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Academy Curriculum week 2 discussion 1 (Will)


You are consulting with a large-size police department that has been criticized in the media for its high levels of recent incidents involving police errors in procedure, police misconduct, and revelations of inappropriate use of force. The police department and the police chief have come under extreme criticism from the media, the community and the city officials. On page 127 of Policing America: Challenges and Best Practices is a list of common curriculum implemented in a police academy. Answer each of the following questions pertaining to that curriculum and defend your answers:

  • Looking at the nature of the curriculum and topics included, which training topics do you think might be added to help combat the above issues? Why would that help?  
  • Which topics should be expanded in their duration? Why?  
  • Which topics should be refreshed and included in continuing education of experienced officers? Why?
  • Which curriculum topics should be deleted altogether? Why?  

Our discussion first individuals response, bad and good of post list reference

Looking at the nature of the curriculum and topics included, which training topics do you think might be added to help combat the above issues? Why would that help?

This curriculum should cover mental health issues.  A major “hot topic” in the media for law enforcement is how patrol officers deal with individuals who suffer from mental health conditions.  People who suffer from mental health disorders are very difficult to deal with, which due to their demeanor, creates the high possibility that force will be used against them.  Officers need extensive training in this area so they can learn what the different characteristics of certain illness are, and be able to apply the appropriate tactics to their situation.  A large portion of shootings and force used against the public by law enforcement can be directly and indirectly related to people who suffer from a disorder.

A block of instruction on Court Testimony should also be included.  This would help recruits understand the court system and how to be effective while testifying in court.  This class could cover; public speaking, effective report writing, court procedures and court preparation.

Which topics should be expanded in their duration? Why?

I believe the two topics that should be expanded are Hate Crimes/Bias Crimes and Community Policing – Basic Procedures.

Hate crimes and hate incidents, those that are motivated by an offender's bias against an individual's or group's race, religion, ethnic/national origin, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation, are major issues for the police because of their unique impact on victims and the community (Peak, 2012). If bias crimes are not handled immediately and effectively, it could possibly lead to officers acting out in a bias manner because it has become a normal standard in the community.  Bias Base policing is not acceptable because it goes against the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states all people should be treated fairly and equally. 

Community policing is the back bone of every local law enforcement agency. This training topic should be raised to 16 hours of lecture and activities. This topic should cover:  problem solving techniques, effective communication, community policing through environmental design (CPTED), self-reflection, working within a partnership, and knowledge of community resources.  This course represents the fundamentals of police work, and without a full understanding of this philosophy, police officers will not be effective community leaders. 

Which topics should be refreshed and included in continuing education of experienced officers? Why?

Topics that need to be refreshed from time to time are “ethics & integrity” and “self-defense.”

This job can be overwhelming at times and is usually a “thankless” career.  Rarely do you get a pat on the back from a citizen or supervisor saying you did a good job.  This job “hardens” officers over the years, which creates the potential for them to cross the line on ethics and integrity.  These violations can be minor in nature, but if this topic is not addressed, it could lead to officers committing crimes.  In a broad sense, for the police, being ethical should include holding themselves and others accountable for their actions. Accountability, like character and ethics, is also a significant watchword for today's police, and certainly all citizens expect their public servants to be accountable (Peak, 2012).

Self-defense is another area of the academy curriculum that should be continued on a yearly basis after graduation.  These perishable skills are lost quickly if not practiced.  Whether it’s through officers not taking the time to refresh their skills or because of agencies not having the funding to refresh employees in defensive tactics, it seems this is a frequent topic that is pushed aside.  However, if these skills were fresh in officers’ minds, then maybe the use of force reports would not be so high, because that person would have had confidence in their skill level, which could have caused them to make a better choice in their force option. 

Which curriculum topics should be deleted altogether? Why?

There is nothing I would want to delete from this curriculum; however, if I have to choose one, I would select the “Basic Foreign Language” lecture.  My department does not have a foreign language lecture in the academy and were still able to perform effectively on the street, so I would rather have these hours devoted to defensive tactics.  Yes, it would be nice and helpful, but I don’t think necessary. 

Reference:

Peak, K. (2012). Policing America: Challenges and best practices (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.


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