The Rising Issue of Generation Y and Police Training

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The Rising Issue of Generation Y and Police Training

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Problem Solving Practicum OL430
Anthony Nixon
February 27, 2008

CONTENTS

Referencesiii

Research Focus The Real Issues1

What is Generation X?2

Generation Y4

The Problem6

Recruitment, Selection, and Retention8

Conclusions12

References
Lomi Kriel. (2006, June 26). Cities face troubles in hiring cops. San Antonio Express News, p. 1. Andy Headworth. (2007, December 07). Ten differences between Generation X and Generation Y Employees [Msg 1]. Message posted to Sirona Says To infinite recruitment and beyond electronic mailing list, archived at http:/​/​blog.sironaconsulting.com/​sironasays/​2007/​12/​our-futurex-ver.html Wikipedia. (2007). Generation X. In Wikipedia (1st ed., Vol. 1, p. 1). Unknown, World Wide Web: Wikipedia. Retrieved March 10, 2008, from Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia Web site: http:/​/​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Generation_X Research Focus

The Real Issues

There is a rising problem in the police field regarding hiring and retaining quality officers. At the front of this problem is the Y generation and the opposing generational values between them and generation X. This also lends itself to training issues and the difference in learning styles between the two generations. This paper will delve in to merging the two current styles of training and the problems that might come up during the process.

This investigation will deal with agencies across the country as well as my own. The problem affects the public as well as the officers not provided the life experience to handle situations they will come in to contact. With the average age of a generation Y leaving the home being, twenty-six they do not possess the live skills necessary to deal with situations common in the law enforcement field. The training styles have to adapt to accommodate this lack of skills and help overcome the problem. My research will come from networking with other agencies across the state and country. A major portion of my research will come from the web as well. COPS website with the help of some benchmark police agencies has developed a training program that can help this issue. With the combination of the San Jose model of training and the Police officer training program, we will address this issue.

What is Generation X?

According to Wikipedia, Generation X is a term used to describe a generation born between the 1960’s and the 1970’s (Wikipedia, 2007). According to other sources, Generation X is anyone born between the mid 60’s and 1980. Generation X’rs were brought up on television, Atari 2600s and personal computers. They are the generation raised in the 1970s and 1980s, and saw this country undergo a selfish phase that they do not want to repeat. Generation X’rs are independent, enjoys informality, is entrepreneurial, and seeks emotional maturity. They want to build a repertoire of skills and experiences they can take with them if they need to, and they want their career path laid out in front of them or they will walk. They also seek balance in their lives now not when they retire. They seek time to raise their children and do not want to miss a minute as their parents did. This generation also wants immediate and honest feedback. While combing the net for research material, I came across a blog listing ten differences between generation x and generation y. I am going to quote the differences here: “1. Preferred style of leadership

• X - only competent leaders will do
• Y - collaboration with management is expected
2. Value of Experience
• X - don't tell me where you have been, show me what you know • Y - experience is irrelevant, as the world is changing so fast 3. Autonomy
•...
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