PowerDMS, in collaboration with the Police Foundation, recently released a new report detailing the current state of policy and training in law enforcement agencies across the country. Drawing from survey responses of over 100 law enforcement leaders, the report provides a baseline of existing practices and a benchmark for best practices in law enforcement policy management and training.
Among the key findings are that well over ninety percent of agencies surveyed:
- Agreed that policies are very important for law enforcement job performance; and
- Believe that agency liability, civil lawsuits, and inconsistency are consequences of poor policy management.
The vast majority of law enforcement executives indicated that policies should be “dynamic” or, in other words, be continuously reviewed to ensure agency needs and priorities are being met. Additionally, a majority indicated they currently use a software tool to distribute new policies (63%) or would consider using one in the future (35%). Major sources of data for law enforcement tracking of policy effectiveness include civilian complaints, accreditation standards, and routine internal audits.
To compare your policy and training management processes to those of your peers, please download the full report here.