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Citizen Complaints: There are few issues in policing that provide more opportunities to affect community-police relations than the resolution of citizen complaints. The complaint intake and investigative process is a leading indicator of a department's commitment to the highest standards of ethics and integrity. This course is designed to help participants gain the knowledge and skills to assess the citizen complaint process specific to their departments. Participants will develop and present a sample process identifying and describing key elements. A sample case is reviewed as a tool to strengthen police departments' process.
Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS): These workshops provide participants with the fundamentals of community policing. This course is an introduction to community and problem oriented policing, as well as a comparison of traditional models of policing. Participants are involved in practical problem-solving exercises.
DNA Evidence: Designed for first responders in law enforcement agencies, this course focuses on the identification, collection and preservation of DNA evidence. Participants will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge by working a mock crime scene and taking part in practical exercises in order to increase their knowledge on the handling of DNA evidence and decrease the amount of mishandled cases within their department.
Early Warning: Bringing a new recruit on board in an agency involves a substantial commitment of time, money, and other resources. These resources are wasted if those officers fail to meet organizational expectations. This course provides managers with a process for identifying, intervening and following up with officers who exhibit potentially problematic conduct using data and criteria defined by the organization. It provides an important focus on integrity and accountability for law enforcement agencies.
Ethics and Integrity: Designed for line officers, this course provides an innovative approach based on the reality of law enforcement and uses the actual experiences of participants. The goal of this course is to assist officers in recognizing ethical challenges and to help them make appropriate decisions when faced with such situations in the field.
Fear Reduction: The events of 9-11-2001 profoundly affected the sense of safety and security experienced by most Americans. By most accounts, we are overestimating the level of risk to which we are exposed and underestimating the extent to which we can do something about it. This seminar will equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver presentations in their own communities to allay residents' fears and provide them with concrete steps they can take to reassert a sense of control in their lives.
Historically Excluded Groups: Engaging Children: Assumptions are made about the ability of children to participate as full members of the community. Children are at heightened risk for victimization, and comprise a population at the heart of the prevention and early intervention philosophy of community policing. The early intervention philosophy encourages the preparation of youth for civic responsibilities before those responsibilities are given to them. This course explains how to engage youth in community policing efforts.
Historically Excluded Groups: Engaging Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, & Intersexed Persons: With a history of tension between themselves and the police, people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (GLBT) often have been excluded from community policing efforts. This gap in service provision leaves this population at increased risk for victimization (i.e. hate crimes). This course explores stereotypes about this population and explains how community policing efforts can be utilized for their greater inclusion.
Historically Excluded Groups: Engaging Persons with Mental Illness / Cognitive Impairment: Police contact with persons with mental illness or cognitive impairment (MI/CI) continues to rise as community-based approaches are relied upon increasingly as alternatives to institutionalization. Many erroneous assumptions are made regarding the ability of persons with MI/CI to function in the community and, in fact, participate in civic life. This course outlines a process for agencies interested in engaging mental health consumers, advocacy groups, and other community parties with a stake in this issue.
Historically Excluded Groups: Engaging Undocumented Persons: Some segments of the community are alienated or have been left out of community policing efforts because of their legal status; however, every person on American soil has certain civil rights, including access to police services and protection regardless of citizenship. Too often, undocumented persons are exploited and serious injury or death results. This course identifies methods for engaging this population within the community policing framework.
Human Trafficking: Human Trafficking is the fastest growing crime worldwide, second only to the sale of illegal drugs. It generates 9.5 billion dollars in revenue annually. Victim rescues and prosecution of traffickers have been increasing in Texas due to heightened awareness and multi-agency task force responses. Participants of this course will become oriented to human trafficking and obtain an increased awareness of victim identification and rescue issues, investigation and prosecution considerations, and an understanding of the need for coordinated community response.
Implementing Community Policing: Designed for chiefs and top management, this seminar focuses on evolving community policing philosophy and implementation issues. Programmatic and practical considerations are discussed, including ways of getting the community involved in community policing.
Racial Profiling: Race continues to be a highly divisive issue in the United States broadly and is even more controversial in policing. This course provides an overview of what racial profiling is and, as importantly, what it is not. Data from Texas are discussed in the context of national trends. Participants will learn when and how to properly consider race in the context of permissible police practices.
The Role of Local Intelligence in Homeland Security: The seminar was created by the Wichita State Regional Community Policing Institute. Developed for law enforcement administrators of local, state, and federal agencies, the seminar explains how community policing can be effectively integrated with the homeland security effort. The distinguished presenters of this seminar series are recognized internationally as experts in terrorism and include: Dr. David Carter, Dr. Andra Katz-Bannister, and Dr. Richard Holden.
Supervising in a Community Policing Environment: As community policing becomes more prevalent among police agencies, the need for supervision and management training has increased. The manager who is effective in a traditional policing environment may not be effective in a department that has embraced the community policing philosophy. This course is designed to provide supervisors with an understanding of their new role and to give them the tools they will need to be successful leaders in a community policing environment. This seminar includes: the evolution of policing; changing roles of managers and supervisors; roadblocks to community policing; changing organizational structure to facilitate community policing; and evaluation of officers.
Terrorism 101: Although the federal government has the primary responsibility for maintaining homeland security, the fact remains that terrorists live and work in neighborhoods and cities. Offered on an as-needed basis, this course is designed to familiarize officers with dominant terrorist groups that operate within the United States and to explain their role in keeping our communities safe from terrorist acts.
Volunteers in Police Services: Law enforcement agencies around the country are trying to do more with less as they struggle to cope with dwindling budgets. Simultaneously, they are seeking to engage community members more fully in the policing enterprise. Through the Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) program, agencies can do both. This seminar will familiarize participants with the VIPS program and generate ideas on how to implement and sustain meaningful and successful initiatives when law enforcement and community volunteers partner together.