Future police?: A longitudinal project on police officers' development of reflective abilities in training and professional life
2014 (English)In: Nordic Police Research Seminar, Växjö 19th – 21st August 2014: 5 th Nordic Police Research Seminar, Seminars and Posters, 2014, 28- p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Swedish police are currently undergoing major changes as a result of increased demand for efficiency and service. A central theme in the current reform debate is the importance of "future police" to hold reflective abilities. In relation to the positive rhetoric surrounding the idea of these abilities there is little knowledge of how this ambition can be realized. The research we propose focuses on this very issue. The project is longitudinal and aims to investigate how police officers' reflexive abilities develop at different stages of socialization in education and occupational practice. Our research questions are 1) how reflective abilities develop in academic training; field training and occupational entry 2) the opportunities for reflection these contexts offer and 3) if and how female and male students' development of reflective abilities differ. The project will build knowledge on how police officers' reflexive abilities change and evolve through different phases of socialization and especially on how the development of reflective abilities can be enhanced in education and occupation. This is an issue which is justified from a scientific perspective as surprisingly little previous research has focused on how reflective practice can be achieved, but it is also a matter of practical relevance in the light of ongoing changes in the police.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. 28- p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-93428OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-93428DiVA: diva2:748768
Nordic Police Research Seminar, Växjö 19th – 21st August 2014.