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The Collier Country (Florida) Sheriff's Office has initiated a voluntary career development program for law enforcement and corrections officers holding ranks of lieutenant and below. The career development program is implemented through a systems approach that integrates career planning and individual assessment with performance evaluation, training, education, and compensation. The program's desired outcomes are to increase job satisfaction, improve levels of performance, and promote a healthier organizational climate. All program participants receive individual and group counseling, and all participating supervisors attend 2-day career development and performance evaluation workshops that emphasize supervisors' roles/responsibilities in providing technical and career information and serving as mentors. Participants also undergo an extensive assessment program that includes batteries of tests and self- and peer assessments. The curriculum consists of four core components: academic endeavors; community service; physical fitness; and firearms proficiency. The fifth component, job rotation/special assignment, may also be offered by special arrangement. A system of monetary rewards that is distinct from the agency's eight-step salary schedule is used to reward officers for participating in the program. To date, interest in the career development program has been highest among younger deputies with fewer than 5 years at the agency. (MN)

Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Career Development, County Programs, Labor Force Development, Law Enforcement, Police, Program Design, Program Evaluation, Systems Approach, Workshops

Autor: Ferguson, Edward T.


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