Force Continuum Doesn’t Start with the Police Officer

Force Continuum Doesn’t Start with the Police Officer

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D The use of force continuum is a largely abandoned policy to guide police officers in the lawful use of force. That particular model relies on stages of subject behavior followed by authorized police behavior. It is a reactive policy that relies on a succession of failures until an officer Read more »

Precision Policing: The Next Law Enforcement Era

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D “The gun violence spikes seen in 2020 and again in 2021 in many cities show the crime reductions experienced over the last three decades are fragile (Major Cities Chiefs Association, 2021). Cities must have comprehensive strategies to create and maintain safe communities.” This is the thesis of a white Read more »

Law Enforcement Contacts with Mentally Impaired Citizens

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D Experienced police officers may be rather puzzled by the sudden popularity of the belief that police officers lack skills when dealing with mental health emergencies. In a very real sense, that’s what police do the most. Whether a person is in a full-blown meltdown or merely a victim of Read more »

Officer Intervention Can Compromise Officer Safety

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D After the arrest of Rodney King by the LAPD in 1991, many states enacted laws requiring police officers to report their colleagues if they feel that unnecessary force was used. Some states have gone beyond that requirement and are now requiring physical intervention. I understand, but let’s think about Read more »

What Cops Can’t Train For

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D The animal in man is something that appears in his most desperate hours. It is intense, visceral, and primitive. What happens in the mind and body when death is in the air is hard to research, since the body’s functions are rarely measured during those moments. Capturing the full Read more »

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What We Know About School Shootings

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D The blood was still on the ground at Virginia Tech in 2007 when I traveled to interview as a campus police chief in Colorado. My time in charge of public safety was punctuated by the threat of campus violence.  It was the same year that my daughter married a Read more »

Running Into Danger is No Myth

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D We’ve seen it in dozens, if not hundreds, of news reports and bystander videos. People rushing, faces full of fear, dragging children and loved ones along with them, running for safety as flames rise or the sound of gunshots or explosions echo. Mostly they are doing the sane thing Read more »