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If the root cause of the need for more training and better mentoring is inadequate funding for training, then I can see how "more money" might help.
I am aware that various professional fields (Accounting, Medicine, Cosmetology -- just to name a few diverse skills) require continuing professional education every year. Why should we think that the police would be any different in that regard? This would mean, however, that the various law enforcement agencies would need to have a certain amount of their budget designated for training, and of that, a specified amount set aside for CPE (continuing professional education). We all know that policing today is much different than it was even 50 years ago. Back then, if you were taken into custody by PD, they did not have to advise you of your rights. That changed in 1966 with the landmark Supreme Court decision Miranda v. Arizona. 100 years ago, if you didn't "come along quietly," the police might beat you senseless with a billy club. Policing is an evolving profession, and as such it seems to me that on-going training is necessary and would be a good thing.
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