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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The sad face of Flint–
The Netflix documentary ‘Flint Town’ is an evocative and intense portrayal of an embattled chief and his understaffed PD serving a struggling community
What Parkland made America forget about school shootings–
If the federal government can do one thing, it is to engage researchers to do deep data mining of every thwarted, attempted, interrupted, or successful school attack
Are we making PTSD epidemic in law enforcement?–
As with many trends, PTSD awareness can spawn some misguided efforts that fail to fully address the issues
Refusal of restaurant service: How to take the high road after a low blow–
How can cops prepare for being told, “We don’t serve your kind around here”?
How citizen surveys improve community engagement with police–
Fort Collins Police Services is part of a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award-winning city with collaborative leadership centered on citizen involvement
How to measure the effectiveness of police training programs–
What gets measured gets managed; use these strategies to assess the effectiveness of police training programs
The trainer’s gift: How all cops play a role in peer-to-peer learning–
If a police officer fails to realize they are already an influencer – no matter what their rank or status – they may be missing the point
4 things to know about the FBI’s latest homicide statistics–
Because crime is politicized and reported in its extremes, it is hard to convince the general public that Americans are in one of the safest eras in human history
What are the biggest challenges impacting policing in America?–
The Heritage Foundation’s report shows encouraging evidence that law enforcement leaders are acknowledging the challenges of policing today
Why cop mythology may kill us–
As viewers watch a Tenn. deputy appear to lose control of his fear, yet another facet of our humanness comes to light
Event security: 7 best practices to prevent or stop violence–
If you are working an event where nobody is taking the possibility of violence seriously, don't let their attitude change your level of awareness and preparation
Baltimore officers' defamation lawsuit proves cops have rights too–
The defenses to defamation and malicious prosecution are challenging to overcome, but not impossible
4 things police leaders should be doing to stop police suicide–
Few agencies are making significant efforts to prevent the loss of lives and productivity resulting from stress injury to the body
5 use of force studies cops should know–
Research backs up the reality that unlawful shootings by police are extremely rare; here’s what you need to know
Why cops must be scholars: 6 tips for understanding research–
Many PD policies are influenced by academic studies, which is why you need to know how to understand the research
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