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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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 places, failure to cooperate with other public safety entities is 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
5 keys to great report writing– 7
Patrol officers’ reports are the foundation of the successful investigation and prosecution of a crime, so make sure you’re giving your report the attention it requires
Is it time to scrub Facebook?– 14
A website that monitors law enforcement officers’ Facebook posts is prompting investigations in many agencies
Police Week 2019: 'You never meet a stranger'– 1
The rows of honor guard teams, police vehicles and tapestry of uniforms at Police Week shows the diversity of America’s 18,000 LE agencies
Continuing care for injured officers: What police leaders need to know–
Only a few large police departments are positioned to provide long-term disability income and benefits for injured officers
Why police should be disciplined like doctors and attorneys– 15
A uniform system of adjudication of accused cops could protect officers from politically motivated destruction of police careers
Online training course builds mental health awareness for cops– 1
With a relatable narrative from police officers, the course can help provide clear guidelines on recognizing behavioral health challenges in yourself and your colleagues
Viral Louisville traffic stop: Putting the video into perspective– 16
Video of a traffic stop by a Kentucky crime interdiction team has generated close to a million views, negative headlines and lots of online chatter
6 steps to hosting an effective community meeting– 1
The “sage on the stage” is not a posture designed for listening, but a barrier of separation
'I didn't kill him – and nobody cared'– 5
Here’s how the prevalence of deadly force opportunity in ordinary police experience can inform training
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