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Mentor was the name of the man charged with providing wisdom, advice, and guidance to Odysseus’s son in the ancient Greek epic The Odyssey. Today, mentoring is a process whereby one person (the mentor) shares experiences, wisdom, and advice with another (the protégé, sometimes termed a mentee ) to assist and facilitate the protégé’s development in specific roles. Certainly mentoring is essential for fostering understanding of community policing and problem solving, and three key assumptions are critical to the success of any mentoring effort. First, the process of mentoring is different in design, scope, and application from training. Second, a mentor must have an unwavering desire to impart information to help other people. Third, the protégé is a willing partner actively seeks to learn in ...

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