7 Ways to Stay Up to Date on Trends in Law Enforcement
By Aaron Lawrence on 04/04/2016
You’ve probably noticed that police news has become a large part of today’s never-ending news cycle. Every time you flip on the TV there is a new story developing about a police chase, a puzzling crime or press conferences with police chiefs.
There is also plenty of positive police news: heroic actions in the line of duty, officers going out of their way off the clock. With all this news in front of us, is it really possible to keep tabs on everything that is happening in law enforcement?
Well, the good news (no pun intended) is there are plenty of resources out there for individuals like you who are interested in law enforcement. We identified some resources to help direct your focus.
Whether it is the police news making headlines, conversations over law enforcement technology or career-related information, the list below will have you covered when it comes to the latest trends in law enforcement.
If you had to pick just one website or blog to follow to stay up to date on law enforcement trends, PoliceOne would be your one-stop destination for just about everything. The site publishes an extensive amount of daily police news, provides relevant and important training information for police and law enforcement careers and even underlines new law enforcement products and the latest technology.
2. Cop in the Hood
If you have any interest in law enforcement you’ll surely be interested in hearing stories and perspectives from police officers themselves. One way to get inside the head of an officer is to follow Peter Moskos’ blog Cop in the Hood. Not only is he a former police officer, but he is also a Harvard and Princeton trained sociologist and associate professor of criminal justice. Needless to say, Moskos knows his stuff, which is why his blog is a must-read for current and aspiring law enforcement professionals.
3. POLICE Magazine
POLICE Magazine is an online publication designed to give current and future police officers up-to-date information on training, police skills and new and improved technology. The site also features columns from current and retired police officers and input from legal and firearms experts. This resource is perfect for those looking or a more in-depth look at trends in the law enforcement field.
4. Cop Talk
Keeping up with the latest trends in law enforcement is more than simply following local or national news. Intended to give the public a new perspective from the eyes of law enforcement, Cop Talk emphasizes input from real cops on every topic imaginable. This resource features a section called ‘Ask a Cop’ where anyone can submit questions and receive answers from police officers. So if you have a question that’s been weighing on your mind, send it to Cop Talk and learn something new!
To add to the already great resources above, Officer.com goes above and beyond to share the extensive amount of police news. No story is too small for this site – you can expect to find news coverage from small-town Iowa all the way to the big metropolitan areas. Tabs featuring categories like firearms, technology and training make it easy to find exactly what you’re seeking. There is even a forum page where users can post and read about police-related topics.
6. Positive LEO
If following the latest news and trends in law enforcement starts to weigh too heavily on you, stray away from any negativity by reading the heartwarming stories featured at Positive LEO. This blog only shares positive and inspiring law enforcement stories, making it your go-to blog for remembering what drew you to the field. Need an example? Check out this story about the police dog who saves a young boy.
7. Improving Police
This is exactly what it sounds like: a resource for police officers to learn about ways to improve their presence in a community. Improving Police is a must-read blog with a unique perspective that pinpoints some of the current problems existing in law enforcement. It’s authored by retired Police Chief David Couper who shares insights from more than 30 years of working in the field. You may be surprised by how confrontational Couper is about issues he believes are plaguing the police field, but it’s all in the name of improvement.
Stay in the know
While there are countless websites, blogs and news sources to help you keep a pulse on law enforcement trends, the list above is a great place to start. Bookmark it so can easily keep tabs each week.