Policing: An International Journal: Volume 44 Issue 3


Table of contents - Special Issue: Police Training

Guest Editors: Stephen James

Comparing the effects of academy training models on recruit competence: does curriculum instruction type matter?

Richard H. Donohue, Nathan E. Kruis

The purpose of this paper is to determine if a police academy using adult learning techniques instills higher levels of perceived competence in recruits than an academy using…

Promising practices for de-escalation and use-of-force training in the police setting: a narrative review

Craig Bennell, Brittany Blaskovits, Bryce Jenkins, Tori Semple, Ariane-Jade Khanizadeh, Andrew Steven Brown, Natalie Jennifer Jones

A narrative review of existing research literature was conducted to identify practices that are likely to improve the quality of de-escalation and use-of-force training for police…


Testing the impact of physiological stress response on police performance during critical job tasks

Lois James, Michael S. Goldstein, Peter Lecy, Stephen Mase

To add to the existing body of knowledge on the relationship between stress and job performance in policing, we monitored police officers' physiology using Hexoskin shirts while…

Moving the needle: can training alter officer perceptions and use of de-escalation?

Michael D. White, Victor J. Mora, Carlena Orosco, E. C. Hedberg

De-escalation training for police has received widespread attention as a method for reducing unnecessary and excessive use of force. There is virtually no research on…

An evidence-based approach to critical incident scenario development

Bryce Jenkins, Tori Semple, Craig Bennell

There has been an increasing emphasis on developing officers who can effectively make decisions in dynamic and stressful environments to manage volatile situations. The aim of…

The effects of simulator training on the development of creative thinking in law enforcement officers

Joy VerPlanck

The purpose of this exploratory study was to investigate the relationship between simulation training and police officers' ability to think creatively in crises.

Do policy and training changes influence patterns of police use of force? An interrupted time-series analysis

Alexis Rain Rockwell, Stephen A. Bishopp, Erin A. Orrick

The current study examines the effect of changing a specific use-of-force policy coupled with de-escalation training implementation on patterns of police use of force.

“There must be an ideal solution…”Assessing training methods of knife defense performance of police recruits

Swen Koerner, Mario S. Staller, André Kecke

The study compares the impact of two different pedagogical approaches in police training by assessing the knife defense performance of German police recruits against different…

“Black, white and gray”–A qualitative study of how Swedish police officers describe occupational knowledge

Michelle Nathalie Eliasson

The purpose of this study is to explore how Swedish police officers describe occupational knowledge. By learning more about how officers describe occupational knowledge, the study…

Investigative interviewing skills in policing: examining the transfer of training into workplace practices

David Mount, Lorraine Mazerolle

Police invest significant time, energy and resources to equip officers with the skills required to conduct effective investigative interviews. However, transferring those skills…

Financial crime investigation: an evaluation of an online training program for police

Jacqueline M. Drew, Emily Moir, Michael Newman

Financial crime continues to represent a crime type that costs billions of dollars per year. It is likely more widespread than any other criminal offence. Despite this, it remains…

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