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Training for success: an analysis of the Irish Garda Siochana trainee programmes from 1922 to present day

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

The findings of a longitudinal, qualitative investigation of educating and training Irish trainees in a competency development framework and the meanings of training, and education and integration of both are explored. Themes’ emerging from the analysis of in-depth interviews and surveys with police trainees, police and civilian teacher/trainers, police administrative and operational members suggests the induction programme for new entrants to the Irish police is not achieving its intended development for trainees. Police trainees,police personnel and police and civilian teacher/trainers have their own views on the quality of the induction programme which do not always match that of the police organisations leadership policies, directives or mission statement. The findings inform on ways in which the accelerated recruitment campaign between 2004 and 2008 impacts on the quality of the education and training programme, initiatives and have implications for a wide range of policing services.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Phil Clements (Supervisor)
  • Les Johnston (External person) (Supervisor)
  • John Charles Jones (Supervisor)
Award dateFeb 2014


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