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In-service training provides police officers with the ongoing opportunity to develop, reinforce, and maintain important knowledge, skills, and abilities. In-service training also provides officers with a means for maintaining their police certification, which is required in many states. In-service training ensures that officers have access to the most current and relevant training topics needed in providing effective police services, including topics associated with the community policing approach and it strategies. Building upon the foundational training content found in basic police academy and field training programs, in-service training creates momentum for officers who are actively seeking to learn more effective ways of policing. This entry briefly discusses the background of in-service training, the important role it plays in an officer’s career, and the need to continually ...

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