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The Taser – A Dangerous Threat to Officers

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D There are two items that were added to my duty belt during my career for which I was very grateful. One was pepper spray, the other was a TASER. Before that, the only tools I had were my revolver, my nightstick, tear gas spray, and my hands. There are Read more »

Police Alternatives to Deadly Force

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D Why did they have to shoot him? That is the primary question that is asked after police use deadly force. Could they have done something less lethal to end the threat? Good question, and one that must be answered in every case in which a suspect is shot by Read more »

Red Shirts in the Police Academies and Training Fields

By Stephen Owsinski In police academies and thereafter, training should be incessant and must overcome the various reasons America’s law enforcement officers are ordinarily shortchanged from imperative life-saving skill-building. Nevertheless, police academies and law enforcement agencies employ a contingent of men and women who are certified expert instructors in all facets of police tactics and Read more »

Are We Trying to Eliminate Stress in Police Training?

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D The brim of the academy instructor’s campaign hat shudders just inches from the forehead of the rigid cadet straining not to bend over backward to retreat from the intense tirade. It was a typical start to a day that would be filled with push-ups and classroom studies. Even the Read more »

The Myth of the Untrained, Uneducated Police Officer

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D The mantra of police reformers is more training. The problem with many of those voices is that activists and politicians have no idea what the current state of training and education of law enforcement in the US is. Research has shown that college-educated officers suffer less from stress, generate Read more »

Emotional Challenges for Humans that Happen to be Cops

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D Dealing with other humans is often stressful. That fact isn’t unique to police officers. Anyone in retail, medicine, teaching or a host of other public contact jobs will have a story to tell. Police officers are almost always dealing with people who are not in their happiest moments. Nobody Read more »

The Untold Story of Police Self-Discipline

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D The statistics on police use of force cannot be repeated too often. With about 800,000 law enforcement officers of various stripes and duties making more than a million citizen contacts every week, the frequency of using force to make arrests and intervening in crime is remarkably low. The most Read more »

Excellence in Law Enforcement

By Stephen Owsinski Each time I see or hear the words “police reforms” or “reimagining the police,” I think back to the days of duly qualified accreditation professionals who sift through cop shop’s policies and protocols, scrutinizing every scintilla, ultimately ensuring the candidate law enforcement agency meets muster in myriad ways, predominantly founded in “precepts Read more »