National Police Association Podcast #95 with Roy Bedard, Ph.D., police use-of-force expert, trainer & President of RRB Systems


National Police Association Podcast #95 with Roy Bedard, Ph.D., police use-of-force expert, trainer & President of RRB Systems


QUOTES

05:27 "Law enforcement is, in fact, a model. Of course, it always can become a better model. There's always room for improvement. But it is a model."

07:41 "To reform it, you really have to have a baseline and I would submit that anyone who really was interested in reform should start there. We're trying to understand what it is that law enforcement officers are commissioned to do."

09:53 "Teaching people how to think is much, much different than teaching people what to think. And in our business, I think as a paramilitary organization at our root, we have done a lot of teaching what to think and that has sort of eliminated, in some respects, our critical thinking capacities."

18:02 "I would think that if you dedicated about 20% of your time in law enforcement to training, either in block style training but more importantly in daily training, I think we would be better off for it."

20:18 "So if your temporal experience, if we expose you to more events that are similar to the kind of events that you'll see, we start to develop long-term memory on how deal with those."
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SUMMARY

In this episode of the National Police Association Podcast, Sgt. Betsy Smith interviews Dr. Roy Bedard, CEO of RRB Systems Int., expert in use-of-force and law enforcement trainer. The idea of reform has to have a baseline so that all critics can be on the same page of what to change and how to do it. Another central aspect are the idea of critical thinking and human emotion. There has to be changes how these concepts are approached to how we think to be able to effect true change in police work that benefits society. 

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HIGHLIGHTS

01:08 Police use of force: Why is there so much attention on it?

04:12 The frustrating notion of reasonableness

07:29 Breaking down the concepts of reform and criminality

10:37 Cognition and strengthening our brains 

16:39 Fine-tuning police training with scientific bases

18:14 Human emotion and its influence on police work

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RESOURCES
National Police Association