Police Training on Domestic Violence: Bengt-Ake Lundvall’s Taxonomy of Knowledge Principles
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Police training on domestic violence is one of the best methods to ensure officers are responding appropriately. Once training is complete, it is, however, important that the quality of the training is high. This case study can provide management with ways to improve domestic violence training.
Purpose: This Applied Research Project (ARP) is presented in a triplex. First, this ARP uses Dr. Bengt‐Ake Lundvall four knowledge taxonomy principles (know‐what, know‐how, know‐why, know‐who) to develop a police training assessment tool to evaluate family violence training. Second, this paper uses Lundvall's knowledge taxonomy principles to evaluate police officer’s domestic violence training in the City of Dallas. Third, the findings are used to provide recommendations to improve Dallas city police department training.
Method: This case study usesthe Lundvall'sframework to explore the City of Dallas police training on domestic violence. Structures interviews and document analysis were used to perform this assessment.
Findings: Based on the structured interviews and document analysis, the City of Dallas police training on domestic violence is functioning well and effectively. However, among the Lundvall's four knowledge principles, evidence shows know what was limited. In order to further develop Lundvall's principles for the City of Dallas police training on family violence, the know what should be addressed. Lundvall's know why is the strongest supported in this case study. Officers should continuously learn the know why to align with Lundvall's principles for the police training on domestic violence. Each of Lundvall's knowledge taxonomy principles are prioritized differently.
Based on findings in this case study, the following list prioritizes Lundvall's principles:
- Know how
- Know why
- Know who
- Know what
Take away: Overall, the City of Dallas police training on family violence uses Lundvall's knowledge principles to ensure officers are responding appropriately. Structured interviews and document analysis were affective data collection methods to explore Lundvall's knowledge taxonomy principles in Dallas City police training on domestic violence. Based on the findings, know how knowledge principle provides the strongest support in this Applied Research Project (ARP). Know why and know who knowledge principles yields limited support in this case study. However, this ARP essentially failed to provide support for Lundvall's know what principle.