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NCJ Number: 220153 Find in a Library
Title: Community Policing: Is Field Training the Missing Link?
Journal: Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management  Volume:30  Issue:3  Dated:2007  Pages:498-517
Author(s): Allison T. Chappell
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 20
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper analyzes the extent to which traditional field training incorporates community-oriented policing and problem solving in its formal evaluation process by examining whether community policing can be successfully integrated in the San Jose field training model as a formal component of training and evaluation of police recruits.
Abstract: The San Jose field training model (FTO) integrated community policing as a formal part of the evaluation process. The agency endorses community policing and the recruits have been trained in community policing in the regional academy. However, findings suggest that, overall, the agency failed to incorporate community-oriented policing services (COPS) in the field training process. Though there has been considerable research in the area of community policing, little of it focuses on training, especially field training. Even though most agencies claim to practice community policing, they have failed to prepare their officers in the philosophies and skills necessary to perform the tasks well. Police academies are beginning to train recruits in community policing, but most agencies still use the San Jose FTO, which was developed before contemporary community policing existed. Because field training is such an important part of police socialization, police academies must teach recruits the skills of community policing. This paper analyzes formal field training evaluations and narratives in one police agency that uses the San Jose Field Training Officer Program. The agency endorses and practices community policing and problem solving. References, appendix
Main Term(s): Community policing
Index Term(s): Police academy; Police field training; Police recruit training; Police recruits; Police training; Problem-Oriented Policing
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