De-policing—the informal practice of patrol officers pulling back from proactive policing activities—has been on the rise across the nation in recent years. In the face of overwhelmingly negative media attention and political protests targeting the police, many officers have become accustomed to a purely reactive approach to policing.
But as communities across the country have experienced a spike in crime, especially violent crime, law enforcement leaders are tasked with motivating officers to get back to pro-active policing tactics. But after several years of pulling back, how can field supervisors overcome officer resistance and inertia to getting back into proactive work?
In this 4-hour webinar, Dr. Richard Johnson will discuss the ample evidence which demonstrates that proactive policing methods, when properly and responsibly deployed, are a proven method of preventing violent crime. He will address many of the unfounded claims that proactive policing is ineffective. He will help equip police leaders with the solid, scientific information they need to communicate to their officers and local political leaders to reminding them that specific proactive policing efforts can reduce crime, disorder, and fatal traffic crashes. This information will help remind law enforcement officers why they do what they do.
Chief Harry P. Dolan will then discuss methods for supervisors to utilize in motivating their field personnel to re-engage in proactive policing activities. From his 32-years of law enforcement experience, Chief Dolan will address how to motivate officers to re-engage in proactive stops, residential and commercial building security checks, community problem-solving, and patrolling to target hot spots for crime, disorder calls, and traffic problems. These methods have been tested in law enforcement work environments and been proven to increase productivity among the majority of field personnel.
This webinar is designed for all law enforcement leaders who are responsible for the performance of field personnel and are eager to get their officers back to work.