Given this before-mentioned nationwide laser scrutiny of police behavior, the residents of this state should feel fortunate that their officers demonstrate a high level of professional conduct.
That’s reflected in the roughly 98% of them to date that have passed muster in the state’s newly instituted recertification process, and the ongoing professional development that takes place in individual police departments.
For example, the Lowell Police Department recently announced the expansion of its Training Division to include two full-time officers dedicated to the use of force, firearms and defensive tactics.
The training includes de-escalation techniques and less-lethal options.
Acting Superintendent Barry Golner stated that officers Anthony Webb and David Couture would join the division.
“Having two officers dedicated to training will improve the continuity and consistency in the training sessions all of our officers go through,” Golner said.
Golner also revealed he department will transition to a new firearm in the coming year. Police will also be adding a new less-lethal option to their equipment. Both the firearm and less-lethal option will require “multiple days of training” for all officers, according to the release.
The Training Division is responsible for coordinating and hosting yearly in-service training, the Lowell Police Academy and firearms training. The division currently consists of a lieutenant, sergeant, two officers and a civilian administrative assistant.
According to the release, Webb and Couture have “extensive experience with firearms, defensive tactics and use of force trainings.”
Police must constantly adjust the changing circumstances they face, which requires new tactics to meet these changing situations.
It can’t ensure that police won’t make mistakes in the heat of the moment, only that they’ll be the exceptions that prove the rule of their professional conduct.