The Evolution of Police Training: The Investigative Skill Education Program

  • Carol Glasgow
  • Cheryl Lepatski


The education and professional development of police officers have undergone an evolution in the past century. The training of police officers must be reflective of the society in which they serve, and, as such, changes in police education have occurred in response to changing societal conditions and challenges. The traditional paramilitary behavioral training method that many police agencies in Canada have used “…may not be the best environment for the teaching-learning transaction to occur” (Birzer, 2003, p. 29). When trying to empower individual officers to respond to the changing demands of their profession, the flawed environment created by the paramilitary model limits the effectiveness of training initiatives. In response, police services are attempting to improve police training and education because there is a direct correlation between insufficient professional development and inadequate investigations. This chapter will examine recent challenges for police organizations in Alberta and the educational response of the Investigative Skills Education Program (ISEP). Also discussed, in relation to ISEP, are adult learning theory and methodologies for both classroom and online education as well as the structure, content, research, validation, and pilot phases of the program. Finally, we will examine the present and future outlook for the provincial competency-based educational program.


Police Officer Online Learning Police Service Blended Learning Police Agency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Edmonton Police ServiceEdmontonCanada

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