Recruitment, Training, Accountability and Transparency

  • Brian A. Maule
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)


There should be little if any doubt that perhaps the single most significant function of a police department is the recruitment, selection, and hiring of individuals to become members of its organization; the starting point of which is the organizational decision on the qualities required for the job. More than six decades ago Chicago veteran police officer Thomas M. Frost (1955) in his master thesis argued

that the best police officers come from families with little formal education and, during adolescence, were exposed to the ways of the community gangs and the so-called “respectable” hoodlums. As a result of this “education” such officers are in a much better position to anticipate gang moves, understand hoodlum mores, and establish confidences among the hoodlum element than are their more educated brothers.” Furthermore “except for certain specialized positions in the police departments, a college degree is not necessary” because the person so qualified may be frustrated with routine police work but just as important accepting applicants with “only a fifth or sixth grade education may be inviting disaster.


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  • Brian A. Maule
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  1. 1.John Jay College of Criminal JusticeNew YorkUSA

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