The Institute for Justice Education Reform:
The Institute for Justice Education Reform is the nation’s only nonprofit advocacy organization solely dedicated to increased, reformed, and regulated training for U.S. law enforcement and criminal justice employees.
What are the problems with police training?
- In every state, minimum training requirements for police officers are less than what is mandated for other regulated professions such as contractors, electricians, plumbers and cosmetologists. As an example, states require an average of 667 hours of training for police officers yet, cosmetologists are required to receive about 1,500 hours.
- Police kill more than 3 people per day, over 1,000 humans a year on average. At least 25% of the people that police killed are in mental health crisis or suicidal but police receive on average, only 8 hours of basic training, learning to deal with these emergencies.
- Indigenous People, African Americans, and Latinos are more than twice as likely as white Americans to be killed by police. However, law enforcement receives, on average, less than 20 hours of training dedicated to culture, diversity or human bias.
- Police are often trained on an unscientific, archaic and debunked theories. One, known as the "21-Foot-Rule", teaches police to kill someone if they are with 21 feet of an officer by merely holding a knife or any other object an officer deems a weapon. This training has been used to defend deadly force with other objects such as a spoon, stapler, and yard stick. Despite wide recognition of this flawed and fatal philosophy, officers continue to be trained in this junk science and subsequently killed numerous needlessly.
- Police training dedicates about 1/3rd of their instruction to firearms and tactical scenarios. However, police officers are twice as likely to die due to an accident but receive only a fraction of training in preventing these deaths.
IFJER seeks to provide advocacy, research, analysis, training, and policy and curricula recommendations supported by a legislative action for positions employed within the judicial system such as police and sheriffs, corrections, probation and parole, alcohol enforcement, park rangers, coroners and special jurisdiction police.
The Institute for Justice Education Reform is now looking for a Social Media and Communications Specialist to join our team. Reporting to the Executive Director and Director of Operations, the Social Media & Communications Specialist will be responsible for the creation and implementation of the social media and online communications for IFJER, with the goals of increasing engagement and reach.
- Analyze and create a social media- digital communications strategy;
- Create and manage communication over IFJER’s social media channels, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
- Develop strategies to support online fundraising efforts
- Management of campaigns in collaboration with current initiatives to promote events & achievements through social and digital channels;
- Curate relevant content to educate those regarding the dangers of poor training
- Monitor, listen and respond to users to build community engagement
- Design, create and manage online promotions and social campaigns
- Design and manage online ad campaigns as needed
- Compile report for analysis
- Research and monitor social environments for changes and new avenues; make recommendations as needed.
- Professional work experience in a digital media/communications role.
- Basic proficiency in Photoshop and/or Illustrator.
- Must be able to work independently.
- Previous employment in a nonprofit, especially those settings that cater to advocacy, social service, or criminal justice setting, is highly desired.
The Institute for Justice Education Reform is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
- Copy Writing / Copy Editing
- Social Media / Blogging
- Interactive/Social Media/SEO
- Graphic Design / Print
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- 8 hours per month