Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D.
Joel Shults operates Street Smart Training and is the founder of the National Center for Police Advocacy. He retired as Chief of Police in Colorado. Over his 30-year career in uniformed law enforcement and criminal justice education, Joel served in a variety of roles: academy instructor, police chaplain, deputy coroner, investigator, community relations officer, college professor and police chief, among others. Shults earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri, with a graduate degree in Public Services Administration and bachelors in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Central Missouri. In addition to service with the U.S. Army military police and CID, Shults has done observational studies with over 50 police agencies across the country. He has served on a number of advisory and advocacy boards, including the Colorado POST curriculum committee, as a subject matter expert.
His latest book The Badge and the Brain is available at www.joelshults.com.
Follow Joel on Twitter @ChiefShults.
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Safety and tactical considerations for freeway pursuits–
Are freeway pursuits inherently safer or more dangerous than those on city streets?
Lessons learned from 25 years of policing the homeless–
Policies, training and specialized units focusing on homelessness have an increased presence in police agencies compared to 1993 numbers
Pre-attack indicators: Do we finally have a profile on active shooters?–
FBI study looks at what happened in the lives of shooters before the violence to find behavioral predictors of likely mass killers
Suicide response: Police intervention in a person's choice to die–
While most police officers have training on suicide assessment and intervention, they must also have clear guidelines on when they should intervene, if at all
How to use PoliceOne to develop your LE knowledge, career–
Whether preparing for a promotional interview, looking for training materials, or about to finish the academy, there’s no richer resource than the one you’re reading right now
An imPERFect action plan on gun violence–
A new PERF report has several biases influencing its firearms policy recommendations
How police can avoid the Starbucks circus–
The best defense to questions about your department’s integrity is ongoing commitment to the issues about which you are most likely going to be criticized
5 myths about police militarization–
If criticism of the 1033 program rises again, LE agencies need to be ready to educate their communities about why cops need military surplus equipment
Top takeaways from the latest FBI report on active shooters–
The conclusion from examining these incidents is that good citizens, many of whom are lawfully armed, save lives in active shooter attacks
4 ways police leaders can build connections–
If you are not meeting regularly with other public safety decision-makers, here are four ways to make it happen
3 ways self-deployed cops wreak havoc–
While no one wants to fault a hero for showing up to help, there are diminishing returns when self-deployed responders arrive immediately after an event
School shooting response: Why we need to evaluate evacuation–
The task of directing hundreds of students to staging points can put students in a tactically indefensible condition
Why hate crime legislation isn’t the priority for law enforcement–
There are areas where legislation could really make an impact on police officers; hate crime legislation isn’t one of them
Why we need to leave police policymaking to the police–
While police leaders should be encouraged to widen the scope of voices they hear, inviting hostile and unqualified persons to implement policy is another matter
How ALPR data drives intelligence-led policing–
Retaining ALPR data, along with the location coding of the places a license plate was recorded, can provide critical information for investigators
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