Journal Article

Creating the ‘thinking police officer’: Exploring Motivations and Professional Impact of Part-time Higher Education

Matthew Jones

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 10, issue 3, pages 232-240
Published in print September 2016 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online December 2015 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/pav039
Creating the ‘thinking police officer’: Exploring Motivations and Professional Impact of Part-time Higher Education

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This article makes a contribution to contemporary debates of police education and training by reporting the findings of a small-scale qualitative study that examined the impact of part-time higher education on a cohort of police officers in the north of England. Differentiating between police training and higher education study, the article explore the views of officers who have voluntarily completed a social science informed Policing Studies programme in their own time, funded by a unique collaboration between their local constabulary, the Higher Education Funding Council England, and the host university. The article discusses the motivations of officers to engage with such a programme; identifies what officers liked about the programme of study; and explores the perceived impact of the programme on their professional police practice.

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Subjects: Policing ; Criminology ; Forms of Crime

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