Early Intervention Programs: The Solution to Police Misconduct?

Kim Lersch, University of South Florida
John Newman, University of Southern Florida

More and more contemporary police agencies are turning to the use of early intervention programs (EIP) in order to curb incidents of police misconduct. The purpose of an EIP is to identify problematic officers at the earliest possible stage in order to provide informal intervention in the form of retraining, counseling, or possible reassignment. A number of risk indicators (such as citizen complaints, use of force reports, or shootings) may identify officers as exhibiting potentially problematic behaviors. This paper will discuss the growth of EIPs as a pro-active management tool and present preliminary data from an analysis of one agency's experience with an EIP. Various risk indicators will be discussed and critiqued.

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Updated 05/20/2006