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NPI and COPS Release New Report on Specialized Units

The guide provides practical, actionable considerations for agencies and communities to help determine whether to form a specialized unit and, if so, how to ensure appropriate management, oversight, and accountability for any such unit.

IADLEST Developing Cutting-Edge Constitutional Policing Training Resources

IADLEST seeks examples from the field to help build the project team’s understanding of what resources are currently being used to train officers in constitutional authority.

Advancing Policing Through Continuous Action

The National Policing Institute and the Commission on Accreditation on Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), reviewed federal pattern or practice investigations of law enforcement agencies conducted by the DOJ between 2010 and 2022 and have identified the common themes across the investigations and present seven key takeaways for law enforcement executives.

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Improving Learning Outcomes in Police Academy Training

A new study from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards & Training looks at the potential effectiveness of reinforcing training consistently throughout a career in law and presents eight best practices for integrating curricula in law enforcement academies.

New Behavioral-Science Informed Training Found Effective

A new study from researchers at the University of Chicago Crime Lab has found a training program rooted in behavioral science can dramatically cut the number of times police officers use force while also increasing officer safety.

Task Force on 21st Century Policing – A Renewed Call to Action

Since the publication of the task force’s final report in May 2015, there have been countless working groups established to respond to police violence in communities. Still, the nation remains in a policing crisis.  In February 2023, former task force co-chairs convened former task force members to discuss the current crisis of confidence in policing.