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“We do employ some morons”: police trainers' opinions on recruitment procedures.

Sweeting, F. and Cole, T., 2023. “We do employ some morons”: police trainers' opinions on recruitment procedures. Policing, 46 (3), 461-476.

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DOI: 10.1108/PIJPSM-10-2022-0131


Purpose – Police training is in a period of transition, requiring new recruits to already have, or work towards, a policing degree. However, recruitment procedures have not significantly changed in the past few decades. With psychometric testing commonplace in North America and Australasia to help ensure the right recruits are selected, this research seeks to understand if police trainers feel there is scope for a similar process in the United Kingdom (UK). Design/methodology/approach – Twenty-five police training staff across four different police forces took part in a total of six focus groups to discuss views on this and other areas of recruitment. Findings – Results indicated that police trainers are concerned about the quality and aptitude of recruits. Support was given for the introduction of formal psychometric testing to prevent unsuitable candidates from successfully joining and/or to give trainers better insight into the personalities of their students. Originality/value – There was general concern from female trainers that the police environment new recruits entered still bore elements of covert sexism. Trainers’ views on reforms to police recruitment, the implications of this and areas for future study are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Police; Police recruitment; Police sexual misconduct; Psychometric testing
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:38654
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:07 Jun 2023 08:53
Last Modified:24 May 2024 09:44


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