Mentoring is a mutually beneficial
relationship in which a knowledgeable and skilled
veteran officer (mentor) provides insight, guidance and
developmental opportunities to a lesser skilled and
experienced colleague (protégé).For this article
mentoring is a unique interpersonal relationship
between two individuals (Janasz et al. 2013: 1437).The
article's main goal is to establish whether and how
mentoring can be used to promote development.
The key purpose of mentoring relationships is to
support and challenge both parties toward their learning
and development (Parsloe and Wray, 2004; Garvey,
2014). Mentoring is to connect an individual who has a
lot of knowledge and experience with someone who
hasn’t gained the same knowledge or experience
yet. Parsloe and Wray suggest that when all the theory is
taken away, mentoring is still a simple one-to-one
meeting held regularly to support the mentee in their
ambitions to make improvements either in their personal
or working life.A mentor, therefore, is a leader and a
counsellor, who relates on a one-on-one basis with an
individual, usually a younger person called a mentee
(Akinade, 2001).S/he focuses on giving direction and
imparting knowledge. The relationship should be based
on mutual understanding and respect. The mentee is
aware of his/her need for guidance and deliberately
adopts the counsel of the mentor after careful
consideration (if it is about making a personal choice).
Hence, the mentor is not imposing himself/herself on the
mentee. The relationship is not designed to obliterate the
personality of the mentee neither is it meant to focus on
the superiority of the mentor.
Mentoring, Mentors, Peer mentoring, Professional development. Work integration, Police.