Earlier this week I attended meeting in Washington DC in regards to the 21st Century Policing Task Force Report. The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) organization sponsored the event as well as covered all costs. For the first time ever, all Directors of Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) organizations from each state were invited of which 35 attended. All are members of the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training ( IADLEST)
I was impressed that COPS did not necessarily have an agenda, but rather they were interested in the input from all of the Directors. In fact they asked the group, what can COPS do to help the Director’s implement the recommendations in the report? Of course funding is always huge and was one of the requests. We talked a lot about the possibility of conducting a nationwide job task analysis to determine the basic skills desired for a police officer in the United States and thus build minimum standards around the results. That is a monumental endeavor and would take federal assistance to coordinate and pay for.
I think there are possibilities to build standards across the country. I as a citizen and as a law enforcement professional expect to receive similar services anywhere I travel in this country. The possibility is intriguing and ultimately makes our profession stronger. The photo above is all of the Director’s who are my counterparts across the country as well as some COPS members and Presidential staff.