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 Course Title:   Community Crisis Issues

 Title Abbreviation:   COMMUNITY CRISIS ISSUES

 Department:    CJ

 Course #:    235

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    430103

 EPC:    832

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Covers the applicable methods, preparation and considerations of crisis intervention for the patrol officer. Explores rural, suburban and urban patrol options, field assessment, knowledge of local resources and the importance of following policy and procedures in the patrol officer’s role. Examines typical responses and the general options of problem-solving situations that face the police.


Prerequisite: Department chair approval.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Supplementary Elective  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Be knowledgeable of the history of patrol. Articulate the different types of patrol, and the pros and cons of each.
  2. Know the difference between an unknown risk contact and a known (high) risk contact.
  3. Show understanding that some types of patrol are more effective when dealing with particular cultural issues, barriers, neighborhoods or crime driven by ethnicity.
  4. Conduct a shift check and prepare a police patrol vehicle prior to and after patrol.
  5. Understand the role played by police dispatchers and their importance to patrol officers.
  6. Recite the law enforcement alphabet for purposes of radio communication. Position a patrol vehicle effectively on an unknown risk traffic stop.
  7. Be cognizant of various policies related to vehicle pursuits and use of force options.
  8. Understand appropriate general patrol responses to domestic violence, assaults, citizen complaints, collision investigation, and other routine calls for service.
  9. Know the roles of the contact officer and the cover officer in two-officer stops and contacts.
  10. Examine police response to domestic and family violence, emotionally disturbed persons, death or dying, and persons under the influence or affected by intoxicants and/or drugs.
  11. Learn techniques for delivery of death and emergency notifications, and how to critically analyze individual and family needs during such events.
  12. Inventory their local and regional agencies that provide support services.
  13. Discuss intervention issues that carry implications of cultural pluralism and sensitivity.
  14. Employ critical thinking in problem-solving when dealing with youthful and elderly victims and offenders.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.3 Identify and evaluate the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study and among different fields of study.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.
1.4 Evaluate issues (for example economic, legal, historic, social) surrounding the use of information.
1.5 Effectively integrate and use information ethically and legally to accomplish a specific purpose.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.
2.9 Apply and/or create problem-solving strategies to successfully adapt to unpredictable and/or changing environments.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.
3.6 Recognize, comprehend, and use visual communication appropriate to a given context.
3.7 Adapt communication to diverse audiences and media.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.
4.5 Adapt to and function effectively in communities and cultures different from one's own.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
5.2 Identify diverse communities and their shared/competing interests and develop strategies for prevention and resolution of conflict.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.1 Identify ethical and healthy choices and apply these personally, socially, academically, and professionally.
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.
6.5 Develop self-monitoring and self-advocacy skills to effect positive life changes.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process.
7.2 Demonstrate knowledge of aesthetic principles.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.1 Analyze problems to determine what mathematical principles apply.
8.3 Interpret information and reasoning expressed mathematically (for example in spreadsheets, diagrams, charts, formulas, etc.).

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.2 Demonstrate their understanding of the principles of scientific methods, analysis, and reasoning.
9.3 Analyze, apply, and communicate scientific concepts and principles in context (for example, in technological, personal, and/or professional situations).
9.4 Use scientific concepts and principles to understand the natural world, human behavior and culture, and relationships between humans and the rest of the natural world.
9.5 Demonstrate an understanding of the political and ethical issues in science.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.2 Demonstrate an understanding of legal, ethical, and environmental issues in the use and misuse of technology.
10.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of technology in one’s personal and professional life.

Course Contents

  1. History and types of patrol. Risk contacts, cultural issues, barriers, neighborhood ethnicity.
  2. Shift check and role played by police dispatchers. Law enforcement alphabet/radio communication.
  3. Policies related to vehicle pursuits. General patrol responses to routine calls of service.
  4. Positioning a patrol vehicle in different circumstances. Roles of a contact officer and the cover officer.
  5. Primary delivery system will be through Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission curriculum provided as learning modules to guide officers in the following:
    • Response to issues domestic and family violence; Emotionally disturbed persons;
    • Death notifications; and
    • Persons addicted, under the influence or affected by intoxicants and/or drugs.
  6. Development of a law enforcement-appropriate inventory of state, regional, and local service agencies.
  7. Involvement of guest presenters and panelists with a wide variety of subject matter expertise.