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What do Police Consultants do?

Police consultants are independent advisors who provide guidance and expertise to law enforcement agencies. They work closely with police departments to identify issues and offer solutions to improve operations, policies, procedures, and training.

Overview of Police Consultant Duties

Some of the key responsibilities of a police consultant include:

  • Conducting assessments – Consultants meet with police leadership and analyze current practices, data, community relations, staffing, budgets, equipment, and more to pinpoint areas for improvement.
  • Making recommendations – Based on assessments, consultants give police departments clear, actionable recommendations on updating policies, enhancing training programs, adopting new technologies, realigning staffing models, and other operational changes.
  • Assisting with implementation – Consultants don’t just make recommendations and leave. They actively assist with change management and implementation of new initiatives through project planning, pilot testing, training, policy writing, and progress tracking.
  • Building community trust – Many consultants specialize in strengthening police-community relations through improved transparency, accountability, diversity policies, crisis intervention programs, and more.
  • Conducting audits – Consultants are often brought in to audit specific aspects of a police department such as use of force incidents, internal affairs complaints, traffic stop data, crime clearance rates, and more. These audits identify areas of risk and needed improvements.
  • Crisis response – During times of crisis, turmoil, or high-profile incidents, police departments frequently leverage consultants to assess what happened objectively, manage community reactions, and prevent future issues.

Key Skills and Background

To succeed as a law enforcement consultant, the following qualifications are highly desirable:

  • Law enforcement experience – Having served as a police officer, investigator, administrator, or in a related role. This hands-on experience lends immense credibility.
  • Strong communication abilities – Needed for liaising with diverse stakeholders, making recommendations, delivering training, and managing projects.
  • Analytical skills – Critical for conducting comprehensive assessments, audits, and analysis of policies, data, trends, and more.
  • Change management expertise – Vital for driving adoption of updated policies, procedures, technologies, and departmental realignments.
  • Subject matter expertise – Most consultants specialize in specific areas like use of force, crisis intervention, training, recruitment, staffing, internal affairs, community policing, homeland security, technology, and more.
  • Teaching skills – Important for developing training curriculums and educating law enforcement personnel on policy changes.
  • Degrees in criminal justice, law, public administration, or related fields – While hands-on experience is most important, relevant academic credentials are also extremely helpful.

Why Police Departments Hire Consultants

There are many reasons why law enforcement agencies leverage independent police consultants, including:

