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How To Fix The Broken Police Culture

Police culture. The first time I heard that term was in an article written by Brian Willis titled “7 reasons the police culture is broken (and how to fix it)”, published on policeone.com. Brian Willis is Deputy Executive Director for the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), He was once a full time police officer from 1979 to 2004 with the Calgary Police Service. He also has a website.

chokeNot long ago, a friend and I talked about the hiring and training of police. We spoke about the draft. You might ask, what does the draft have to do with the police?  My son served 12 years in the Armed Forces. He worked and attended college before joining the military.  When his second enlistment was completed, he received letters from law enforcement agencies. Some were local and others were from other states. There was active recruitment of military personnel to apply for positions in law enforcement and border patrol. My son was not a combat enlistment, but the recruitment letters for “combat veterans” kept coming.

In wars before Viet Nam, the enemy was easily recognizable by uniform. It was army against army.  In wars since then, and particularly starting with Persian Gulf II, the enemy can look like, and can be, a civilian.

Rather than wars being country against country, it is “them against us.” Read the rest of this entry

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