This study presents results of a questionnaire survey concerning the broad meaning of the employment relationship between European police higher colleges and their teaching staff. The analysed issues involved the selection criteria and procedures, mechanisms which motivate teachers to apply for a post in police colleges, police professional experience as a prerequisite to employment, nature of employment, timeliness of professional experience as well as the length of the employment contract. Analysis of the mentioned areas are to reveal common features (standards), which characterise employment of teaching and training staff in police higher colleges. The results of the analysis are accompanied with a presentation of selected individual solutions. In the case of police colleges, the revealed standards may serve as benchmarks in order to make it possible to evaluate the situation in one's own institution, whereas the individual solutions may by found useful as examples of good practices. The research was to verify the hypothesis that 'police professional experience has an important influence on the nature of employment of teaching and training staff in European police higher colleges. At the same time, the significance of this experience decreases in the case of the colleges which have an academic status'. The first part of the paper contains the description of the international context of the work of higher police colleges, including its relation to the Bologna Process. The second part of the paper is concentrated on the findings concerning the teaching staff, which were recorded within the Project Survey on European Police Education (project carried out under the patronage of CEPOL). The third part of the study relates to the presented research. It is devoted to the methodology of research, specific tasks of police higher education institutions, academic status of the colleges as well as to the situation of civilian and police teachers. In the final conclusions the author referred to the question of the hypothesis verification.
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