Training for Reactive and Proactive Responses

Assignment: Training for Reactive and Proactive Responses

Law enforcement could be viewed as primarily reactive by its very nature. After all, a police officer cannot concretely predict an actual crime in the future, just as it is impossible to know to where a 911 call will prompt a dispatch. As you have seen in previous courses in this program, however, it is possible to understand causes of crime and identify ways to minimize those causes, thereby decreasing the occurrence of crime.

Although reactive methods are often entirely appropriate, it is also possible to take proactive approaches to law enforcement in general, promoting circumstances that foster citizen engagement and decrease the conditions for crime. In the same way that reactive methods for handling crime can be taught, so can proactive methods. In this Assignment, you envision the training that takes both these methods into account.

To prepare:

  • Imagine that you are the training officer for a class of new recruits. Your task is to create training materials.
By Day 7

Create training materials that detail how to apply reactive policing and proactive policing. Your training materials should consist of a 10 slide PowerPoint presentation. For these materials, you must include the following:

  • Create a plausible criminal justice scenario in which reactive policing would or could be applied effectively.
  • Write three questions that you could ask students that would help them apply the concept of a reactive approach.
    • Write your questions so that they are specific enough to focus your audience, relevant, and open-ended enough to prompt potential discussion (e.g., they cannot be answered with only a “yes” or “no” response). For example, reflect on the difference between these two questions:
      • How would you deescalate a situation in which your dog chewed and ruined your favorite shoes? (Prompts the listener to apply learning.)
      • Would you put your dog outside temporarily to deescalate a situation in which your dog chewed and ruined your favorite shoes? (Allows the listener to answer with a “yes” or “no.”)
  • Write answers to your reactive questions and include them in the presentation. The answers should reflect analysis and application of a reactive approach to the scenario.
  • Create a plausible criminal justice scenario in which proactive policing would or could be applied effectively.
    • Follow the same question-writing guidelines as above.
  • Write three questions that you could ask students that would help them apply the concept of a proactive approach.
  • Write answers to your proactive questions and include them in the presentation. The answers should reflect analysis and application of a proactive approach to the scenario.

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