How does internal police training affect ethical decision-making?

Research Institution / Organisation

University of Central Lancashire

In Collaboration With

Gwent Police

Principal Researcher

Supt. Carl Williams

Level of Research


Project Start Date

September 2016

Research Context

​This research aims to review the current provision for training around the Code of Ethics and how this is embedded into the way in which new and existing officers make decisions. This is particularly topical due to the changes in police training with the introduction of PEQF.

The principal objective of the study is to test whether the training received by students makes any difference to their decision-making post-training and post-integration into the workplace (socialisation).

Research Methodology

​A voluntary, self-selecting sample of approximately 20 student officers have taken part in the study. These officers took part in semi-structured interviews on their first week in the service; they are currently being interviewed following six months' service (post-training) and will subsequently be interviewed six months after finishing training (post socialisation into the workplace).

Interim reports and publications

​Not available

Date due for completion

June 2021
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