Crisis Intervention in Law Enforcement – CJUS 630

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course will introduce the student to crisis theory, concepts, intervention and strategies required for criminal justice first responders. The student will learn how to develop and implement organizational programs for crisis intervention including: recognition of threat levels, active listening, effective mediation strategies and negotiation strategies of mentally unstable persons.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

CJUS 630 – Crisis Intervention in Law Enforcement is one of the core courses in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Forensic Science track. As such, students in this course explore various intersections of crisis management and criminal justice.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the role of the law enforcement officer in crisis intervention, to include Prevention; Restoring of calm; and Referral.
  2. Identify the short term and long term goals of crisis intervention by law enforcement officers.
  3. Isolate aspects of personality and emotional development among professionals which may contribute to strained relations among affected populations and outline strategies to mediate such obstacles.
  4. Describe a minimum of four (4) examples of crisis situations in which police intervention commonly takes place and justify, through a writing assignment, the various methodologies to resolve each situation.
  5. Discuss a minimum of three (3) potential hazards to the officer which are inherent in crisis situations and outline preparatory measures for training.
  6. Identify effective intervention techniques with relation to 1) Initial contact; 2) Restoring of calm; 3) Fact finding; and, 4) Courses of action and how these techniques protect the rights of populations with behavioral disorders.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations (if included).

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

There will be 4 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. All statements of fact must be supported with citations in current APA format (at least 3 in each thread). In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 250 words and include at least 1 citation in current APA format. Each thread and reply must include at least 1 Holy Bible reference.

Research Paper Topic

During Module/Week 2, the student will submit a research paper topic in the form of a paragraph exploring a specific problem in Crisis Intervention.

Journal Article Reviews (3)

The student will critically review a total of three (3) recent peer reviewed journal articles in a format outlined in the Journal Article Review Template. Students should pay particular attention to how the author frames the problem, what the literature says about the problem, the methods used to prove or disprove the hypothesis, and the subsequent analysis. The paper must appear in the format provided in the template. See the assignment instructions and grading rubric for additional instructions and guidance.

Biblical Worldview Paper

For the Biblical Worldview assignment, the student will write a short essay that critically examines the literature and constructively identifies the gaps and omissions in the literature where a Biblical Worldview should be internalized and expressed in the life of the criminal justice professional as they deal with Crisis Intervention. The paper should be at least 2 pages in length. For the first page, it is important that the student make the distinction where and on what grounds the crisis management literature comes up short as it relates to what the research has for us versus what God has for his people. For the second page, the student should demonstrate how they might integrate the Biblical Worldview into the problem that they are studying. The paper must properly follow current APA style (i.e., double spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman or Arial font style). If the student needs more help understanding how to analyze scholastic literature, he/she may consult the corresponding section in the APA manual.

Research Paper

The student will write a research paper focused on the topic prompt in the research paper instructions and submit it during Module/Week 8. The completed research paper shall be a minimum of 10 to 12 pages and must follow current APA guidelines. The page count does not include the title page, abstract, or reference section. It must include 10–15 sources with at least 1 source being the Holy Bible. The student should have a specific section in the paper dedicated to a synthesis of their Christian Worldview and their topic. See the assignment instructions and grading rubric for additional instructions and guidance.

Tests (4)

Each test will cover the Reading & Study material for module/week in which it is assigned and the preceding module/week. Each test will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and essay questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.