New Report: Transforming Police Recruit Training – 40 Guiding Principles

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Published by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), this report is part of PERF’s Critical Issues in Policing series. The report discusses the current state of recruitment training, with its demand that we rethink – and remake – the system for how new police officers are trained. We need national consensus and national standards on what the training contains, how it is delivered and by whom. While this report may present a grim picture of the current state of recruit training, it also puts forth a series of principles which can help guide the transformation of training to meet the challenges of policing for today and tomorrow.

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