Police Officer Training Curriculum Essay

1314 Words May 12th, 2005 6 Pages

The curriculum that is devised for a police officer is very important to the police officer and his or her success in their chosen career path. An officer's training is also very important to the community in which they serve and the department in which they work. An officer must receive training in a variety of fields to help them be a well-rounded police officer. Officers receive training in such areas as: law, community relations, firearms, vehicle driving, search and seizure, and cultural awareness. The basic curriculum that is offered to a new recruit is focused on giving the recruit the best overall training that will give him or her the tools necessary to become the best police officer they
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Scenarios may include: traffic stops, felony traffic stops, driving into an ambush, DUI enforcement and procedures, and pursuits. Recruits would receive emergency vehicle training that would teach them how to drive in pursuits, in poor weather conditions, and overall driver safety. Recruits need to understand the role of the patrol officer and the detective in investigations. The investigations training block would introduce the recruit to a general overview of investigations. More specialized instruction would entail: preliminary investigation, securing a crime scene, searches for evidence, and processing evidence. Recruits would also be trained in interviewing, surveillance, accident investigation and in-depth investigations. I think it is important that recruits get an understanding of what is expected of them as a first responder to a crime scene as well as the roles of the detective in investigations. I believe communication is another area of training. Recruits need a basic understanding of the communications system, such as radio and written correspondence and emergency notifications. It is also necessary to learn proper communication skills. Officers must talk to individuals on a daily basis and they must be able to express themselves, whether it is a co-worker, a supervisor, a little old lady on the street or a hardened criminal. Officers will also find themselves in a courtroom setting and need to handle themselves in a calm and

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