- Explore grants and other government funding programs.
- Team up with other local agencies.
- Work with your insurer or risk pool.
City government budgets are tight these days, so budget cuts in law enforcement agencies are often inevitable.
Unfortunately, important aspects of policing like training sometimes don’t survive these budget cuts. This can leave agencies struggling to afford the extensive training their officers need to do their jobs well.
Cutting training hours can leave officers unprepared for dangerous situations, ultimately putting officers, agencies, and communities at risk.
For this reason, law enforcement training – though it can be costly and time-consuming – simply isn’t optional.
If compliance, safety, and professionalism are priorities in your department, you will need to implement and maintain a solid training program.
Fortunately, there are simple ways to both stay mindful of your budgetary restrictions and protect your law enforcement training program, many of which other departments are already exploring.
In our 2017 State of Policy report, 78% of agencies said they have an increased need for training. However, only 33% of departments said they had the budget they need to afford the necessary training.
This means two-thirds of departments we surveyed are looking for new ways to extend their training budget. If you, too, are seeking practical ways to stretch your training dollars, here are a few suggestions.