Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

Sociology

Date of Award

12-2005

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Leslie A. McCallister

Committee Members

Jay Franklin, Martha Copp

Abstract

A Citizen's Police Academy allows citizens to attend the police academy to learn more about police departments and police work. While increasing in popularity, very little research has focused on participant impact. This study examines the impact of the Johnson City CPA on participants' attitudes and beliefs about police work. Surveys were analyzed to discover differences in age, education levels, gender and prior interest in police work concerning satisfaction, importance of training, and behavior change. Older respondents reported the most benefit from participation, while younger respondents were more likely to change their behaviors. Those with mid level educations gained the most insight from the program. Females responded more positively about the academy than did males. Prior interest in police work had no significant impact on participants' opinions. While exploratory in nature, this study lays the groundwork for further examination of the impact of CPAs on participants' attitudes and behaviors.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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