Evaluating the Academy Training Program (ATP): The Relation Between Participating in ATP and Performance in the Academy
In 2007, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) redesigned their Academy curriculum to fit the needs of the 21st century police officer (Incontro et al., 2008). Part of the redesign is an evaluation of existing programs including the Academy Training Program (ATP). Academy recruits that do not pass the physical fitness requirements of the Academy are placed into a one-month intensive fitness-training program that enhances the recruits' physical performance thereby enabling them to rejoin the six-month Academy program. The physical training assists police officers in mastering skills that not only buffer them against adverse effects of job-related stress and trauma but also reduce worker's compensation due to work related injuries or disability. Due to past legal action with regard to discrimination and physical fitness standards/cut offs, the development and maintenance of a physical fitness program that is sensitive to discrimination while maintaining performance standards for police training recruits is crucial (Brooks, 2001). Utilizing Logistic Regression, the aim of the current study is to analyze participation in the ATP on attrition rates and the variable of gender. Results of the current study will be used to provide information on police training in the area of physical fitness.
PSYD in Clinical Psychology
Putman, Katharine M.
Los Angeles (Calif.), Police Department, Police, Police training
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