ERIC Number: ED243557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Police Science Program Survey: Research Note.
Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver. National Origin Desegregation Project (LAU).
A study, involving two independent surveys and a transcript analysis, was conducted to determine the background characteristics, attitudes, and needs of students enrolled in police science programs at Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC). The first survey, which focused on personal characteristics and course enrollment data, was distributed in all police science courses in the early part of the spring 1983 term. Surveys were completed by 76% of the criminal justice (CRJ) students (N=200); 72% of the security and loss prevention (SLP) students (N=18); and at least 44% of the other police science students (N=177). The second survey was conducted in the middle of the term, focusing on employment history and needs, attitudes towards courses, and student characterizations of the program. Response rates were 54% for the CRJ students, 44% for the SLP students, and 15% for the other police science students. Study findings, based on the two surveys and an analysis of the transcripts of the first group of survey respondents, included the following: (1) 94% of the respondents were caucasian and 71% were male; (2) 77% did not have anyone in their immediate family employed in a police science related job, and the same percentage had themselves never held such a position; (3) 53% of the female respondents and 28% of the male respondents indicated that their career objectives had changed as a result of taking the police science courses. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver. National Origin Desegregation Project (LAU).