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National Survey of Field Training Programs for Police Officers, 1985-1986 (ICPSR 9350)

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This national survey of field training programs for police officers contains data gathered from state and local criminal justice agencies regarding the format of their programs, costs of programs, impact on civil liability suits, and other complaints. Topics covered include length of time since the implementation of the program, reasons for initiating the program, objectives of the program, evaluation criteria and characteristics of the program, and number of dismissals based on performance in field training programs. Other topics deal with hours of classroom training, characteristics of field service training officers, and incentives for pursuing this position. Topics pertaining to agency evaluation include impact of program on the number of civil liability complaints, number of successful equal employment opportunity complaints, presence of alternative training such as with a senior officer, and additional classroom training during probation when there is no field training program.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Field Training Program Data - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
DS2:  No Field Training Program Data - Download All Files (0.1 MB)

Study Description


McCampbell, Michael S. NATIONAL SURVEY OF FIELD TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR POLICE OFFICERS, 1985-1986. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Justice, National Institute of Justice [producer], 1986. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (85-IJ-CX-0039)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   evaluation, law enforcement agencies, police officers, police training, programs

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1985-09--1986-08

Date of Collection:  

  • 1985-09--1986-08

Universe:   Law enforcement agencies in the United States.

Data Types:   survey data


Sample:   A stratified random sample was selected from a list of 588 state and local law enforcement agencies provided by the National Criminal Justice Reference Service.

Data Source:

questionnaires returned by state and local criminal justice agencies


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 3 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 3 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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