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An analysis of rater-ratee race and sex influences upon field training officer program evaluations

Authors
Journal
Journal of Criminal Justice
0047-2352
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
17
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0047-2352(89)90003-2

Abstract

Abstract One recent innovation in law enforcement is the implementation of Field Training Officer (FTO) programs. The FTO program is a postacademy training period during which candidates receive additional instruction and have their field performance monitored on a daily basis. Black and female trainees in general receive lower scores than whites and males in the agency under study. Given differential success rates, the question becomes whether ratee and rater characteristics, such as race and sex, influence evaluations. An analysis of training scores from an FTO program in one southeastern municipal police agency indicated that rater characteristics do not alter ratee scores. Despite the introduction of a uniform program with a standardized rating format, these results pinpoint a program deficiency and suggest the need for a more structured instructional format in order to balance trainee success rates.

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