Improving probation officer effectiveness through agency-university collaboration
Tammatha A. Clodfelter, Melissa A. Alexander, Jefferson E. Holcomb, Catherine D. Marcum & Tara N. Richards
Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society
August 26, 2014
Collaborative research partnerships between criminal justice agencies and universities are vital to providing more effective and efficient services to the community by connecting research with practice. Unfortunately, such partnerships are not frequently sought. The tradition of autonomous research is often at least partially rooted in the perception that barriers to collaboration cannot be successfully mitigated. As external factors are increasing the pressure to collaborate, it is constructive to recognize the known barriers and strategies to overcome these hurdles. The present paper discusses an ongoing collaboration between the university researchers and a federal probation district in the assessment of an ongoing training program to improve officer interactions with offenders. Best practices are outlined and suggestions for future projects are discussed.