Residential police education and its implications for curriculum design

  • Brian Couper

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis


    This study deals with this phenomenon and the concept of discretion, which allows police to take action according to the dictates of a given situation rather than always act within the strict letter of the law. While the power of discretion should be used lawfully and ethically, political, legal and social acceptance of such an approach allows a more flexible strategy for coping with issues associated with deviant behaviour and social injustice. Therefore, the study present a holistic approach to a curriculum for police recruits. It deals with the linking of “reactive” and “proactive” policing strategies by means of discretion and in so doing enhances the police officer’s ability to make a reasoned judgment in choosing between a number of alternatives according to the dictates of the situation. The proposed curriculum takes account of new policing strategies, students’ needs and career aspirations, m:xlern technology, effective teaching methods and the need for recruit training to be attuned to dynamic changes in social needs and demands. The study also emphasises the need for further research into the role of field training officers and the integration of field training with academy education as a vital component in the preparation of a police officer for the complex role ahead.
    Date of Award1987
    Original languageEnglish

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