Has Training Kept Pace with Changes in Policing --

And What Needs to Happen Next?:

A National Conversation of Police Chiefs and Sheriffs

About How to Reinvent Police Training


Given the ongoing situation with the novel coronavirus, and based on guidance from the CDC and District of Columbia public health officials, PERF is postponing our April 30 meeting in Washington, DC on reinventing police academy training.  We are looking for an alternative date later in the year for this meeting. We will update you once a new date has been selected.

For those of you who have already made room reservations at the Mayflower Hotel, you should contact the hotel directly to cancel.  There should be no penalty or fee for canceling your reservation.


Thursday, April 30, 2020

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

(Breakfast will be served from 7:30-8:30. Lunch will be served at noon.)

Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Mayflower Hotel

Click here to register for "Has Training Kept Pace with Changes in Policing- 
and What Needs to Happen Next?"


The Critical Issues in Policing series is supported by the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

Policing has changed dramatically in the last few years. New technology has changed the nature of crime and criminal investigations. Use-of-force policies and practices have undergone a major transformation. And the demands on today’s officers have multiplied—addressing complex issues such as mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness is now a regular part of most officers’ jobs. 

With so much change happening so rapidly, police training has been challenged to keep up. Some academies have taken important steps to update their training programs. But the reality is that the way most police officers are trained today has not kept pace with the enormous changes taking place in policing. The basic model of the police academy—a paramilitary approach anchored largely by classroom instruction (as opposed to scenario-based training)—is relatively unchanged. And it is still all too common for recruits to come out of the academy, only to be told by a career field training officer to “forget everything you learned in the academy.” Police leaders often talk of 21st century policing, but in many ways the profession still follows a 20th century approach to training.   

PERF’s conference on April 30 will challenge participants to think differently about police training and explore fundamental questions such as:

  • What should police training and education for the 21st century look like?
  • What are some of the promising models from within the policing profession?
  • Are there training approaches from other professions that policing could learn from? 

The goal is to develop a new vision for police training that includes practical approaches and guiding principles that will shape how the officers of the future are trained.   

Who Should Attend

  • Police chiefs
  • Sheriffs
  • Other law enforcement leaders (especially those who oversee the training function)
  • Academy directors
  • Police trainers
  • Researchers, including experts on adult education
  • Others interested in helping to shape the future of police training

Meeting Details 

Date:         Thursday, April 30, 2020
Time:         8:30 am - 4:00 pm (Breakfast and lunch will be provided)
Location:  Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
                  Washington, DC 20036 


PERF will also host a reception for meeting attendees on the evening of Wednesday, April 29, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The reception will also be held in the Mayflower Hotel.

Meeting Registration 

Please register for the meeting online by clicking hereSeating is limited, and all participants must register in advance.

There is no charge to attend the meeting; attendees are responsible for their own travel costs.

Hotel Rooms

For participants needing hotel rooms, PERF has secured a room block at the Mayflower Hotel at a rate of $309 per night. 

Reservations can be made online by clicking here. You may also call the hotel at 877-212-5752; be sure to mention the PERF Room Block. (If you plan to stay at the Mayflower for more than one night, you will need to call the hotel.)

Please note that the last day to secure a reservation at the room block rate is April 2. Any reservation modifications or cancellations must also be made by this date.

For More Information 

This meeting is part of PERF’s Critical Issues in Policing series, which is supported by the Motorola Solutions Foundation. If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Sarah Mostyn at [email protected].