The Redesign of Advanced Patrol Training for Police Constables in Ontario: Making Use of Evaluation to Maximize Organizational Effectiveness and Efficiency

The use of evaluation to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the Ontario Police College in the delivery of a refresher training program for police officers is described. Confronted by a growing backlog of patrol officers requiring refresher training and ongoing financial constraints, in 1997 the College, in co-operation with Ontario police services, initiated a comprehensive refresher training needs analysis. A multi-stage, multi-method strategy was employed in the research.