Posts Categorised: Learning

Procedural justice training for police recruits: results of a randomized controlled trial

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“Procedural justice training for police officers is designed to improve officers’ interactions with the public. Aside from the fact that it is a given that citizens deserve to be treated in a fair manner by authorities such as the police, it is expected, based on the literature, that if the police act in a procedurally just manner they will be seen as more legitimate and citizens will subsequently be more willing to cooperate or comply with them. The present study was designed to evaluate the impact of a specifically designed procedural justice knowledge and skills-based training program on newly recruited police officers’ attitudes and interactions with the public.”

Source: Antrobus, E., Thompson, I. & Ariel, B. (2018). J Exp Criminol and available available from this link (subscription journal).

Can experience be evidence? Craft knowledge and evidence-based policing

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“This article explores the use of evidence and varieties of knowledge in police decision making. It surveys official government policy, demonstrating that evidence-based policymaking is the dominant policy-making paradigm in the United Kingdom. It discusses the limits to social science knowledge in policymaking. The article explores four ideas associated with the notion of ‘experience’: occupational culture, institutional memory, local knowledge and craft, drawing on data from four UK police forces. We discuss the limits to experiential knowledge and conclude that experience is crucial to evidence-based policing and decision-making because it is the key to weaving the varieties of knowledge together.”

Source: Fleming, J., & Rhodes, R. (2018). Policy & Politics, and available from this link (open access).

Categories: Learning, Police

LEO Near Miss Reporting System


In this podcast, Jim Burch, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the Police Foundation, discusses the LEO Near Miss System.

Source: COPS Office: The Beat podcasts and available from this link (open access).

Future Frontiers Analytical Report: The Future of Work in Australia

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“In a major analytical report for the NSW Department of Education’s “Future Frontiers” series, CWL researchers have examined how new technologies will affect work and skill requirements in Australia over coming decades. Going beyond the headlines of robots stealing jobs, the report argues that we are not destined for an end to work generally. Rather, we will see further significant shifts in how work is done, and how work is distributed, that will favour jobseekers with the ability to do cognitive, creative, and non-routine tasks. Significant policy challenges lie ahead in ensuring that the workers displaced by the decline of older industries are quickly reconnected with newer jobs. This will require an expansion of training and transitional assistance, to prevent such workers from permanently leaving the labour force.”

Source: Healy, J., Nicholson, D., and Gahan, P. (2018). Centre for Workplace Leadership and available from this link (open access).

Better Brainstorming

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“Great innovators have long known that the secret to unlocking a better answer is to ask a better question. Applying that insight to brainstorming exercises can vastly improve the search for new ideas—especially when a team is feeling stuck. Brainstorming for questions, rather than answers, helps you avoid group dynamics that often stifle voices, and it lets you reframe problems in ways that spur breakthrough thinking.”

Source: Gregersen, H. (2018). Harvard Business Review and available from this link (open access with personal registration).

Measuring the impact of knowledge loss: a longitudinal study


“Knowledge loss is perhaps the greatest corporate risk facing organizations today. This paper provides a method to measure the impact of knowledge loss. Managers may use this to assess the significance of the risk and use this as a business case to take action to minimize the impact of knowledge loss.”

Source: Massingham, P. (2018). Journal of Knowledge Management, and available from this link (subscription journal).

Categories: Learning

Enhancing Learning in Emergency Services Organisational Work

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“The paper outlines key themes from the work-related learning literature and introduces a modified experiential learning framework to ground real-world experiences. Interviews were conducted with 18 emergency services practitioners. The findings provide examples of the broad challenges that agencies need to manage to enhance and sustain learning. These include shifting value from action post an event, to reflection, focusing on the bigger picture and allowing enough time to effectively embed new practices after an emergency.”

Source: Owen, C., Brooks, B., Curnin, S., & Bearman, C. (2018).  Australian Journal of Public Administration and available from this link (subscription journal).

Categories: Leadership, Learning, Police

Policing Around the Nation: Education, Philosophy and Practice


“One-third of police chiefs and sheriffs have a graduate degree, and one-third of sworn officers have a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to a new study from Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Public Policy and the Police Foundation.” The  study examined the role of higher education in policing and surveyed 958 law enforcement agencies from every state in the USA.

Source: Gardiner, C. (2017). Center for Public Policy and available from this link (open access).


Categories: Leadership, Learning, Police

From research outcome to agency change: mapping a learning trajectory of opportunities and challenges

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“To create the best conditions for organisational learning a literature review of learning lessons in emergency management was conducted. Practitioners were also interviewed to understand the contexts and challenges faced in implementing research insights and in facilitating change. This paper presents two studies that examine aspects of organisational learning. In the first study, the challenges to learning from action and experience and from reflection and planning are examined. In the second study, the systems for learning used in emergency services organisations are considered and a preliminary theory of research utilisation maturity is proposed. The initiatives reported help to maximise the value of research and supports innovation through utilisation.”

Source: Owen, C., Krusel, N., Bearman, C., and Brooks, B. (2017) Australian Journal of Emergency Management and available from this link (open access).