Mentoring first year police constables: police mentors' perspectives

Tyler, Mark A. and McKenzie, William E. (2011) Mentoring first year police constables: police mentors' perspectives. Journal of Workplace Learning, 23 (8). pp. 518-530. ISSN 1366-5626

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Abstract

Mentoring as a tool for the support and development of novices in many organisations has been considered a putative success. Nevertheless, the literature reveals a paucity of reporting of the mentoring strategies used within the policing profession within Australia. What mentoring is and how it is deployed from Police Mentor’s perspective is the focus of this article. This inquiry will shed light into this contextual gap by illuminating the mentoring experiences of 13 police officers from the district headquarters of a regional city in southeast Queensland. These officers, who presented with varying lengths of police service, were interviewed to ascertain their experiences of being a mentor, and to investigate if they deployed what could be interpreted as a particular model of mentoring. Also considered were, their perspectives and impressions of undertaking the role of mentor, their descriptions on how they mentored, and their preparedness for mentoring. The interviews revealed a group of police officers that reported a belief in the mentoring process. Further, they considered themselves personally prepared for the role of mentor, and related this preparedness to either past experiences of being mentored, or past experience in the role itself. They placed little emphasis on formal training as a mentor, and more often than not, mentored in isolation. These officers rarely requested any collegial support from fellow mentors. The data highlighted several implications for mentoring within the Queensland Police Service, one of which includes the effectiveness of present formal preparation for Mentors.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the Publisher (Emerald)
Depositing User: Mr Mark Tyler
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2011 07:05
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 03:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: mentors; mentoring; police; police training; interview; evaluation; qualitative methods
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1108/13665621111174870
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19383

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