Education in the law enforcement field has been long debated. In the 1960s, the Law Enforcement Education program was created as a means to improve the quality of the police force in response to public criticism.
On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was shot by police officers in Ferguson, Missouri setting off protests and igniting a nationwide conversation around police community relations, race, inequality and poverty. Over time the situation has only escalated.
Technological innovations have been changing the law enforcement landscape.
Law enforcement in the 21st century is evolving rapidly, as police face new threats and challenges along with increased scrutiny from the public and the media.
According to The Police Chief magazine, as well as many industry experts, there is a leadership crisis in the law enforcement industry.