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Journal: Law and Order  Volume:42  Issue:3  Dated:(March 1994)  Pages:91-94
Author(s): A T Vodicka
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 4
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Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Despite the introduction of higher educational requirements for entry-level police officers in some departments, controversy over the advantages of a college education for officers continues.
Abstract: There are many methodological problems associated with attempts to quantify the impact of a college education on an officer's performance. Some of the advantages of higher education may include greater knowledge of procedures and functions related to present and future assignments, better appreciation of the role officers play in the criminal justice system, a greater range of interpersonal skills, greater analytical abilities, and a strong moral character. Current research shows that college-educated officers perform the tasks of policing better, communicate better, show more flexibility in dealing with difficult situations, and adapt better to organizational change. On the down side, however, college requirements may negatively affect minority recruitment, may lead to officers who are not sufficiently challenged by their responsibilities, and may raise unrealistic expectations regarding promotions and special treatment. 9 references
Main Term(s): Police higher education
Index Term(s): Educational requirements
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