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Academy Curriculum week 2 dis 2

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? 

Table 4-3 Topics Included in Basic Training of State and Local Law Enforcement Training Academies

Topics

Percentage of Academies with Training

Median Number of Hours of Instruction

Operations

Report writing

100%

20 hrs. 

Patrol

99

40  

Investigations

99

40  

Basic first aid/CPR

99

24  

Emergency vehicle operations

97

40  

Computers/information systems

58

 8  

Weapons/self-defense

Self-defense

 99%

51 hrs.

Firearms skills

98

60  

Non-lethal weapons

98

12  

Legal

Criminal law

100%

36 hrs. 

Constitutional law

98

12  

History of law enforcement

84

4  

Self-improvement

Ethics and integrity

100%

8 hrs.

Health and fitness

96

46  

Stress prevention/management

87

 5  

Basic foreign language

36

16  

Community policing

Cultural diversity/human relations

 98%

11 hrs.

Basic strategies

92

 8  

Mediation/conflict management

88

 8  

Special topics

Domestic violence

 99%

14 hrs.

Juveniles

99

 8  

Domestic preparedness

88

 8  

Hate crimes/bias crimes

87

 4  

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, State and Local Law Enforcement Training Academies, 2006 (February 2009), bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/slleta06.pdf (accessed July 15, 2010), p. 6.

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References:

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

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