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Title: Decentralized In-service Training Within Large Departments
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:48  Issue:7  Dated:(July 1981)  Pages:39-41,73
Author(s): J F Duignan
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the philosophy and nature of a decentralized inservice training program for police officers who work within large departments.
Abstract: Inservice training is necessary to ensure the effectiveness of the police officer and the attainment of departmental goals. An effective inservice training program within a large police department should be organized along the basic dichotomy of decentralized authority with centralized control. Using this approach, the training officers design, implement, and evaluate the program, while actual instruction is decentralized to personnel within the various operational units. Thus, the training program does the traveling while the operational personnel remain at their assigned locations. An analysis of training needs is derived from a number of sources, including personal interviews with those who perform the tasks, observation, examination of department records, questionnaires, and tests. It is important that the department training officer become centrally involved in the needs analysis. Instructors are selected from among personnel at the decentralized units. The instruction phase begins after timely announcement to the rank and file, course development, and selection of field instructors. Evaluation of the program is indispensible and should involve several perspectives. The most important perspective is the evaluation offered by the trainee. Providing a followup training summary to all participants extends the usefulness of a training course.
Index Term(s): Decentralization; Police education; Police in-service training; Police personnel; Professional in-service education
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