Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Charles C. Warfield

Second Advisor

Dr. Richard E. Munsterman

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The modern police or law enforcement agency in America has evolved into a highly sophisticated organization in terms of technology > quality of personnel, organizational and managerial methods, procedures, and tasks performed. It is recognized that in order to adequately perform its public mission, law enforcement agencies must be politically sensitive, and publicly responsive, be able to manage its resources to a high degree of cost effectiveness, and select, train, and retain police officers who are professionally competent. Police administrators and supervisors are continually confronted with the problem of how to best develop a quality police officer in a short period of time who will perform in an efficient manner to the levels of proficiency in all areas of police work, as established by the individual department. This paper describes a training program, developed as part of the internship experience, for new police officers. It is essentially a period of instruction which will define and describe the Kalamazoo Police Department standards of performance based on explicit criteria, the expectation that the department holds for the new officer, and the levels of performance in critical areas in which an officer must excel in order to be considered "acceptable."

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