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 position for Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for all the elements of volunteering within the organization and providing ongoing support to the volunteers. The Volunteer Coordinator supervises volunteers and provides direction, coordination, and consultation for all volunteer functions.
- Knowledge of management principles and evaluation techniques related to programs that involve a cadre of volunteers, such as recruitment, data management, engagement, and retention
- Previous employment in a nonprofit, especially those settings that cater to advocacy, social service, or criminal justice setting, is highly desired.
- Experience in volunteering locally and/or internationally is preferred
- Possess an educational background in Criminal Justice, law, and research is helpful
- CSR / Volunteer Coordination
- Resource Development / Management
- Human Resources Strategy
- Organization Design
- Community Outreach
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Requirements & Commitment
- 4-6 hours per week