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NCJ Number: 167908 Find in a Library
Title: College Internship Program: Prospective Recruits Get Hands- On Experience
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:65  Issue:9  Dated:(September 1996)  Pages:21-24
Author(s): K W Dale
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 4
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Document: HTML
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Spring Lake Park Police Department (Minnesota) has developed an internship program for college students interested in law enforcement careers; the program provides a way for prospective police candidates to serve the agency and community while gaining valuable on-the-job training.
Abstract: Further, the experience gained can help the interns decide whether they wish to pursue a law enforcement career after graduating from college. The program generally spans 10 weeks but can be tailored to meet the needs of individual candidates. To ensure that each candidate receives the most from the experience, the police department accepts only one student per quarter. All members of the agency participate in the training process and provide each intern's department supervisor with feedback on the individual's progress. Initially, the interns work closely with clerical and administrative personnel to gain an understanding of the organization and become familiar with police documents, forms, records, databases, and available support services. During this introductory phase, interns answer phones, observe interaction between the public and department personnel, review the agency's manuals, and become familiar with its law library. With the cooperation of patrol officers, the interns receive field training in a ride-along format. Interns wear uniforms that clearly distinguish them from patrol officers. Under the direct supervision of patrol officers, the interns are encouraged to handle routine calls for service. Interns also work with investigators, tour jails and crime labs, and spend a shift at the communication center; they also observe district and municipal court proceedings. Each intern makes daily entries in a personal log book. Supervisors use a final evaluation form to assess intern performance and participation in the program. Since 1988, 10 students have completed the internship program, and nearly all have sought employment as law enforcement officers upon graduation.
Main Term(s): Police training programs
Index Term(s): Intern programs; Minnesota; Police personnel selection
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