Study reveals ‘crisis’ in new recruit police training across America

A comprehensive new report asserts that American authorities have traditionally trained police officers on the cheap, noting that more than 71% of agencies allocate less than 5% of their total budget to recruit training .

Released by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), the report found that nearly half of the agencies responding to the survey agreed that spending on recruit training had increased over the past five years.

However, that was before police budgets faced the dual challenges of cuts related to the COVID-19 pandemic and calls to “defund” the police.

The 84-page exposition noted that training investments could be halted or reduced at the very time they need to be increased to effect the changes needed in American policing.

The researchers found that in many jurisdictions, “the goal seems to be moving as many recruits as possible through academic training as quickly as possible and at the lowest possible cost.”

They argued that this approach was driven in part by a desire to quickly get more officers on the street — a challenge that has become particularly acute as officer hiring has declined and retirements and resignations have increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 19 and as homicides and other violent crimes plunged.


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