Evaluation of Police Training on LGBTQ Issues: Knowledge, Interpersonal Apprehension, and Self-Efficacy

Tania Israel, Audrey Harkness, Kevin Delucio, Jay N. Ledbetter, Todd Raymond Avellar

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Abstract

The present study evaluates outcomes of a five-hour training session to prepare law enforcement personnel (LEP) to work effectively with LGBTQ individuals and communities. The training was developed collaboratively with the local police department, an LGBTQ community organization, a group of diversity trainers, and the researchers. Approximately 120 LEP participated in the training, and 81 completed pre- and post-test assessments of knowledge, self-efficacy, and interpersonal comfort with LGBTQ people. Paired-sample t-tests demonstrated significant increases in knowledge and confidence in using LGBTQ-affirming tactics on the job. No significant differences were found in participants’ comfort in working with LGBTQ community members. Implications for LEP training on LGBTQ issues and research in assessing LEP for behavioral and affective change are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-67
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Police and Criminal Psychology
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 31 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Diversity training
  • Law enforcement
  • LGBT
  • Police training
  • Training evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Law

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