Essay on POLICE OFFICER TRAINING CURRICULUM

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POLICE OFFICER TRAINING CURRICULUM      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…show more content…
     Police officers need a good understanding of the law. Recruits need training in criminal law and civil law. Within the law training blocks, recruits would be introduced to criminal procedure and rules of evidence. Training must also include how to handle incidents with juveniles and the mentally ill and domestic violence situations.      The majority of a patrol officer’s work involves traffic stops. Recruits need to be trained in all aspects of the vehicle code and highway safety. Recruits need to understand vehicle licensing, title and registration. Many officers who know the vehicle code that conduct traffic stops for minor vehicular infractions often encounter much larger criminal activity, such as finding drugs or a wanted felon.      A major area of training for the recruits is patrol procedures and operation. First, recruits would be trained in the history and importance of patrol. Next, would be orientation into pre-patrol and routine patrol procedures. Once the recruits have a good understanding of the patrol basics, then they would be introduced to patrol activities and incidents. Recruits would have practical application exercises where, under the direct supervision of instructors, they would encounter a variety of possible scenarios. Scenarios may include: traffic stops, felony traffic stops, driving into an ambush, DUI enforcement and procedures, and pursuits. Recruits
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