ERIC Number: ED338888
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Statewide Needs Assessment Survey of the Continuing Education Needs of Minnesota Peace Officers: Phase One.
A statewide needs assessment project was designed to identify the continuing education needs of Minnesota peace officers. Phase one measured perceptions of law enforcement administrators or training officers. The needs assessment committee conducted a literature review to identify items for the survey instrument and weighting formulas. A survey identified 65 training tasks that were highly representative of the most often cited training needs of peace officers. It was distributed to 97 percent of Minnesota's law enforcement agencies (n=525); 307 were returned. Data analysis resulted in a prioritization of training needs based on three criteria (time spent performing the task, harm resulting from inadequate performance, and need for additional training) and organized by demographic considerations. The amount of time and amount of harm did not appear to change the rank ordering significantly. Of the top 10 items, 2 were from the law-related group, 2 from the human behavior/communication category, and 7 from patrol procedure/investigation categories. Recommendations were made suggesting action strategies for the further evaluation of continuing education needs and future delivery of training courses. (Appendixes, amounting to two-thirds of the report, include the instrument, rank order tables, and additional needs identified by respondents.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Continuing Education, Criminal Law, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Law Related Education, Needs Assessment, Police, Police Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, State Surveys, Statewide Planning
Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training, 1600 University Avenue, Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55104-3825.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training, St. Paul.