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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Symposium #136
CE Offered: BACB
Police Academy Training and Applied Behavior Analysis
Saturday, May 26, 2018
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom F
Area: OBM/CSS
CE Instructor: John O'Neill, Ph.D.
Chair: John O'Neill (Contextual Behavioral Science Institute)
Discussant: John O'Neill (Contextual Behavioral Science Institute)
Abstract: This symposium will present data on applications of behavior analysis to police academy training. The first study involved a class of 54 police academy cadets exposed to training as usual with performance assessed at 7 and 15-week follow-up during the academy. Trainers and cadets were then provided performance feedback prior to a booster training that resulted in mastery-level performance. A post-academy follow-up test was conducted after 4 months of work in the field as a police officer. The second study involved a novel class of 46 police academy cadets exposed to behavioral skills training. Half of the class received video-modeling and the other half did not. Trainers and cadets were then provided performance feedback prior to a booster training that resulted in mastery-level performance. A post-academy follow-up test was conducted after 4 months of work in the field as a police officer. Results of both studies will be discussed in terms of implications for police academy training and the dissemination of behavior analysis to policing.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): BST, Maintenance, Police, Video-modeling
Target Audience: Behavior Analysts who are interested in working with police.
Learning Objectives: Attendees will learn how to employ single-case designs in policing. Attendees will learn about the effectiveness of ABA in policing. Attendees will learn how to apply BST in policing.
 
Police Academy Training: The Effect of Performance Feedback
(Applied Research)
JOHN O'NEILL (Contextual Behavioral Science Institute), Dawn O'Neill (Force Science Institute), Katelyn Weed (Minnesota State University Mankato), Emily Novak (Force Science Institute), William Spence (Force Science Institute), William Lewinski (Force Science Institute)
Abstract: A class of 54 police academy cadets was exposed to training as usual and performance was assessed at 7 and 15-week follow-up during the academy. Trainers and cadets were then provided performance feedback prior to a booster training that resulted in mastery-level performance. A post-academy follow-up test was conducted after 4 months of work in the field.
 
Police Academy Training: The Effect of Video Modeling
(Applied Research)
DAWN O'NEILL (Force Science Institute), John O'Neill (Contextual Behavioral Science Institute), Katelyn Weed (Force Science Institute), Emily Novak (Force Science Institute), William Spence (Force Science Institute), William Lewinski (Force Science Institute)
Abstract: A novel class of 46 police academy cadets was exposed to behavioral skills training. Half of the class received video-modeling and the other half did not. Trainers and cadets were then provided performance feedback prior to a booster training that resulted in mastery-level performance. A post-academy follow-up test was conducted after 4 months of work in the field.
 

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