It is said that ignorance of the law is no excuse, a statement often made by someone who unknowingly breaks a law. Unfortunately, it's usually AFTER an event in which important knowledge is obtained. Such is the case when it comes to police training.

According to Fox 6, a recent national law enforcement survey by the Police Executive Research Forum finds some of the skills officers use the most are the ones they train on the least. Skills like de-escalation, communication and using pepper spray are at the bottom of the training list, which are the skills former Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ted Sexton says are as important as dealing with firearms training or defensive tactics; and Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson says the need to retain officers will be addressed especially following the recent arrests of three University of Alabama students.

Right now, law enforcement isn't very popular nationally, and police departments across the country are retraining their officers. Hopefully, the instances of law enforcement will increase while abuse of perceived power will decrease, and order can be restored in our country.