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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Mainstreaming officer mental health concerns: 5 programs on display at IACP–
Fitness, health and mental resilience are finally being promoted holistically to prevent officer burnout, PTSD and suicide and keep cops healthier and more productive
Why collaborative leadership improves decision-making–
Decisive action imposed on subordinates is needed in the chaotic tactical environment, but there are good reasons for engaging in collaborative decision-making when time allows
What police officers need to know about federal law enforcement agencies–
Make your community safer with the personnel, resources, knowledge and assets of your federal partners
How to stop bad seeds from taking root in your agency–
There are enough major scandals and gaffes in law enforcement under today’s public scrutiny that we often forget that major issues start as unattended weeds
Collateral damage: When the armed citizen is in the crossfire–
With good citizens carrying guns and willing to intervene on scenes, the decision of police to use deadly force has an added potential for tragedy
Is Amber Guyger's shooting an OIS?–
Dallas officer Amber Guyger had just finished a 15-hour shift when she entered an apartment she mistook as her own and shot a man she thought was an intruder
8 steps to successful implementation of an ALPR system–
Creating and using ALPR is no longer in the category of innovative policing – it is an essential tool for effective law enforcement
The public speaks: Cops are trusted–
The results of a recent poll have tremendous implications for police officers and their agencies
How to douse an inflammatory headline–
Like moths to a flame, the assumption that police action is not only wrong but outrageously and gratuitously violent, seems to be irresistible to reporters and editors
Midsummer madness: Choose the craziest headline–
As temperatures rise, common sense declines as evidenced in this recent set of cop-related headlines
4 things community policing is NOT–
Creating a skill level that allows the community policing ethic to be part of your agency’s core culture must be intentional
What bodycam research reveals about police officers–
The rallying cry of demanding surveillance of police officers by strapping cameras on them has been heard and obeyed. The results show that cops are amazing
What mid-year LODD stats tell us about police risks in 2018–
The 2018 LODD numbers for the first half of the year show a 24 percent increase in murders of police officers over the first half of 2017
It’s all fun and games until it hits the news–
Cops will only be treated with respect by their communities if officers extend that same courtesy
Safety and tactical considerations for freeway pursuits–
Are freeway pursuits inherently safer or more dangerous than those on city streets?
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