I agree with more training needed. More psycological training. Contempt of cop is a real problem. Officers are taught in the academy that when you tell someone to put their hands up, they do. What if they don't? You scream louder. Then what? A lot of these police-related deaths begin with resisting arrest. Yes, they shoudn't resist. But they are. Then what? More training is needed on this. How to handle the situation without an incident.
The state pays $3,000 in KLEPF money each year in exchange for 40 hours of training. The formula needs to change. The more training you complete, the more KLEPF money you get. 40 hours gets you $1K. 80 hours gets you $2K. You can add more to the amount but there needs to be a formula that encourages officers to complete more training.
I'm mixed on the military making better officers. They tend to be better tactical officers but not as good in verbal judo or communication. Communication and logic are the two things agencies should look at before anything else when hiring.
Police departments want more minority candidates. They just aren't applying. I know of one who became a police officer in the small town he grew up in and was immediately called an "Uncle Tom" by the Black community. After a few years, he moved over to the state police so he could be assigned to a different county. Minority hires in small/rural areas are rare because of the lack of applicants.
College degrees for police officers are overrated. On the job training, communication, and logic trump a piece of paper.
You can't leave a body camera on for the entire shift. Cities are already paying through the teeth for hard drives to store their video. The video has to be kept for a minimum of weeks, months, or even years. But there has to be policy in place for when it is turned on and consequences if it isn't. I have no problem with termination if the camera isn't on in a police-related shooting. There has to be more teeth when it comes to body cameras not being on.
A lot of good police officers got out of the business after Ferguson because of a false narrative that was painted by the media. It led to riots, injuries, and deaths. The Justice Department ruled that "hands up don't shoot" was false. The uproar over what was determined to be a "justified shooting" sent a lot of good, experienced, and qualified officers into retirement or other professions. By the thousands. Police departments lowered hiring standards to fill the gaps. Some are paying for this now.
We ask the police in this nation to do too much. They aren't mental health professionals. They should not be anywhere near non-violent mental health warrants, transports, and evals. There are some juvenile matters they don't need to be involved with such as truancy.
Somewhere, our police went from being law officers to problem solvers. They are being sent to calls they shouldn't because adults are not capable of solving problems themselves. Neighbor's dog takes a crap in your yard, the police are called instead of neighbors talking it over. Neighbor plays their music too loud, police get called. 10 year old kid won't get out of bed and go to school, police get called. The list is long and getting longer.
The police have to get this figured out and figured out quick. There are issues of trust. There are issues of training. And there are issues of the police being told no. Society has changed and not for the better. Defiance is applauded. The court system is broken. The nation is divided. Police training has not kept up.
I have a lot of friends who live 100-200 miles from Louisville and nowhere Kenosha, Minneapolis, NYC, or Dallas. They are getting out of the profession en masse and it's their communities that will suffer. Who's going to fill their shoes? Are we safer because of it?