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NCJ Number: 229209 Find in a Library
Title: Content and Adequacy of Specialized Police Training to Handle Youth-Related Incidents: Perceptions of Trainers, Supervisors, and Frontline Officers
Journal: International Criminal Justice Review  Volume:19  Issue:4  Dated:December 2009  Pages:456-477
Author(s): Jennifer L. Schulenberg; Deirdre M. Warren
Date Published: December 2009
Page Count: 22
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated the content and perceived adequacy of specialized training received based on duty assignment.
Abstract: Findings show differences in the perceptions of training content and adequacy for training, supervisory, and frontline personnel; the differences were most pronounced between the trainers and practitioners than they were between supervisors and frontline officers. Data suggest that the academy focus on training generalists has the effect of increasing the impact and importance of informal socialization by field training officers on officer perceptions and procedures for handling youth-related incidents. Informal instruction, particularly mentorship and experience on the job, although not considered as training from an official perspective was deemed legitimate and valuable by both supervisory and line officers. According to the majority of respondents, there is a lack of emphasis at the academy on instruction specific to the handling of incidents involving youth. As a result, supervisory and line officers generally evaluated their formal training to be inadequate, with several officers articulating their operational needs were not met particularly in the areas of interviewing and the identification and negotiation of the “social aspects” associated with youth crime. Data were collected from interviews with 67 Canadian police officers who received training from 1 of the 2 training facilities: Justice Institute of British Columbia and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Depot. References
Main Term(s): Canada; Foreign police training
Index Term(s): Police recruit training; Police training evaluation; Police training innovations; Police training programs; Police training/performance comparison; Training needs assessment
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