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Assessment of Police Entry-Level Training in the United States: Conformity or Conflict with the Police Role? (From Police and Law Enforcement, P 145-157, 1987, Daniel B Kennedy and Robert J Homant, eds. -- See NCJ-112250)

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R J Meadows
Date Published
A survey of all 50 States' police training curricula found that entry-level police training has a crime-control, legal, and technical orientation rather than an emphasis on service and order maintenance.
Forty-six State training directors supplied complete copies of their States' entry-level police training curriculum. Information was incomplete for the other four States. Training hours were categorized according to the following seven competency areas listed by the 1973 National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals: human relations, force and weaponry, communications, legal, patrol and criminal investigation, criminal justice system knowledge, and administration. Most required training time was in the area of patrol and crime investigation competencies. Other high priorities were in force, weaponry, and law. States required from 120 to 954 hours of training. Police training curricula also varied in their organization. Research recommendations, data tables, notes, and 27 references.