The discussion about defunding the police became a national discussion earlier last year. Many departments have lost funding, others are waiting on governmental decisions and some have seen no effect to their budgets yet. However, the discussion is still going strong and the actions taken now can have severe side effects.
Lon Bartel, VirTra’s Director of Training and Curriculum, spoke as a guest on Newsmax about this topic: “The issue of defunding means you have less training time. You have less money put in to hiring and selecting the best candidates out there. So when you start talking about defunding, you’re not improving performance. You’re not improving outcomes. You’re running the risk of setting those outcomes into a tailspin.”
It has become clear, through many incidents leading up to this discussion, that law enforcement need more training. Better training. But what many people fail to realize is that additional, more efficient training often results in a higher cost for departments. As such, these departments need to keep their original budgets—or be given more—to produce better equipped, more skilled officers.
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