Effects of Law Enforcement Accreditation: Officer Selection, Promotion, and Education

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Overview

For many years, law enforcement administrators, government officials, and researchers have explored the possibility of professionalizing law enforcement agencies and their officers. Some have called for mandatory college education requirements while others have argued for the formation of a national police force. In 1979, police practitioners from various law enforcement executive organizations met to develop a process to professionalize police agencies by instituting standards covering the wide range of police functions. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) was born. This book describes the results of a study that evaluated the impact of CALEA accreditation on specific personnel administration practices in municipal police departments. The author compares accredited and non-accredited departments for personnel practices including procedures for officer selection, promotion, and the integration of formal education requirements.

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Analyzes the impact of specific accreditation standards on the educational requirements for police officers and on personnel practices pertaining to officer selection and the testing techniques for promotion. Describes the formation of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. in 1979 by members of four law enforcement associations as part of a long effort to professionalize the police, and the mechanisms of its accreditation methods. Then uses questionnaires returned from accredited and unaccredited agencies to assess the effect. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275953119
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/1995
  • Pages: 182
  • Lexile: 1330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN A. BAKER is a 22-year law enforcement veteran with experience in all areas of police work and management.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
1 Professionalization of Law Enforcement 1
2 The Logic of Selection, Educational Requirements, and Promotion 21
3 Research Design 65
4 Impact of Accreditation on Personnel 83
5 Conclusions and Implications 123
Appendix A CALEA Standards Referred to in this Study 143
Appendix B Correlation of CALEA Standards Between the Second Edition and the Third Edition 149
References 151
Index 163
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