Explored in the qualitative single case study were the perspectives of police officers and trainers on the effectiveness or noneffectiveness of community police training. The methodology utilized in this study was a qualitative single case study. Officers provided perceptions on the applicability of the principles and concepts on which they were trained, and trainers gave insight into principles and concepts they believed were important in the training of recruits. Officers and trainers’ interviews uncovered four major themes: (a) initiating friendly, culturally competent interactions is an effective community police training principle, (b) reasonable transparency is an effective community police training principle, (c) application of community police training increases trust and cooperation, and (d) application of community police training has limited effectiveness. Themes were developed through analysis of interview data through queries, word frequency, and continually reading and reassessing the transcriptions. This study’s results were utilized to draw the conclusion that the police officers believed that it was important to have a knowledge from training of the culture and economics of the community and to actively interact with the community. The analysis of the data also pointed to officers believing that practical training and transparency within the limits of officer safety were effective in community policing. Additionally, most police trainers believed the application of community police training principles increased trust and cooperation when applied. Finally, the idea that the application of community police training has limited effectiveness without positive interaction and feedback from the community was noted.
|Advisor:||Moran, Dr Ramon|
|Commitee:||Ward, Dr Paul, Lindquist, Dr Michael|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|Department:||School of Advanced Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Management, Law enforcement|
|Keywords:||Collective Efficacy, Community Policing|
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