An exploration of the role of higher education in developing professionalism of the police recruit in England and Wales

Uduwerage-Perera, Ruwan J. (2010) An exploration of the role of higher education in developing professionalism of the police recruit in England and Wales. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation explored the attitudes to the introduction of vocational training into the recruitment of sworn officers into the police forces of England and Wales. It was set against a background of international research which demonstrated that vocationally qualified recruits, i.e. officers who hold associated or higher degrees are more likely to progress from the recruitment stage through to higher ranks; receive fewer complaints from the public; are less likely to be subject of internal misconduct investigation; reduced sickness levels and that there is an increase in the interest and recruitment of minority ethnic community members. Primary research was conducted through the use of questionnaires, interviews, online discussions via websites. The quantifiable data has been subject to rigorous statistical analysis and identified as being statistically significant. It looked at a number of different models that have been introduced in UK Higher Educational establishments. Some of these approaches have been developed cooperatively between a specific Police Force and University, whilst others have been developed independently by the educational establishments albeit guided by market knowledge. The research made recommendations to be addressed to UK Governmental policy makers who are currently (September 2010) about to undertake a fundamental review of the current approach to police leadership and training.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/915

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