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ERIC Number: ED554841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 203
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3032-1846-0
Training Post-9/11 Police Officers with a Counter-Terrorism Reality-Based Training Model: A Case Study
Biddle, Christopher J.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northcentral University
The purpose of this qualitative holistic multiple-case study was to identify the optimal theoretical approach for a Counter-Terrorism Reality-Based Training (CTRBT) model to train post-9/11 police officers to perform effectively in their counter-terrorism assignments. Post-9/11 police officers assigned to counter-terrorism duties are not trained to a high-degree of specialization that is needed to operate during potentially hostile terrorist encounters. Counter-terrorism assignments require a higher level, quality, and specifically focused reality-based training, which is neither readily available nor standardized. Furthermore, traditional police training has not provided the needed skill-sets necessary to increase performance and proficiency for operational success and, ultimately, survival. This study explored the performance perspectives of police officers from the New York City Police Department after attending a three-day Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device Security Checkpoint Operations (VBIED/SCO) course using the CTRBT model. Based upon officer perspectives, this study examined the effectiveness of the CTRBT model in improving officer proficiency and performance when assigned to counter-terrorism tasks and responsibilities, particularly in hostile environments. The study consisted of four cases and used two data collection methods. First, data were collected from 30 police officers using an adapted online post-course survey. Second, in-depth interviews were conducted with 10 additional officers and 3 CTRBT instructors, which allowed for thick description of the officer's perspectives and experiences related to the CTRBT model to emerge. Results of the study revealed police officers prior training did not prepare them to conduct specialized counter-terrorism assignments in which they have been tasked. As a result, the officers described their performance and proficiency as inadequate to operate proficiently in the post-9/11 environment. However, after receiving training using the CTRBT model, the officers significantly expressed their desire to participate in CTRBT versus the traditional classroom environment. The officers described that the CTRBT model significantly improved their performance and proficiency in counterterrorism tasks, which included the incorporation of the eight fundamental learning components (FLCs), high level of instructor quality, and the sophisticated realism embedded throughout the training environment. The study findings are used to develop and implement a CTRBT model that can be applied to additional counterterrorism related training courses. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York