our great nation.” (“Southern police institute,” 2020)

Most of us in the business sector understand that training and development are key to providing the best employees, and we should highly consider doing the same for our police departments across the nation. Better training, better preparedness, and evaluating on a regular basis could have a major impact on how we perceive our law enforcement officers. Every sector of business (besides government, that’s another story) is held accountable for their actions, it is time we hold everyone accountable across the board.

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