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Redefining Training

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Arthur D. Wiechmann
Date Published
2 pages
This paper discusses the following topics related to the redefining of training for community policing: preparing for the future, training versus teaching, assimilation techniques, and management responsibility.
In discussing "Preparing for the Future," the paper advises that an officer looking for lesson-plan material will have no problem finding what is needed, given the current abundance of community-policing information. What is often overlooked by agencies is the importance of being able to present the material effectively and plan activities that reinforce the information imparted. Experienced instructors and educators are aware of the differences between conventional teaching styles and adult learning methods. For adult learning, less information is needed and more information assimilation is required. Adult learning, therefore, must be a combination of quality content and effective assimilation processes, such as experimentation, cognitive reflection, and practical application. Learning-by-doing techniques are effective ways of teaching and training adults. This is why on-the-job training is so effective. Instructors must blend course content with work-related activity. They should include some type of active involvement every 20 minutes; involve all five senses in learning; include purposeful activity in the learning process; and use a combination of verbal, visual, and hands-on activity. Finally, management must promote an environment that ensures employees have the proper mindset for effective learning. This is done through encouragement and the cultivation of a positive self-image.