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Why top US universities have law schools but not police schools

<span class="caption">Police school lecture series, 1935.</span> <span class="attribution"><span class="source">Courtesy of Berkley, Ca. Police Department – Historical Unit</span></span>
Police school lecture series, 1935. Courtesy of Berkley, Ca. Police Department – Historical Unit

In response to protests calling for police reform and accountability, some U.S. police departments are partnering with colleges and universities to develop anti-bias training for their employees.

In Washington D.C., for example, officers are taking a critical race theory class at the University of the District of Columbia Community College. The idea of providing liberal arts education to officers to improve police-community relations and productivity is not new.

As early as 1967, a federal commission charged with finding solutions to rising crime and police brutality recommended

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Pressure mounts on Chicago Board of Education to rethink its school reopening plan for fall and its police contract

Outside the Chicago Board of Education’s Loop office Wednesday, teachers taped poster boards to the backs of chairs to represent what they worry classrooms could look like if schools open in the fall.

One imaginary student had a coronavirus infection in the spring. Another didn’t have health insurance. A classmate was an asymptomatic carrier who had passed the temperature check.

“We’ve got a student here who lost a family member to COVID,” narrated Gustav Roman, an English teacher at Kelly College Prep. “… We’ve got … a student in a temporary living situation, who we’re supposed to be supporting.”


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Defund the Police? How About Defund Teachers Unions.

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Four months ago, few, if any, anticipated that the government would close down a large portion of the American economy. Yet state responses to the coronavirus pandemic did just that, shuttering stores, restaurants, schools, and sporting events. 

One month ago, it was hard to imagine anything diverting attention from that pandemic, which had received around-the-clock news coverage since March. But massive protests sparked by George Floyd’s tragic death did just that. Our collective attention shifted. 

More recently, a new flashpoint emerged: calls for “defunding” the police. Although there is significant disagreement on what

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5 reasons police officers should have college degrees

<span class="caption">Does college hold the answer to police violence?</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/new-police-officers-take-oath-during-new-york-police-news-photo/1175954210?adppopup=true" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pacific Press/Getty Images">Pacific Press/Getty Images</a></span>
Does college hold the answer to police violence? Pacific Press/Getty Images

Following several deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order on June 16 that calls for increased training and credentialing to reduce the use of excessive force by police.

The order did not mention the need for police to get a college education, even though higher education was identified in the 2015 President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing as one of six effective ways to reduce crime and build better relations between police and the communities they serve.

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Give police a real education before putting them on the streets

I come from a family with deep roots in law enforcement. My father and I attended the police academy 22 years apart, and combined we served 45 years on the New York Police Department.

Though we served during different decades, our training was essentially indistinguishable. Even today, that training largely remains the same, despite the vast changes in society.

In recent days, activists and politicians have called for changes in how our police departments are funded and managed, but just as essential is throwing out the book on police training and replacing it with a robust system of modern education.

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