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