The paper "The Abu Dhabi Police " is an outstanding example of a management literature review. The Abu Dhabi Police has a primary responsibility of maintaining law and order, keeping the peace, enforcing criminal law, and upholding and enhancing safety in the Abu Dhabi Emirate. To effectively handle the entire mandate, the members of the Abu Dhabi Police undergo training which is primarily offered in the Police College. Absal (2007) indicates that the Abu Dhabi Police was established in 1957. In its 57 years of existence, the police force prides itself as an established and reliable force that recruits, trains, and releases qualified police officers into the civil service.
Yet, Bumbak (2011) indicates that the work of the police throughout the world is dynamic. As such, training needs to be dynamic as well in order to meet the evolving needs presented in the society, and which pose alternating challenges to law enforcement officers. The importance of training is underscored by Howard (2008, p. 9), who indicates that “ training enables law enforcement personnel to perform duties required for effective response” .
Notably, coming up with an effective training program for police officers is not an easy undertaking. Howard (2008) for example notes that developing such a program requires commitment, patience, and cooperation between different stakeholders, who include the police department, the political and governing class, and other different sectors of the society. Some of the major challenges of training police officers as identified by Bumbak (2011) include the fact that while trainers are passionate and dedicated, they often lack the training and the tools necessary for them to become effective trainers. In other words, if the trainer is not qualified as a trainer, the results of his work can only be half-baked.
On the other hand, if the trainer is fully qualified and lacks the basic training tools, his efforts and skills will not have the expected results on his or her trainees. The foregoing therefore means that police colleges in Abu Dhabi and in other parts of the world need to ensure that their police trainers are fully qualified and that they have the necessary training tools and support systems. Ordinarily, a police officer has multiple duties which range from being the role model, urban soldier, social worker, and therapist and even in some cases, a surrogate parent (Bumbak 2011; Cordner, Das & Cordner 2009; Eterno & Das 2010).
As professionals, police officers are expected to carry out criminal investigations, command authority, interact well with the public, maintain law and order and handle guns and ammunition effectively. During training, they are taught about the police profession, the pitfalls therein, and how to interact with the public in a manner that commands respect (Bumbak 2011; Marenin & Das 2000).
Police training colleges have however been faulted for not investing enough in trainers. According to Bumbak (2011) for example, there is a misconception that a skilled and experienced police officer is fit to become a police educator for new recruits. “ The mechanics of the training process” are often disconnected from the reality of law enforcement in the society as Bumbak (2011, p. 2) argues, and many police trainers are not qualified educators. In other words, police colleges do not invest enough in educating their trainers on matters related to effective adult learning.
The foregoing indicates a departure from behaviorist theories that did not pay enough attention to equipping police officers with leadership, judgment, and problem-solving competencies during training.
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