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Policemen in America Need to be Trained Longer


According to the Rialto Police Department website “becoming a member of the law enforcement profession takes about two years to complete,” but that includes the background process, the mental and physical assessments, and all of the other qualifying factors, so the amount of time actually training is much less than two years.


The city of Rialto has its fair share of crime, and in some cities where the crime rate is higher like Los Angeles, Long Beach, Manhattan, and the city of Florida they need hundreds more police officers than in Rialto.


In all of these cities, including ours, police need more training so they can stop some of these violent crimes from happening, or even prevent them.


How long do I think they should train, you ask? Well, I've done my fair share of research about police training all over the world, and I’ve found valuable information.


In Sweden police officers train for 2 and a half years, in Japan 2 years, Norway 3 years, Italy 5 years AND they need to have a degree in Law.


To go back to the question at hand, I think policemen should be trained for at least 2-3 years.

I know what you’re thinking “Isn’t that too long?”


No, not at all.


If we want them to do a better job and be better officers then they need more time to learn how to do it correctly, and if it just so happens to take that long then so be it.


In America, we have a high crime rate and with that high crime rate we need policemen. When our policemen have more training they help protect us from these crimes, and save lives, and even help solve these crimes once they are committed.


With the training they are given some don’t have the knowledge of certain situations.

For example, let’s say you are a white police officer, who grew up in a suburban, predominantly white neighborhood with not many POC (people of color).You have completed your months of training and now you're out in the streets with all sorts of people, and you're scared ... you’re scared of how dangerous it is and how “uncomfortable” you feel around these people.


Now you pull a black man over and ask him to show you his identification, but when he tries to show you his i.d. you shoot him because “he looked nervous,” “it looked like he had a gun,” or “it was self defense” … but in reality it was because you were scared.


How are citizens supposed to rely on officers when we know that some can’t be trusted, when we know that some aren’t prepared for situations that will be coming to them?


We should not have to be worried about our families, friends, or ourselves just because someone who should be prepared for every situation, isn’t.


Police need more training, before more lives are lost.


34 comments

34 Comments


ximenam9737
ximenam9737
Aug 26, 2022

I agree that police officers need a longer education when it comes to their training. Police officers in America usually only have a high school diploma, and in my opinion that's not very reassuring. In Italy police train for 5 years on top of having a degree in law! The streets and the books are two completely different things, if an officer doesn't have an understanding of the books then there is a high chance they will not be ready to handle the streets. The moment they step into uniform and put on the badge to make rounds it's as if they step into a battlefield. They have no idea what is going to be thrown at them. And i…


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Emily Naranjo
Emily Naranjo
Mar 04, 2022

In her article, "Policemen in America Need to be trained Longer," Livia Rollie claims that policemen should be trained for a longer time. I agree completely with this statement and I especially believe that policemen should be required to have a degree in Law. There have been many recorded instances in which a police officer is enforcing a law that does not actually exist. In a video I watched a police officer was making a claim that when in California you are required to have a California driver's license in order to drive in the state, when in reality that's not true. Regular citizens should be able to trust police officers but they're lack of knowledge in the field makes…

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Alex Morales
Alex Morales
Mar 04, 2022

In her article, "Policemen in America Need to be Trained Longer," Livia Rollie argues that policemen need to be trained for longer periods of time. I agree with this because of how many unnecessary deaths have been caused by the inadequacy of the police force. There are increasing amounts of cases where an officer goes too far, whether intentionally or unintentionally and they need to be stopped.

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Vivian Mejia
Vivian Mejia
Mar 04, 2022

In her article, "Policemen in America Need to be Trained Longer," Livia Rollie claims that policemen need more training time. Police officers need more time to train because many don't know how to handle situations and things go wrongs. Police officers have the power in the situation and how it ends is also in their power. Police officers can make a situation escalate quickly when it is unnecessary.

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Abdi Rios-Medina
Abdi Rios-Medina
Oct 05, 2021

I agree because some police officers may not have the right amount of training to make the right call in certain situations.

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