No matter what profession you are in, the more you learn the better. And that couldn’t be more true for those in the law enforcement field – where rapid advances in technology, an increase in cyber attacks and a focus on community/police relations and transparency, are creating changes in the field every day. For law enforcement professionals, this means an increased need for continuing education and training, which is one of the reasons many law enforcement professionals today are finding value in taking the next step in their education with a master’s degree – something that would have been fairly uncommon for this profession only a decade ago. But if you aren’t ready to take the plunge into a full master’s degree program in law enforcement just yet there is a plethora of resources available to you from law enforcement online training courses to webinars, podcasts and blogs.
Here are our top picks.
Narco Terrorism and Counter Drug Training through The National Guard’s Northeast Counter Drug Training Center – Five distinct paths allow you to focus on: law enforcement/interdiction; narco-terrorism/homeland security; drug demand reduction; military led instruction; or the National Guard bureau.
Spanish Immersion for Law Enforcement through the National Institute of Justice – This is a free law enforcement online training course for professionals interested in learning Spanish.
General Training through the Police Officers Safety Association (POSA)— POSA offers videos, articles and powerpoint presentations on everything from Basic Crisis Entry to Responding to Bomb Threats and Off-Duty Safety.
Reality Based Law Enforcement Training from In the Line of Duty – In the Line of Duty offers over 300 video training programs using reality based scenarios.
Webinars and Podcasts
Law Enforcement Leadership Webinar Series through the American Military University – The webinar series offers a few new webinars each month, all of which are offered free to law enforcement personnel.
Police Podcasts via Police Magazine — Police magazine offers a host of podcasts that include conversations and interviews with law enforcement professionals, leaders, and authors in the field.
FLETC Podcast via the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers – The FLETC podcast series discuss legal matters related to law enforcement covering a broad spectrum from officer liability to use of force to interrogating military suspects.
The Beat Podcasts from the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services – This monthly series offers the latest in community policing news, including interviews with experts in the field.
FBI Podcasts: Inside the FBI; FBI, This Week; Gotcha; Wanted by the FBI – These four podcast series from the FBI discuss everything from breaking news to behind the scenes stories to memorable cases and most wanted fugitives.
Blue Sheepdog – This is a blog written by law enforcement professionals for law enforcement professionals. It includes not only great tips , training, information and reviews, it also includes more in depth articles and videos as well as a podcast.
Early American Crime – An interesting blog by author Anthony Vaver on the history of crime and punishment in America.
Cops Alive – A great resource for law enforcement professionals about healthy living, dealing with stress and trauma, and strategies for handling the demands of a career in law enforcement.
In Homeland Security – A blog by the American Military University with expert written articles on terrorism, disaster response and cyber security just to name a few.
FBI News Blog – A blog by the FBI with the latest news, reports and statistics from the field.
University of San Diego offers a Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership that can be taken completely online and completed in just 20 months. This multi-faceted, skills-based, law enforcement degree examines leadership, management, organizational theory, critical issues, community assessment, budget and finance, public safety law, and conflict resolution in addition to criminal justice topics. To learn more about our top-ranked, accredited program , visit our program page.