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The Police Internship Experience
A discussion on police internship programs and the experience they offer prospective police officers.
# 152672 | 2,159 words | 12 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 14, 2013 in Education (Higher) , Criminology (General)

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The paper discusses how internships provide a student with an opportunity to try out the job of his choice, and can be a stepping-stone to the dream career. The paper looks at how internship programs have been successfully tried out in various states and departments and specifically looks at the Vacaville Police Department's model program. The paper describes the experiences of interns and concludes by emphasizing the importance of internship in providing practical training and first hand experience.

The Principles behind Internship
A Model Program
Experiences of Interns

From the Paper:

"Police departments and universities are both tradition-bound institutions and there ought to be a way to create a balance between the institutions for entry level qualifications of policing. The normal route is to be enlisted in the police and then attend a police training academy with a range of topics, and the universities provide the associate degree, a two year program that offer academic courses that relate to basic law enforcement certification in the curricula. Students who complete criminal justice programs and certification are thus qualified for employment. (Buerger, 2004)
"Though the college-educated person is successful in police work, criminal justice curricula is mostly about criminal justice theory and lack the experiential learning that would be useful for police work. Thus while on one hand the demand for 'better-educated police officers' as a vehicle for change is noted, today the police training curricula and social science-based criminal justice programs do not prepare the student for the technology-based crime or with financial crime and these skills can be got with a direct work experience in the force. That means the student is employed in some capacity by the department. (Buerger, 2004)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Buerger, Michael. (2004) "Educating and Training the Future Police Officer." FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, vol. 73, no. 1, pp: 26-28.
  • Coulton, Gary F; Field, Hubert S. (1995) "Using Assessment Centers in Selecting Entry-Level Police Officers: Extravagance or Justified Expense?.." Public Personnel Management, vol. 24, no. 2, pp: 223-226.
  • Goodman, Debbie J; Grimming, Ron. (2006) "Work in Criminal Justice: An A-Z Guide to Careers in Criminal Justice" Prentice Hall.
  • Harr, J. Scott; Hess, Karen M. (2009) "Careers in Criminal Justice and Related Fields: From Internship to Promotion" Cengage Learning.
  • Hess, Karen M; Orthmann, Christine Hess. (2008) "Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice" Cengage Learning.

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