Solution-Oriented Policing: New Tactics for Training

R.L. Garner, Sam Houston State University

In an attempt to realize the potential benefits of Solution-Oriented Policing, a comprehensive training program was identified that captured important concepts from many diverse areas. Elements from several different programs were used to create a 24-hour in-service training curriculum that included topics such as critical thinking, considering alternative actions, curses of groupthink, communication, criticism management, and the social psychology of policing. An advisory panel of area and content experts refined the curriculum that was then introduced into several area police agencies. Those experiencing the training reported a strong likelihood of utilizing the principles offered. Longitudinal and archival data will be assessed to determine if a more departmentally systemic effect can be appreciated.

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Updated 05/20/2006