Pre-join training for police officers? the impact of Police, Law and Community (PLC) on recruits

Avery, Gillian Susan (2012) Pre-join training for police officers? the impact of Police, Law and Community (PLC) on recruits. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    In 2010 the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) indicated that police services in England and Wales (E&W) would experience a 20% cut in funding during the following five years. Budget deficits and the re-emergence of ‘value for money’ (VFM) have ensured that interest in the development of alternative police training models, previously somewhat localised, has been nationally elevated to centre stage.
    This study used a grounded approach to explore the perceptions and experiences of stakeholders who have been involved during the development and implementation of the Police, Law and Community (PLC) pre-join recruit training model. Though the adoption of this model pre-dates the most recent cuts in funding, given the current difficult financial circumstances faced by all Home Office (HO) forces it is timely to consider the impact of such arrangements.
    Critical examination of existing literature identifies a gap in research that focuses on pre-join recruit training delivered outside the higher education (HE) environment. This study concludes that current popular discourses overplay links between pre-join training and the enhanced ‘professional status’ of policing. Furthermore, and notwithstanding some evidence that suggests the PLC could impact favourably on the diversity of police officer recruits, the study concludes that further research is necessary to ensure that the impact of this pre-join training model is evaluated within the context of wider organisational reforms.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2013 08:58
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:13

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