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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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– 6
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– 207
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
Limitations of the passenger side approach–
The passenger side contact remains an essential strategy for officer safety, but recognizing its limitations can enhance the odds in the officer’s favor
Suspicious person calls and third-party racial profiling– 4
Can officers avoid contacting the suspected person if they believe the caller was acting out of their own bias toward someone’s appearance?
NLEOMF report details mid-year 2019 LODD statistics– 1
Sixty law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty during the first six months of 2019 – a 35% decrease over the same period last year
6 ways to improve cooperation among public safety disciplines– 1
In many cases (and many places) failure to cooperate with other public safety entities was not an option — there’s no embarrassment in asking for help when the situation requires it
8 reasons you may need to leave your department– 19
There are many factors other than pay that determine whether an officer chooses to stay with or leave an agency
Do police response times matter?– 3
While research shows little correlation between faster arrival on scene and arrest rates, response time does play a big role in public satisfaction
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