Historically, American law enforcement agencies dedicated little time and few resources to the formalized training of their officers. While some training and education inevitably did occur, much of this training was informal and lacked specificity, coherence, and continuity. In other instances, officers brought formalized military or vocational training with them to the law enforcement profession. However, this training was not directly related to their law enforcement duties or to the practices of the agencies that employed them. As a result, much of the ...

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