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Online Citizen's Police Academy

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to our online citizen’s police academy where we will go over a collection of law enforcement tactics, procedures, and Ideas. Whether you are interested in becoming a law enforcement officer, are a writer who wants more knowledge on the subject or are just interested in policing, you are in the right place. We have a collection of information and resources that can be found in our library that will be sure to pique your interest.

My name is Branden and I work in a large city and have extensive knowledge of law enforcement from both the officer level to the administrative level. I have firsthand experience of what it takes to successfully thrive as a law enforcement officer in our ever-changing society. We will discuss problems, struggles and limitations law enforcement and the criminal justice system are facing and what strategies we are using to navigate these issues. Our criminal justice system is a complex and intricate system involving many entities and people with differing opinions, resulting in a debate. Often, there is no right answer or choice. Unfortunately, every solution and idea will have pros and cons, with unintended consequences which we much choose from.

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The constitution is of course the law, our rights, and protections we as citizens have against our own government. However, the deeper you look into the constitution, the more you understand that it is more of the base standard, needing to be interpreted as we as a society advance. For instance, a “hot topic” is our second amendment rights to bear arms. When writing the constitution, our founding fathers could not possibly foresee the significant advancements in our weapons technology such as assault rifles, machine guns, and sniper rifles. There are strong opinions on both sides of the spectrum, but what should we do? Who decides if the purposes of the constitution were intended to cover these advancements or if the new advancements in or weapons have far surpassed the protections of what the constitution aimed to shield.

This is where our legislation branch and our courts both federally and state come into play. They will have a key role in deciding the pivotal ideas and conclusions that will alter the way we as citizens are governed. In addition to the constitution, each State will have their own form of constitution that will further restrict how law enforcement can proceed with investigations. As a general guideline, the state can’t allow law enforcement or government officials more access than what our federal laws allows. Officers have no authority to change or alter laws and must make decisions based on constitutional and state rights along with historic rulings known as legal precedent.

Thin Blue Line shirts and clothing back the blue.jpgFor the most part, I consider law enforcement officers to be in the business of people, as the success of handling an incident effectively will lie in our ability to communicate. Not every person or call for service will be the same or have the same outcome. We need to know how to handle a variety of calls from a loud music complaint to talking someone out of harming themselves. There is a balancing act that we as officers face in each interaction when speaking with the public. We must listen, control and direct while also knowing what legal options we can take at any point of the investigation.

We know that it is not enough just to implement harsh sentences and penalties. We are developing ways of understanding why individuals are committing these crimes and are working with them on a more individual basis to building the skillset and mindset to prosper. There is no clear-cut way to prevent crime or change people and we are finding ways to integrate these offenders back into society. The 21st century policing task force was developed to help law enforcement develop, evolve, and improve the way we are supporting both the public and the officers themselves. This research has created a remarkable impact on how the police profession is tackling societal issues.

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The expectation, responsibilities, and competencies of officers have become much more than just fighting crime. We must focus on the bigger picture and are doing more than ever make life easier and safer for the public. Officer driven teams are being developed geared towards providing support and assistance to reduce the underlining causes to why individuals are committing these crimes or are being a “nuisance” to the general public. Specialized teams are being implemented towards providing support for individuals and their families effected by drugs, alcohol, homelessness, mental illness and family issues.

We know we can’t do it alone and have partnered with other government and private entities to provide to support and resources to our communities. All these organizations and people play a key part in our society. Each has valuable information and ideas, where we as a team can better discuss our abilities and limitations.

Our online citizens police academy will have our library updated frequently. Many of our writings will have firsthand experience and knowledge within the article to better help you understand the realities of the law enforcement profession.

Enjoy!

Citizen's Police Academy Library

Welcome to the Crime Room Citizens Academy. Here we will have a list a various resources all pertaining to law enforcement procedures with examples of how you, yes you, will go about conducting an investigation, protecting your property and of course catching bad guys!

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About Branden

Branden is a Police officer who promoted himself to a Sergeant and then now Lieutenant and has been serving his city for the past 10 years. He graduated with a Masters degree in Criminal Justice. He has investigated various felony crimes such as Homicides, rapes, home invasions, burglaries, robberies, kidnappings, grand theft autos, drug trafficking, firearms violations, forgery/counterfeit, as well as misdemeanor cases such as simple assault and batteries, operating under the influence of liquor/drugs (DUI), unlicensed operation and much more. He has written and executed multiple search warrants, conducted various protective sweeps, pat frisks and exit orders. He has been involved in numerous police vehicle chases, fights, disturbances, foot pursuits, suspect/hostage negotiations and felony stops.

He is trained with an assortment of weapons such as his department issued firearm, assault rifle, shotgun, as well as less than lethal options such as the taser, bean bag rounds, pepper spray, and baton. He has displayed all the above weapons as a show of force on several occasions, as well as administering (using) multiple less than lethal options such as the taser, bean bag rounds, pepper spray and baton. He has testified in court on multiple occasions, while even arresting and booking several of his fellow officers for crimes they have committed. He partakes in various trainings and is a field training officer where he is responsible for training new recruits and making sure they meet the expectations of the department. He has spoken with countless victims, witnesses and suspects and is using his experience to better protect our communities and loved ones by sharing his knowledge through his writings. He believes that communication is the most important tool in which a police officer can build and train on and has successfully used his communication skills to defuse otherwise potentially deadly force incidents.

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About Jolene

Jolene Grace was a journalist for ten years, interning for CBS evening news, working as a beat report for Oklahoma Public radio, and eventually transitioning into managing digital content for a radio corporation. Currently, she writes crime fiction full time and blogs for the Crime Room. Jolene is fortunate enough to be able to tell the stories of those who no longer can. She’s passionate to write about cold cases being solved. You can read her blogs on thecrimeroom.com or listen to The Crime Room Podcast wherever in the world you happened to be. Let’s Talk Crime. 

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By Branden

Branden is a Police Lieutenant who has investigated numerous crimes. He has written and executed multiple search warrants, conducted various protective sweeps, pat frisks and exit orders. He has been involved in numerous police vehicle chases, fights, disturbances, foot pursuits, suspect/hostage negotiations and felony stops. He is trained with an assortment of weapons. He has spoken with countless victims, witnesses and suspects and is using his experience to better protect our communities and loved ones by sharing his knowledge through his writings.

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