ERIC Number: ED118852
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Police Educational Characteristics and Curricula.
Hoover, Larry T.
A consensus exists regarding the need to improve law enforcement and to upgrade the quality of police officers through the imposition of higher educational standards. Three rationales for educational upgrading include: (1) to improve effectiveness in performing crime control functions through better motivation and greater ability in applying systems and technology, (2) to improve performance effectiveness of "order maintenance' functions through a balanced use of social counseling and law enforcement techniques, and (3) to insure proper exercise of police discretionary power. Research to assess educational upgrading efforts revealed that (1) police educational levels have risen significantlyduring the last few years, and (2) educational levels of police recruits in a particular agency are a function of the extrinsic rather than intrinsic characteristics of that agency. A curriculum for law enforcement education should be based on a prescriptive/theoretical approach. The appended materials (39 pages) present a model curriculum for the educational preparation of police and criminal justice personnel. It includes: (1) guidelines for 20 recommended professional courses of a criminal justice baccalaureate curriculum with a catalog description, selected reading resources, and course outline for each course; (2) a research questionnaire; (3) relevant contingency tables; and (4) a bibliography. (Author/EC)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Associate Degrees, Bachelors Degrees, College Curriculum, Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development, Educational Background, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Programs, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Law Enforcement, Police, Police Education, Postsecondary Education, Reference Materials, Task Performance
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Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing.