Education, Hiring and Disciplinary Issues in Law Enforcement Agencies

July 25, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm

This webinar will explore the impact of formal academic education, gender, race, age, and military service have on the number of deputy sheriff disciplinary issues. The results came from running a non-experimental quantitative research analysis using a large Southeast Sheriff’s Office.

This webinar is geared towards all criminal justice professionals, those employed in the field of academia, and citizens who are interested in learning the truth concerning disciplinary issues and law enforcement. Although the actual study being discussed focused solely on sworn law enforcement officers, the information gathered from the study can be used in a variety of fields. A portion of the webinar will provide crucial information specifically to law enforcement agency command staff members, chiefs of police and sheriffs, who are interested in using research-based strategies and policies in their own agencies to reduce issues and increase performance.

In this webinar, attendees will gain/learn the following:

  • An up-to-date snapshot of the levels of formal education in law enforcement.
  • Insight into the benefits of academic education and military service on disciplinary issues.
  • Important directions for future research.
  • The relationship between an agency’s hiring standards and their reputation.
  • Suggestions to law enforcement agencies concerning hiring when considering applicant credentials.

PRESENTER: Dr. Chase Wetherington is currently a Detective with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, in Tampa, FL, where he has served since 2012 in a variety of positions including Field Training Officer an as a part of the District II Intelligence Unit. During his time in law enforcement, he has investigated and solved countless felonious offenses, attended hundreds of hours of advanced training and has received numerous accommodations and awards including three lifesaving awards. He is an FDLE certified instructor teaching subjects for both law enforcement agencies and local LE academy classes. He is also the founder of Wetherington Consulting, LLC., a consulting firm which specializes in performing quantitative research studies and consulting for law enforcement agencies. Dr. Wetherington has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida, Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Criminal Justice from Walden University. The focus of his research and dissertation is on many law enforcement officer characteristics, including formal academic education levels, and their impact on disciplinary issues and performance.