Police Training in the New Millennium: A Comparative Study of Training Delivery Methods

Gary A. Rabe, Minot State University
Jeff Burngarner, Minot State University
Harry Hoffman, Minot State University

A variety of training methods are currently being used by law enforcement training agencies/academies. This research, funded by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), was designed to evaluate three types of training delivery methods. On-site, train the trainer, and distance delivery training were evaluated to determine their effectiveness. Training using each delivery method was delivered to law enforcement officers in the Northern Plains States (North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming). Pre- and post-training was conducted to measure officer expectations of, reactions to, and value perceptions of the training and the method of training delivery. Follow-up interviews, surveys, and observations were conducted after training to determine whether there was any differences in how or when officers began to practically apply the material presented during training.

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Updated 05/20/2006