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NCJ Number: 158320 Find in a Library
Title: Law Enforcement: The Struggle to Break the Professional Barrier
Journal: Sheriff  Volume:47  Issue:5  Dated:(September-October 1995)  Pages:10-11,57
Author(s): A D Kennard
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 3
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Sheriffs around the country should actively advance the tenets of police professionalism, which is crucial to police effectiveness.
Abstract: Professionalism is needed in several areas: training, technology, educational levels of the work force, and organizational evaluation. Sheriffs can strive to meet the criteria of a profession as accepted by national professional organizations. A major barrier to recognition of as a profession is collective reluctance to take part in the Nation's system of higher education, relying instead on varying State requirements for law enforcement certification. Criteria normally associated with a profession include high visibility, continuous training, codified body of knowledge, requirement for quick decisions, licensing procedures, and written ethical standards. Although police agencies come close to meeting all these criteria, they need to follow through in areas in which they fall short, such as higher education, technology and technological proficiency, and self-evaluation. Photograph and illustrations
Main Term(s): Police professionalism
Index Term(s): Sheriffs
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