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Police Education in the USA


Cordner, G, Police Education in the USA, Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 14, (2) pp. 300 - 311. ISSN 1752-4520 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/police/pay064


Higher education for police has a 100-year history in the USA. Initially, it incorporated both ‘education’ and much of what is now considered ‘training’, out of necessity because police occupational training had yet to be widely implemented. Since the 1960s, though, separate police training institutions and systems have been established throughout the country. In conjunction with this bifurcation of education and training, the dominant higher education model for police became ‘criminal justice’. Over the last 40 years, criminal justice has become a very popular field of study in American colleges and universities, curricula have broadened to include a wide variety of crime and justice topics, and faculty academic credentials have risen to meet and exceed higher education standards. In the process, however, policing has become a smaller and smaller part of the criminal justice educational enterprise. Today, what passes for police education in the USA has very little police in it.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:police, policing, training, education, history, USA
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Police administration, procedures and practice
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law enforcement
UTAS Author:Cordner, G (Dr Gary Cordner)
ID Code:147519
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-11-05
Last Modified:2021-12-21

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