Police Training and Evaluation

Police training is a process by which teachers communicate to police personnel job-related knowledge and skills and assist them in mastery of the material. Training occurs at recruit, field, and in-service levels. Sworn police personnel, nonsworn personnel, or police psychologists, who have special knowledge of police behavior, present the training topics. Psychological knowledge, in part from experimental, social, heath, clinical, industrial-organizational, educational, and sport psychology, has informed police recruits and incumbent officers in three general topical areas of training: wellness, information and skills, and supervision and management. Training sometimes crosses over all three areas. Police trainers make informed decisions about the effectiveness of training when they evaluate police performance and training curricula. Psychological knowledge has provided trainers an understanding of the conceptual grounding and application ...

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