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Designing the Annual Training Curriculum: A Team Effort

NCJ Number
Police Chief Volume: 76 Issue: 11 Dated: November 2009 Pages: 26,28,31
Patrick L. Bradley
Date Published
November 2009
5 pages
This article identifies what processes and resources police chiefs need to consider when selecting annual training topics and the need for collaboration with communities members, prosecutors, advocacy groups, and officers.
Collaboration is the key to planning successful, effective annual training. Determining the topics a department's officers receive for their annual training should include community members, prosecutors, advocacy groups, and officers themselves. The availability of broadened training sources eliminates the budgetary, convenience, or operational priority excuse for failing to provide meaningful in-service trainings. Police chiefs must identify the training topics that their communities, their agencies, and their officers need. Unilaterally selecting these topics ignores the availability of meaningful resources for insight into what training is most suitable. Police chiefs should use these processes and resources to select the relevant training each year. 2 figures and 1 note