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Wednesday, May 13 • 2:05pm - 2:35pm
Disrupting Police Training

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Disrupting police training:

Policing is a paramilitary culture that has traditionally relied on lecture heavy curriculum to train new police officers. In 2016, the JIBC Police Academy implemented a new curriculum model to train all new municipal police recruits in BC. This new model disrupts traditional training norms by introducing frequent simulations followed by reflective practice, goal setting, peer feedback, integration of junior and senior recruit training, near-peer leadership development, and longitudinal support from policing mentors. Transformative learning theory is central to this new training model.

Early in police training, the scenario training for junior and senior recruits is integrated: the senior recruits run scenarios for the junior recruits while the junior recruits participate in senior scenarios as actors, filmers, and observers. The senior recruit scenarios are sequenced so that the coincide with topics that are relevant to the next week’s topic for the junior recruits, providing a first exposure to certain types of calls. Using recruits as actors provides an opportunity to experience a variety of different communication strategies and to build empathy for the people they encounter on a day to day basis. Selecting senior recruits to run the junior scenarios and provide feedback to the junior recruits builds leadership and enhances senior recruit knowledge.

The feedback cycle following scenario training is designed around transformative learning theory and incorporates opportunities for guided reflection, goal setting, reviewing video and re-assessing self-conceptions, and receiving feedback from an assigned policing mentor. This process disrupted the traditional approach to police training scenarios by incorporating self-assessment, video feedback, and longitudinal mentorship.

This 30 minute presentation will outline the structure of the new curriculum and how it supports deep learning, as well as describe the feedback-cycle process and how it creates opportunities for transformative learning to occur. The session will be of interest to a wide audience as the approach can be applied across a variety of disciplines and is not specific to police training.


Wednesday May 13, 2020 2:05pm - 2:35pm
Ballroom 2
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