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Early Intervention Programs for Law Enforcement

CJI is offering a program this spring focusing on Early Intervention Programs for Law Enforcement.

Law enforcement administrators throughout the country have long recognized that a small percentage of officers are responsible for a disproportionate share of complaints, which can tarnish the reputation of the entire agency. Since the early 1980’s, many large police agencies began to establish tracking systems that systematically identify patterns of behavior of individual officers. This is a problem solving approach that goes beyond taking action on a particular incident which is a concern, but identifying trends and patterns of behavior which require a more strategic response.

The premise of an Early Intervention Program is essentially to identify an officer who is likely to engage in potentially damaging behavior before the behavior occurs. An Early Intervention Program that only systematically tracks complaints and other behaviors for documentation after they have happened without analysis and action to prevent further improper conduct is not effective. The establishment of an Early Intervention Program in a law enforcement agency in today’s policing environment provides several advantages to a police administrator. A primary benefit is that the entire agency is put on notice that too many complaints and other negative indicators are being reviewed by the administration.

This class will examine the benefits, components, and pitfalls to avoid when developing a program.

Join us on Thursday, March 21, at the Criminal Justice Institute to learn more about Early Intervention Programs.