Date of Award

2004

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

College of Education

Abstract

This study explores the relationship between college education and field training performance of police officers in a field training program. The field training files of 90 police officers hired by the Palm Beach Police Department between 1986 and 2001 were examined. Scores were averaged over a 3 day period at the midpoint and conclusion of the program. Although mean scores indicated that persons with four year college degrees scored slightly better than those with high school or two year degrees in four out of five behavioral categories (when controlling for previous police and military experience), statistical significance could not be obtained. Average mean scores for persons with military experience were not significantly better or worse than those persons with no prior police experience.

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