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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LE takeaways from the largest database of life histories of U.S. mass shooters– 1
Researchers say being part of a set of available and long-term resources to preempt active shooters is far more important than annual active shooter drills
What boomer cops know about connecting with communities– 3
It’s great to get likes, views and smiling emojis, but it’s also great to get a handshake, a thank you and a wave with all the right fingers
How to prevent P.O.S.T. trauma– 1
To a cadet with no experience in policing, much of the subject matter in the academy – both academic and skills – is abstract and hypothetical
Who is watching your six?– 1
How to assess whether the threat you are focusing on is less than the threat from your surroundings
7 habits of unsuccessful departments– 60
If you want cops who care about citizens, you need leaders who care for cops
6 'invisible' signs that a subject is resisting a police officer– 5
Every aspect of the scene and the arrestee must be explained for the benefit of supervisors, prosecutors and juries
5 reasons back-up calls don’t guarantee safety– 17
In defending against the “why didn’t you call for backup” critique from friend and foe alike, there are a few things to consider – here are five for starters
Survival mindset: Fake it 'til you make it?– 43
Let’s do a little thinking about what sometimes passes for a survival mindset
PERF explores the police recruitment and retention crisis– 9
The applicant shortage is not a short-term issue that can be resolved by agencies relying solely on traditional recruitment methods
Is anger a necessary poison in policing?– 2
Anger creates body chemistry that can be toxic if not flushed from the body by time or physical exercise
10 tips for police rookies who think they know everything– 209
You’re almost done with your probationary period and you aced the academy — in short, you think you know a lot
Evaluating critical thinking: The missing link in active shooter response training– 1
Officers can better respond to what cannot be predicted if they are trained to make decisions under dangerous and rapidly changing conditions
How to influence law and policy makers– 2
What can officers and law enforcement advocates do when bad or ill-timed legislation is proposed?
The backup officer you hate to see coming– 3
Knowing your role as a cover officer will help you stay in your lane, and make my contact safer
Surviving through self-affirmation– 1
Unresolved stress inhibits our performance and judgement, which makes it an immediate survival issue, not just a long-term one
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