Persistent training plays vital role in constitutional policing
- Written by Amy Dinsmore
- January 22 2016
Upholding constitutional law in its fullest is one of the key challenges facing contemporary police forces. It demands that officers understand exactly how to respond in high-stress situations, have a clear idea of when it is appropriate to use force and how much force is deemed acceptable for different situations. On top of all this, constitutional policing creates a layer of accountability and operational scrutiny that is absolutely essential to ensuring healthy community relationships.
These factors come together to put a great deal of strain on police officers, but you can overcome this through training methods. The key is not to train police once and hope that’s enough to get them through their time in the field. Instead, best practices should be reinforced through continual and engaging training methods. This ensures that officers constantly have access to the best knowledge possible and are prepared for every situation they will face.
Adapting training for constitutional policing
Creating ongoing training efforts to support constitutional policing is a complex matter, as you need to plan continued content rollouts to ensure officers are constantly on top of industry best practices. This means you must:
- Be responsive to changing circumstances in your community.
- Adapt training in response to recent, highly public events.
- Update training in response to new regulations.
- Adjust educational materials based on developments in constitutional law.
These are just a few of the constantly changing dynamics that require new training materials to be created, and agencies trying to keep up must devote considerable time and resources to staying ahead of the curve. The right tools are vital in this area.
Using digital technologies to drive training advances
Law enforcement training management software can make it much easier for agencies to keep up with the demands of ongoing training initiatives. Paper-based processes and occasional in-person sessions may have been adequate in the past. However, maintaining public trust while upholding constitutional law in police work is so complex that best practices must be constantly reinforced. A few ways that a good software platform can support such efforts include:
- The ability to include media-rich content like video in training modules, letting you replicate the benefits of in-person training.
- Integration of quizzes and similar assessments alongside training content to ensure officers understand the materials.
- Simple editing by sharing information across stakeholder groups.
- Easy compliance tracking through electronic signatures.
- Streamlined collaboration through built-in editing and commenting functions.
Moving to a new generation of training functionality
Advancing into constitutional policing is only possible if officers are properly equipped to engage with the public with precision and care. This is only possible if officers have a full understanding of how constitutional law impacts their everyday operations and interactions with the community. You aren’t going to be able to equip officers to this end through some packets of information, education at the outset of their careers and annual training seminars.
Modern law enforcement document management software systems provide the flexibility, adaptability and user-friendliness necessary to provide consistent, ongoing training to your officers. The result is a much more effective constitutional policing environment that puts your agency in the best position for success.