ERIC Number: EJ1030442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
An Alternative Approach to Preservice Police Training: Combining Training and Education Learning Outcomes
Martin, Richard H.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v38 n11 p995-1007 2014
Many states offer police and corrections officer certification through state approved police basic training, either after hire (in-service) or before hire (preservice). Only large agencies conduct their own basic training academies after being hired. The trend is to save money through preservice training offered by colleges. This especially benefits small communities around the United States. Most of the preservice programs are through community colleges as part of a criminal justice curriculum or as a stand-alone program that allows transfer credit for participating in preservice certification programs. Preservice certification generally is not part of a degree program. Credits may apply toward a degree as elective credits. An alternative approach to preservice police basic training is through a model that combines basic training outcomes with criminal justice course outcomes that share desired learning outcomes and lead to an associate degree (or to a baccalaureate degree). It is the Police Education Delivery System model (PEDS). Research found that 90% of learning outcomes in police basic training curricula are the same as academic criminal justice course learning outcomes (Martin & Gruber, 1994). It makes sense then, to combine the two categories into common learning outcomes through academic course work. The result is a criminal justice job applicant that is well educated and professionally prepared to serve the community. States and communities also save hundreds of thousands of dollars for basic training because students pay for their education and training.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Police Education, Criminal Law, Certification, Outcomes of Education, Laboratory Training, Values Education, Physical Fitness, Professional Identity, Writing Across the Curriculum, Persuasive Discourse, Speech Communication, Public Speaking, Student Evaluation, Remedial Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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