Recruitment, education and careers in the police: a European longitudinal study

  • Tore Bjørgo


In this contribution the author highlights how among many police researchers there is a great need for more comparative policing research in Europe. As a case in point the author presents the research design of an ongoing comparative and longitudinal study of recruitment, education and careers in the police. The fundamental questions in this study are the following: what characterises the kinds of people recruited to police work?; how are they shaped by police education and socialisation into the profession?; how do different systems of police recruitment and education impact on the attitudes and views on police work of the new police officers produced by these systems?
The author describes the project design and content of the used questionnaire but he was not yet able to present findings - because in 2010 the project was in the phase of collecting survey data. The project may facilitate practical collaboration between police researchers in many European countries. The comparative study, based on shared methodological instruments, used to collect and produce truly comparable data, is necessary for further development of police science as a discipline.

A postscript, dated on January 2017, has been integrated by the author to update about the current development of the project itself.

How to Cite
Bjørgo, T. (2017). Recruitment, education and careers in the police: a European longitudinal study. European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin, (2), 271-275. Retrieved from