George FernandezGeorge Fernandez
14:16 30 Apr 24
Excellent 10 out of 10, Helped resolve my case. Jeremy explained everything and made everything easy to understand.
21:33 24 Apr 24
If you are looking for a lawyer that listens, is aggressive where needed, and holds his word above all else, Todd is the best pick. I had hired multiple attorneys prior to hiring the Spodek Group for a white collar case. The first thing that stood out to me was the cost, as anyone going through the process and dealing with the system, money was tight at that time - especially after hiring and firing multiple lawyers. The cost was not as high as others which was definitely a plus. Todd's intake process was also unlike other attorneys. He took the time to actually listen. He cared. He was trying to put himself in my shoes while I was explaining the situation to him and he really took the time to understand the whole situation. Other lawyers will give you 15 mins and send you a retainer agreement. Not Todd, I think he spent almost two hours with me as I was explaining everything.Not only was he great during the onboarding process, he was supportive and very informative through the entire plea process and eventually sentencing. After hiring him, I asked if I should hire a prison consultant, he told me to save my money as he would do everything they would. He was right and held up to his word. Later on I would hear from others that went with the prison consultants that they were a waste of money - I am glad I listened to Todd!When it came time for sentencing, two days prior to sentencing, the prosecutor tried increasing my proposed prison time by almost double - apparently a normal move. Todd and his team worked with me non-stop through the weekend prior to sentencing to ensure that I was not given additional prison time. Again, he took the time to listen and came up with a strategy to explain the case with great detail.Unfortunately, I did plead guilty as that was my best option. Todd and his whole team wrote up nearly 300 pages of a summary of what happened and why I should not be given prison time. If I breakdown the amount I spent with Todd versus the amount of work that I saw being done, I am shocked I was not charged four times as much. The other benefit was, a lot of criminal defense lawyers were just a single attorney with a paralegal or two. Todd had a team of people that I dealt with (5-7 people that I interacted with), but he was ALWAYS accessible. It would never take him more than an hour to reply unless he was in court.I was sentenced to prison and I was emotionally distraught. Todd and his team did whatever they could even after sentencing to make sure I was alright. He personally stayed in touch with my family to ensure I was doing alright and offered support to them. Most lawyers would consider the job complete at sentencing, not Todd.After prison, Todd still spent time with me to make sure I was on the right track and avoiding any potential risks in the future. He has also been giving advice on how to navigate probation etc and has not been looking at the clock for billing.Although I wish I had never been arrested in the first place, I am glad I had Todd and his team in my corner. Without them I likely would have had to spend a lot more time in prison than I did.Thank you, Todd, and the entire Spodek Law team, for helping turn what was a nightmare into a manageable situation!
Yelva Saint-PreuxYelva Saint-Preux
19:26 19 Apr 24
I am immensely grateful to the entire team at Spodek Law Group for their unwavering dedication and exceptional expertise throughout my case. From our initial consultation to the final resolution, their professionalism and tireless advocacy made all the difference. Their strategic approach and attention to detail instilled confidence in me every step of the way.Thanks to their hard work and commitment, we achieved a truly favorable outcome that exceeded my expectations. Not only did they navigate the complexities of my case with precision, but they also provided invaluable support and guidance during what was undoubtedly a challenging time. I cannot recommend Spodek Law Group highly enough, especially attorneys Todd Spodek and Claire Banks; they are beacons of excellence in the legal profession.YSP.
Katherine SunKatherine Sun
18:08 18 Apr 24
my lawyer is Alex Zhik. Efficient, patient and professional
Nun yaNun ya
17:48 18 Apr 24
Todd, Ralph and Alex are amazing. Helped my husband get from a double digit number with multiple charges to a single digit, by the time I blink he will be out. They very professional and help with all your needs. They dealt with my anxiety and worry very well and they understand that your family member needs to get home as soon as possible.
Keisha ParrisKeisha Parris
20:45 15 Mar 24
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
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16:26 15 Mar 24
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence.Thank you team!
K MarK Mar
01:37 25 Jan 24
I recently had Spodek Law Group represent me for a legal matter in NYC and I am thoroughly impressed with their services.Alex Zhik secured the best possible outcome for my case.It was a seamless journey from the initial consultation to the resolution of my legal matter. From the moment I spoke to Todd about my case, his enthusiasm to help was evident, setting a positive tone for the entire experience. The efficiency and professionalism displayed by the team is commendable.A particularly noteworthy aspect of their service is their user-friendly portal to upload your documents/evidence. This not only simplified the process, but showcases their commitment to streamline the client experience.Lastly, in an industry where legal fees can often be a concern, I found their pricing to be very reasonable, making needing legal assistance feel accessible and stress-free.I am grateful for their support and wouldn't hesitate to turn to them again in the future.
  • Bring an outside perspective – Consultants assess policies, practices, data, and community relations through a neutral, third-party lens. This avoids internal biases.
  • Access leading experts – Consultants are often industry-leading experts in key areas of policing best practices. Departments gain invaluable expertise.
  • Drive innovation – Consultants expose departments to cutting-edge strategies, technologies, training methods, and policing approaches they may not uncover on their own.
  • Lend validation – Recommendations made by respected police consultants lend outside validation when presenting policy changes or funding requests to municipal leadership, oversight authorities, or the public.
  • Provide specialization – With focused expertise in specific realms like use of force, crisis intervention, recruiting, staffing analysis, etc., consultants offer targeted guidance other agencies may lack.
  • Offer objective assessments – Following high-profile incidents, police departments often hire independent consultants to review what happened and provide unbiased perspectives.
  • Facilitate community relations – Consultants guide departments on improving transparency, diversity, de-escalation policies, crisis intervention programs, community policing initiatives, and more to strengthen public trust.

Examples of Police Consulting Firms

There are police consulting firms across America that specialize in various aspects of law enforcement management, policies, training, community relations, and more. Some of the top firms include:

  • Hillard Heintze – Leading strategic advisory firm for security, investigations, and law enforcement clients.
  • CNA – Provides in-depth police department analysis, recommendations, and technical assistance.
  • Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) – Respected police research organization that shapes policing best practices.
  • 21CP Solutions – Focuses on independent police monitorships and strengthening community trust.
  • Institute for Intergovernmental Research – Delivers specialized law enforcement training and technical assistance.

There are also many individual police consultants across the country who offer their services independently to law enforcement agencies in need of expert guidance in specific areas. These solo consultants are typically retired police leaders with decades of firsthand experience.

Typical Police Consulting Project Process

While every police consulting engagement is unique, most follow a similar high-level process:

1. Needs Assessment

  • Consultants meet with police leadership to understand key pain points, areas of risk, public concerns, and organizational goals.
  • Background research is conducted and data/information is gathered on current policies, trainings, systems, community issues, and more.

2. Detailed Evaluation

  • Consultants take a deep dive into focused areas identified during the needs assessment phase. This involves further interviews, riding along with officers, audits of internal affairs files or use of force incidents, analysis of crime statistics, and reviewing public complaints or lawsuits.

3. Findings & Recommendations

  • Consultants synthesize evaluation findings into a recommendations roadmap. This details changes needed to policies, accountability systems, trainings, community policing programs, new technologies, staffing models, and more.

4. Implementation Planning & Assistance

  • Consultants collaborate with department leadership on implementation planning, including phasing of recommendations, policy writing, pilot programs, training updates, and progress tracking.
  • Some consultants stay involved in an advisory role during rollout of key initiatives to ensure successful adoption. Others hand off implementation but return periodically to evaluate progress.

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