ERIC Number: ED304178
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jul-25
Confidential Training Needs Assessment Report.
Williams, Jean; Ingram, Cynthia
In 1988, Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC), in cooperation with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, conducted a confidential survey of members of the Henry County Sheriff's Department and the Martinsville Police Department to determine training needs. Groups of between 1 and 15 employees from all shifts and departments were surveyed to identify the courses and programs they would actually take for additional training. Study findings, based on responses from 114 employees, included the following: (1) 58% of the respondents were between 31 and 50 years old; (2) 73% had been on the job more than 5 years; (3) 42.1% of the respondents were deputies, 17.5% were correctional officers, 10.5% were responsible for data processing or bookkeeping, and 9.6% were dispatchers; (4) 70% rated the orientation programs of their departments as either excellent or good, while 80% gave the technical training provided by the departments equally high ratings; (5) 74% stated that they needed more training to qualify for higher level jobs; (6) 102 employees indicated that they needed a course in stress management, and 104 indicated that they would be interested in a course in criminal law; and (7) supervisors were less likely to see themselves as unfair than the people they supervised. Based on study findings, recommendations for expanding PHCC's services to the police and sherrif's departments were developed. (AAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Patrick Henry Community Coll., Martinsville, VA.