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Police Recruit Training Programmes: A Systematic Map of Research Literature

McGinley, B; Agnew-Pauley, W; Tompson, L; Belur, J; (2020) Police Recruit Training Programmes: A Systematic Map of Research Literature. Policing , 14 (1) pp. 52-75. 10.1093/police/paz019. Green open access

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Abstract

This article presents a map and summary of the landscape of a systematic search of the police recruit training literature. Following the process of searching, screening, and coding both published and grey literature, a total of 109 studies met our inclusion criteria. Thematic analysis of the 109 studies led to the emergence of six broad themes and associated subthemes. The two most prevalent themes focused on ‘examining academic and/or field training’ and ‘examining a specific aspect of the training programme’, each containing 36 studies. Most of the studies were based in the USA, (n = 67). Grey literature such as dissertations, theses, and reports made up nearly half of all included studies (n = 51) and published journal articles made up the bulk of the remaining studies (n = 50). Furthermore, 56 studies (50%) used a quantitative design, 36 studies (33%) adopted mixed methods, and 19 studies (17%) employed a qualitative approach. The 109 studies were double-blind quality appraised using recognized quality appraisal tools and revealed a wide variation in the nature and quality of studies. Overall, the strength of the evidence was fragile; only 13 studies (12%) were of a ‘strong’ quality, 55 studies (50%) were ‘weak’, and the rest (41, i.e. 38%) were of ‘moderate’ quality. The article concludes with recommendations for guiding future research in police recruit training.

Type: Article
Title: Police Recruit Training Programmes: A Systematic Map of Research Literature
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/police/paz019
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paz019
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10073750
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