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The development of policing in the United States closely followed the development of policing in England. In the early colonies policing took two forms. It was both informal and communal, which is referred to as the "Watch," or private-for-profit policing, which is called "The Big Stick” (Spitzer, 1979).
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One of the more obscure requirements in the police recruitment and employment process is the residency requirement. People interested in becoming a police officer are often unaware that some agencies still have residency requirements.  While large local police departments recruit officers from around the country, other smaller agencies often have strict residency requirements limiting recruitment to the local jurisdiction or state. Residency requirements can effect both the recruitment of applicants...
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Occupational Therapist speaking with a patient in a wheelchair
Joy Anderson, former chair of the occupational therapy department at Eastern Kentucky University, said to me years ago “Once an OT, always and OT”. She was right.
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In many, if not most countries, the police are organized on a national basis. But in the United States policing is fragmented into federal, state and local levels of organization. The rationale for this fragmentation can be found in two beliefs. First, in the early days of the Republic citizens were afraid of a federally controlled police force. Second, there is a uniquely American belief that local problems are best...
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Occupational Therapist speaking with a patient in a wheelchair
Take a minute to think about upper extremity dysfunction. How would your life suddenly change if you lost the use of your hands? What if you had a condition, such as arthritis where you gradually had less use of your hands? Hands play a vital role in our well being because of their dexterity and use as self expression. Hand injury affects a person physically, psychologically, and financially.
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Smiling police officer stands next to cruiser
I am often asked this and similar questions, and having been part of many hiring processes for my agency and others-I offer the following insight. Prospective applicants ask “what are the benefits of getting a degree, and will it really help me”? The short answer is yes. The job market has become increasingly competitive. Employers, including police agencies, are more selective now than ever before. Consideration will be given to...
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Police cruiser patrols the street
The 2013 Boston Marathon will be forever etched into our memories. Two Improvised Explosive Devices were detonated at the finish line causing three deaths and over 180 injuries. The explosion is a reminder to all of how vulnerable we are to cowardly acts of violence. From the initial response by first responders to the crisis site and four days of intense investigations that led to the death of suspect 2...
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Occupational Therapist speaking with a patient in a wheelchair
“The point is not to become a leader. The point is to become yourself, and to use yourself completely – all your gifts, skills and energies – to make your vision manifest. You must withhold nothing. You must, in sum, become the person you started out to be, and to enjoy the process of becoming.” Bennis, 2003
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