Journal Article

Ten Ways to Blend Academic Learning within Professional Police Training

Harry Peeters

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 4, issue 1, pages 47-55
Published in print January 2010 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online July 2009 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI:
Ten Ways to Blend Academic Learning within Professional Police Training

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How can we prevent academic understandings of policing from being at variance with the needs of the police profession? This article suggests a number of possible answers that have been implemented and reflected upon at the Police Academy of the Netherlands since 2002. A prominent feature of the Academy's approach is a systematic elaboration of a competency-oriented police training that not only affects the underpinning of occupational profiles, curricula and learning assignments with academic insights, but also connects the policing and research world by the way learning and police performance is organized, assessed and supported by the installation of thematic chairs. The link with societal developments or requirements is secured by the realization of diploma equivalence between police and non-police education and by the validation of bachelor and master programmes for the police by an agency that comes under the Ministry of Education.

Journal Article.  4458 words. 

Subjects: Policing

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