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From the Academy to Retirement: A Journey Through the Policing Lifecycle - NIJ Research for the Real World Seminar

NCJ Number
Dennis Rosenbaum; Gary Cordner; Lorie Fridell; Steve Mastrofski; Jack McDevitt; Amie Schuck
Date Published
December 2009
13 pages
This video and its transcript cover panel presentations at the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ's) Research for the Real World Seminar on a research program that is examining the features of the "policing lifecycle," from the academy to retirement.
Dennis Rosenbaum - Director of the Center for Research in Law and Practice at the University of Illinois at Chicago - discusses the design of the research project, which is focusing on the policing lifecycle at 25 sites that encompass large, small, and medium-sized agencies as well as tribal agencies throughout the Nation. The project intends to foster researcher-practitioner cooperation in sharing information and data on the training, practices, and organizational structure of police agencies. Gary Cordner - professor of criminal justice at the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania - describes the start of data collection efforts that began with the experiences of police officers when they first join an agency and enter the police academy. Lorie Fridell - associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida - and Steve Mastrofsky - professor and former Chair of the Department of Administration of Justice at George Mason University - address the project's focus on the transition from patrol officer into supervisor. Jack McDevitt - associate dean of the College of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University - discusses the project's focus on the features of police organizations and how officers view their interaction with agency structures for performing their work. Amie Schuck - associate director of research at the university of Illinois - addresses recruit training and the importance of preparing officers to use their discretion wisely, taking into account the circumstances and priorities of each law enforcement encounter.