In order to remain at the top of their game, people in law enforcement careers need to stay abreast of the latest trends and technologies within their industries. One easy, inexpensive way to do this is to subscribe to a professional journal, bulletin, or newsletter. Professional journals act as the voice of a particular industry or professional community. They serve as a forum for members to learn about and study new ideas and trends, presenting articles of interest to members. Journals track and monitor relevant legislation. In short, professionals can remain informed and educated about their industry and jobs, right in their own home.
Many law enforcement careers offer professional journals, bulletins, and newsletters to those who work in a particular field of the industry. Journals can be available either online or in hard copy; some are free, while others require a subscription. Law enforcement professionals who belong to a job-related association might be entitled to receive these journals as part of their membership. For example, The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators offers their Campus Law Enforcement Journal to their members. With many thousands of professional journals published regularly around the world, it is possible for law enforcement professionals to track down and locate articles of interest at any time. If one does not subscribe to the journal, the publisher might not allow it to be available immediately, but online searches and databases will produce the information needed to locate articles through university or public library systems.
One example of an online law enforcement newsletter is PoliceOne.com. The intent of this newsletter is to keep members of the law enforcement community up to date on the latest police news and industry and technology trends. The information contained in the newsletter is valuable to all police officers, whether they are rookies or chiefs of police. The newsletter discusses officer training, safety, and police technology, as well as provides exclusive news stories and information officers might not learn about elsewhere. For example, officers can find out about training events and seminars, read training articles, and watch training videos. Officers can learn about other law enforcement careers and apply for jobs.
State law enforcement agencies also offer online journals. One such example is the online Law Enforcement Journal of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. This particular journal offers articles of interest relating to particular segments of law enforcement, and includes areas such as departmental information, job responsibilities, and training requirements. Officers can access an online journal archive to review articles that might interest them for their own job, such as Community Policing on a College Campus or Police Ethics.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) publishes a monthly Law Enforcement Bulletin. Subscribers to this bulletin receive relevant law enforcement information presented by experienced professionals. The bulletin offers full-length articles on topics covering both operational and administrative issues. It offers short articles that review other agencies’ programs and procedures. The bulletin includes a Legal Digest, which discusses pertinent legal issues in an easy-to-comprehend format.
Law enforcement professionals who subscribe to online journals and newsletters are able to exchange information and ideas via online forums, chat rooms, email updates, and blogs. These tools allow for an immediate exchange of thoughts and ideas, with support coming directly from other like-minded professionals. These information exchanges also allow for professionals to get to know each other, presenting easy, yet valuable networking opportunities.
For individuals in the law enforcement profession, there is no downside to subscribing to one or more law enforcement journals. They help the serious professional stay informed and educated, and can support their efforts toward job improvement or advancement in their career.