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NCJ Number: 83371 Find in a Library
Title: Training Firstline Police Supervisors - A New Approach
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:51  Issue:6  Dated:(June 1982)  Pages:10-15
Author(s): J B Molden
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes a course developed by the Police Training Institute of the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign for training firstline police supervisors which emphasizes roleplaying and other practical exercises rather than lecture techniques.
Abstract: The 2-week course focuses on basic supervisory skills; course units cover such subjects as authority and control, decisionmaking, morale and discipline, principles of communication, work assignment, handling complaints, and evaluation. Four faculty members conduct the course using a team approach. Instruction in each subject area is followed by practical exercises in which students roleplay a scenario illustrating the basic concepts involved. This performance-oriented instruction requires reduced class sizes, more time, and a much higher ratio of staff to students. Traditional written tests are minimized, while evaluation of observable behavior through roleplaying, simulation, and case study is increased. A case study exercise is used throughout the course. A text presenting a general, traditional approach to supervision is also used. The 111 students who have been trained in 5 classes have come from various police ranks, and most have had some education beyond high school. However, many of the students believed that their superior officers would be unwilling to consider new management approaches. These perceptions may change as more trained supervisors move to higher management positions. Compared to the traditional lecture method, the course has produced a radical improvement in student response and learning.
Index Term(s): Police education; Role playing; Supervisory training
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