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Q: How different is training going to be for police officers?

To avoid unnecessary escalation of police force and abuse, officers will be trained using real life situations and techniques they would encounter in real life. Steve Moyler, a former federal prosecutor, says, “By providing police officers with a more inclusive education in handling high-stress events as well as being trained how to determine dangerous situations, officers will be less likely to use excessive force.” If police officers start this new training system, then it will make communities feel safe and at ease. Once new training systems begin for police officers they will be able to know when they are using unreasonable force or when they should be using the appropriate amount of force for certain type of situations. For instance, Shaila Dewan a reporter for the New York Times says: “The policy change could have a far-reaching impact on how the five-member panel determines whether officers involved in fatal encounters were justified in using deadly force.” By having new training systems police officers will have a better understanding and won’t cause any harm to anybody who isn’t a threat and using excessive force will decrease significantly for police communities.

Q: What makes police officers accountable for excessive force?

Q: Are there any police departments who have improved the use of excessive force?

Los Angeles is one of the major cities that has improved the use of the excessive force in their police department. According to Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, “Los Angeles, which was under a consent decree for 11 years, is regarded as one of the great success stories and is a different place today because of the consent decree and the leadership of the department.” Los Angeles’s success story could be an influence to other police communities, persuading them to decrease their use of excessive force. On the other hand, there are other police communities like Chicago who have not yet improved the use of excessive force. According to Eric Tucker, writer for the Associated Press, he explains that the city of chicago logged 762 homicides in 2016, the highest tally in 20 years and more than the combined total of the two largest U.S. cities, New York and Los Angeles. Los Angeles made great progress There could be a number of reasons why a police department struggles to stop the use of excessive force, but it can be achieved.

Q: what are some reasons why a police community might fail to succeed to decrease the overuse of excessive force?

Q: Why do some police department’s refuse to talk to reporters about excessive force cases?

There are police departments who do not give out any kind of information about the cases with excessive force and there could be multiple reasons why they might do this. In fact, Nassau and Suffolk counties have had to pay more than $30 million to settle misconduct allegations against the Nassau and Suffolk County police departments since 2002, according to Sandra Peddie writer for the News Day - police misconduct. The embarrassment and bad reputation police departments or individual police officers get bring too much public attention to these county’s, it makes them want to keep all information confidential. The many other reasons a police officer might want to keep things within their department is because of the huge amount of responsibility they did not have in certain situations that they put themselves in. For example, Nicole Fuller writing editor for Newsday paper says: “The Suffolk Police Department has charged at least 11 officers with faking a medical disability to collect a full salary on leave “while engaging in activities that contradict” the claimed physical condition. One of them was terminated.” Overall, these excessive force cases do get the public’s attention whether or not a police county voluntarily gives out any information to the public. The excuses a police officer might choose to make will still get brought to the concerned civilians.

Q: What excuses might a police officer use when they are being charged with police misconduct?

Q: Why are some cases involving excessive brought to more people's attention?

Many times there will be a case that will be brought to a lot of people’s attention from different major cities although many of the cases are very similar. Some cases seem more significant than others but the only difference is those cases have several live videos. According to Elliot McLaughlin editor for the CNN News, “The headlines make it feel as if the country is experiencing an unprecedented wave of police violence, but experts say that isn't the case. We're just seeing more mainstream media coverage, and for a variety of reasons.” The cases that get more media coverage bring more issues and negativity towards certain police departments also making it more difficult for individual police officers. For example, Gary McCarthy Newark's police chief says

"We're going to crime scenes where it's not just one or two rounds being fired, it's 30 or 40.” It is very difficult for a police officer to experience horrific situations but it also gets brought to so many people's attention because of the big differences between the cases which makes it even harder for that individual police officer to deal with.

Q: What are some major difficulties in police work?

Q: Which police communities have a harder time with excessive force and what do all those communities have in common?

There are police departments that struggle significantly more than others because of the same characteristics the individual police officers share, concerning the area they work in. In fact, according to Matthew Green police officer for the Austin police department says that, “A factor in improving police-community relations is officer residency rates. A common argument is that if more sworn officers live in the cities where they work, they’ll have a greater stake in the community and be more likely to gain trust among residents.” If more police officers worked in the communities that they live in then they would have a better understanding of their surroundings and will be around people who are not complete strangers. When a handful of police communities had the same number of reasons for excessive force, that is when these police departments had to find a solution for the police officer's misconduct. For instance, “In 2000, The United States Department of Justice (USDOJ), institutionalized adult learning theory and problem solving tools into a process that encouraged new officers to think using a proactive mindset, enabling the identification of and solution to problems within their communities.” states Dr. Patricia S. Rushing , Director for the Center for Public Safety and Justice. As a result of police communities having the same reasoning for excessive force it was time that the police department's started a new training system to help these communities who struggle more than others to decrease the use of excessive force.

Q: When did they start to think of a new training system for police officers?

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