Police, training, investigation, investigators, detectives, patrol officers


Law | Law Enforcement and Corrections


In this study, a mail survey was conducted of 146 of the largest local, sheriff, and state law enforcement agencies in the United States to assess the extent and type of investigation training they receive, and to identify needs. Twenty-nine agencies (20%) responded regarding extent and training for investigators that provided references for agency training programs. Many agencies reported similar courses, delivery systems, and needs. This indicated similar central investigation tasks across agency types, and suggested standardized training courses and delivery systems would likely fit their training needs. Two promising developments concerning online training were noted.


Original Citation: Kingshott, B. F., Walsh, J. P., & Meesig, R. T. (2015). Are We Training Our Detectives? A Survey of Large Law Enforcement Agencies Regarding Investigation Training and Training Needs. Journal of Applied Security Research, 10(4), 481–509.