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Don't panic.  It's not a big deal.  Your
continuing classroom training, normally
referred to as In-Service Training, will
rarely exceed 40 hours per year.  The
length of in-service training is usually
determined by your state's police training
commission, or an entity responsible for
standards to maintain for your continuing
police certification.

If you're a working cop, the biggest
problem you'll encounter is scheduling.  
For instance, court appearances come
before anything.  I'm sure there are
some legitimate reasons for missing
court, but I can't think of any right now.  
When you add your court commitments
to your department's staffing
requirements, you'll want to get your
in-service training out of the way at your
first opportunity.

What kind of training are you going to
receive?  Well...the subjects can cover
any number of things.  Forty hours is
only one week, and that's not a lot of
time to cover all the things that may have
changed or occurred that can directly
affect your performance as a police officer.

Two of the most important areas of
interest will always be recent court
decisions and use of force issues.  
Unfortunately, some of that forty hours
is going to be wasted boring you to
death with politically correct junk.  You
do need to pay attention to the junk
instruction, so you'll know how to avoid
becoming a politically incorrect victim.
When it comes to the important issues,
in-service training can be just as
important to the trainers as those being
trained:

In one police department, the training
academy underwent some personnel
changes.  Of course, the new personnel
were encouraged to "thing out of the
box," and that's exactly what they did.

Somebody in the group decided that the
use of deadly force instruction should be
tweaked just a little to make it more
effective.  They began instructing police
recruits on the importance of making
oneself sound serious when pointing
your pistol at a suspect.

Here's the tweak:  Screaming profanity at
a suspect.  

Here's the result:  If the suspect
perceives you as a raving lunatic, he'll be
more likely to comply with your profanity
laced commands.

Thankfully...racial slurs were not included
on the list of acceptable profane
vocabulary.

Fortunately, this idiot instruction died a
quick death when it was instituted in the
In-Service instruction.  You see,
in-service students were not recruits,
and the instructors were very
embarrassed when it was pointed out
that their instruction was in clear and
direct violation of the department's rules
and regulations.

Oh, well...nobody's perfect.  The most
important thing for you to remember is
that your career is a continuing
education; your in-service training is but
one small part of that education.
"Two of the most important areas of
interest will always be recent court
decisions and use of force issues."
~ Barry M. Baker
If you think you've seen the last of
classroom training once you've completed
the police academy, you'll be wrong.  
Throughout your career, you'll be
returning to the classroom to be brought
up to date on the ever changing issues
that affect police work.
In-Service
Training
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