Saturday, April 18, 2015

Training Hours

In California there is a requirement to train for 1,600 hours to become a beautician with an additional 3,200 hours of apprenticeship to get your full license to style hair.  That's three times or more the requirement to become a police officer in most states.  We sent officers into the field with minimal training and then we wonder why they do foolish things. 

Some agencies work ten or twelve hour shifts.  That means if they have to split a shift and work overtime they have to work fifteen to eighteen hours.  When people work that many hours it's difficult to make good decisions and to drive safety.

Most agencies do a pretty good background check on their officers and then assume they will never change.  They work for five or ten or fifteen years and no one checks their driving record, their drug use, their home environment.  Yet everyone agrees that police work changes people and often wears on them over time.  We need to do a better job of preparing and supervising our people; that's what the SGT Says.

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