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Title: Police recruit training and 'community engagement' : unintended consequences
Author: Heslop, Richard William
ISNI:       0000 0004 2681 6833
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2009
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Background: This thesis is concerned with a 'radically' new programme to train British police recruits. The Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) was designed to address longstanding concerns around professionalising the police service and changing its culture. To achieve these aims the IPLDP was structured around the concept of 'community engagement'. As such, recruits in some police forces undertake part of their training at local universities. A case study was conducted in one such police force which sends its recruits to a university to complete a Foundation Degree. The aim of this study was to examine the influence of community engagement on the recruits learning and the implications for their identities as police officers. Methodology: The methodological strategy employed in this study comprises qualitative data collection and analysis and is grounded in a philosophical position which is interpretivist. The research design was longitudinal and the empirical data was drawn from multiple interviews with 25 police recruits. The theoretical approach to learning adopted in this study is premised on three key assumptions which are supported by the data. Firstly, that learning is both an individual as well as a social process. Secondly, that learning is also linked to a process of 'becoming'. Finally, that not all learning which takes place is positive. Conclusions: The study finds that the concept of community engagement was being used in an overly simplistic and partly symbolic way. This was coupled with an approach which held the police service to be having problems with communities and which envisaged training as a 'panacea' to solve them. The thesis argues that not only was this approach always unlikely to achieve its intended objectives, but that the training produced 'unintended consequences'. The social theory of Pierre Bourdieu is employed to show how aspects of the university training operated to undermine the development of professional identity and reproduce negative facets of police culture.
Supervisor: Zukas, Miriam ; Armstrong, Paul Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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