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NCJ Number: 120137 Find in a Library
Title: Graduating in Criminal Justice
Journal: Policing  Volume:5  Issue:3  Dated:(Autumn 1989)  Pages:208-223
Author(s): J Tierney
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 16
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article reports on a series of interviews with the first police officers to complete a British honors degree criminal justice curriculum. The newly-graduated police officers assess their education and its impact on their work.
Abstract: In the summer of 1989, 17 career officers with between 15 and 20 years of service completed their degrees in criminal justice studies. They were interviewed and asked why they chose to pursue the degree in criminal justice studies, how their colleagues reacted to their desire for academic training, how they sustained their interest in academic work, and how their studies affected their personal development. The officers also discussed the relevance of the academic degree to police work and whether they thought they had become "over-educated cops." The article concludes by pointing out that a more highly-educated police force will influence criminal justice policies in the years to come. 11 references.
Main Term(s): Criminal justice education
Index Term(s): Degree programs; England; Professional in-service education
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