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Title: Evaluation of Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Training Provided by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association
Author(s): Karen Shastri Ph.D.; Holly Wald Ph.D.
Date Published: September 2004
Page Count: 81
Sponsoring Agency: Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167
Sale Source: Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
P. O. Box 1167
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Findings and recommendations are presented from the evaluation study on Community Oriented Policing Services Training Program offered by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association (PCPA) to determine if the program is increasing the establishment of additional community policing and problem-oriented policing.
Abstract: The evaluation findings indicate that the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association (PCPA) training seminars have been effective. The results suggest that the PCPA seminars have served as a cost-effective vehicle for providing information to help police and community members work together. Also, there is a broad range of support for the community-oriented policing services philosophy from police and community representatives. With respect to the training received, the majority of the individuals that responded to the survey attended more than one PCPA seminar. Based on the findings, the following highlights recommendations for improvement in several areas of PCPA trainings; (1) publicizing the training, (2) location of training, (3) seminar structure, (4) training topics, and (5) followup and other considerations. In January 2003, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency funded an evaluation of the Community Oriented Policing Services Training Program (COPS) offered through the PCPA. The purpose of the COPS seminars is to increase the number of municipalities that participate in proactive law enforcement methods and build on the seminars offered in various regions. The primary purpose of the evaluation is to determine the extent to which participation in the PCPA COPS seminars have been successful for local law enforcement activities and in meeting the needs of the community. A multimodal approach was used in the evaluation of the COPS seminars which consisted of both quantitative and qualitative data. Tables, figures, and appendixes A-C
Main Term(s): Community policing
Index Term(s): Pennsylvania; Police training evaluation; Police training innovations; Police training programs; Problem-Oriented Policing; Program evaluation; Training evaluation
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