Some of the best lessons and improvements in policing can come from critical incident or after-action reviews (AARs), particularly when they are completed with independent experts in a way that emphasizes learning and improvement rather than responsibility or fault.
The Knowledge Lab has selected AARs that are particularly relevant to the Lab's work and constitutional policing. The library will continue to be updated and expanded to include new and relevant reports. For a complete library of after-action reviews, please visit the National Policing Institute's After-Action Review Library.
First Amendment assembly and response
Police response to First Amendment assemblies is a core issue in constitutional policing. To protect the first amendment rights of the public during these events, the following after-action review recommendations can be reviewed. Additional information may be needed to implement these recommendations. For assistance in implementing or enhancing practices related to first amendment assembly response, contact the Knowledge Lab.
Critical Incidents and Use of Force
Hate crime response
Combating hate crimes is one of the Department of Justice’s highest priorities. The after-action recommendations can be reviewed in these reports. Additional information may be needed to implement these recommendations; contact the Knowledge Lab for assistance in enhancing or establishing programs or policies around hate crime response.
Violent crime response
Responses to critical incidents receive a lot of scrutiny during and after the incident’s resolution. Agencies must have comprehensive plans and training to be prepared. The following reviews of previous incidents are an essential source of knowledge that agencies can utilize. Additional information may be needed to enhance or implement critical incident response plans, and for further assistance, contact the Knowledge Lab.