Learning Objectives

As a result of reading this chapter, you will be able to:

1. Explain the kinds of topics that are taught in the recruit academy and overall methods for preparing recruits for a career in policing

2. Describe the ideal traits typically sought among people who are hired into policing

3. Explain what is meant by a police working personality, including how it is developed and how it operates

4. Describe the several basic tasks and distinctive styles of patrol

5. Identify potential stressors and perils in policing

6. Discuss the nature of the police traffic function

7. Define police discretion, how and why it is allowed to function, and some of its advantages and disadvantages

8. Explain the current era of policing, the community era, and the prevailing philosophy and strategies of community policing and problem solving

9. Review the qualities, myths, and methods that involve investigative personnel