Academic concepts of police education

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Police education and training in Europe is changing. While the idea of university education for police and police professionalism was first proposed many years ago, there is still no consensus about what police professionalism actually means. While the idea of university education for police is supported by both police managers and academics, in principle, the body of knowledge in policing is still being developed. The paper deals with the development of the police personnel training system in Lithuania. The trends and developments in higher police education in Lithuania have generally confirmed the principal challenges identified in the Bologna Declaration – standardizes and integrates the Lithuanian education in the European Higher Education Area. In Lithuania was prepared the European qualifications framework focused on common references such as the sequencing of study cycles with specific descriptors of the profiles of degrees, introduction of ECTS. University education increased communication skills, public relations skills, report writing skills, response to new training, decision-making ability. That demonstrates that a university education requirement for police institutions is beneficial to the level of performance achieved by its police officers. Keywords: police officer, university education, higher education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-11
JournalVadyba: mokslo tiriamieji darbai
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012



  • Police officer
  • University education
  • Higher education

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