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Managerial Perspectives on Key Aspects of Training Management in the Turkish National Police

NCJ Number
International Journal of Police Science & Management Volume: 13 Issue: 2 Dated: Summer 2011 Pages: 172-186
Cevdet Zengin; Phil Clements; Mehmet Kul
Date Published
15 pages
This paper examines the varying managerial perspectives regarding management of training programs within the Turkish National Police.
A number of studies have been undertaken into the training structures, processes and practices in the Turkish National Police (TNP) in the last decade. The predominant thrust of this literature is in relation to evaluation of training provision and delivery. The literature represents an increased focus in Turkey on the development and improvement of the training function to deliver a more effective police service through enhanced police performance. These professional and academic studies have provided an opportunity for training portfolio-holders at all levels to identify areas of improvement in police training. This paper builds on a previous literature review that was conducted to examine the in-service training provision and delivery in the TNP. The review revealed seven themes which represented areas for possible improvement: policymaking and planning, employment and deployment, training needs analysis, design, delivery, evaluation, and training audit. A questionnaire was designed, based on the themes, to measure the perspectives of the training portfolio-holders including senior, business and line managers across the training function. The resultant survey data suggest that, in order to make training provision in the TNP more effective, there is a need for a comprehensive revision in a number of areas including policymaking, strategic management of training, tenure and competencies of the training staff, robust curriculum development, outcome-based evaluation and value-added inspection. (Published Abstract)