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Video Tape Training - A Study of the Application of Video Tape Training Methods in Law Enforcement Agencies of Riverside, Imperial and San Bernardino Counties (CA)

NCJ Number
P L Mullendore
Date Published
158 pages
The implementation of the Multiphase Electronic Training program and the Expanded Multiphase Electronic Training program for inservice training to members of law enforcement agencies within Imperial, Riverside, and San Bernardino, Calif., counties is described.
Areas of undersirability which had been identified before the introduction of videotape training included the lack of constant availability of qualified instructors with expertise in all disciplines within the criminal justice system, the lack of a repository of quality training materials, and the lack of a system whereby existing graphic training materials could be updated and prevented from further deterioration. The introduction of the videotape system helped to solve these problems. Cost savings over the traditional live instructor approach were $7,989.54, or 75 percent. An examination of felony complaint filing statistics shows that the specific need to reduce felony complaint denials by the District Attorney's office seems to have been achieved. The system also opened up channels of communication among related law enforcement agencies such as Mental Health, Disaster and Communication, and the District Attorney. The data and results of the descriptive study tend to support the theory that all police agencies will be affected by the better, overall quality of training. With considerable planning and coordination, complete training packages could be produced so that the program would not merely fulfill an immediate training need, but would be capable of generating impressive quality productions in the field of industrial television. Two tables of felony arrest complaint statistics, a comprehensive bibiography of 69 citations, and six appendixes are included.