Modern Crime/Issues and Supervision
Write a response to the following prompt:
- Describe the nature of one of these potentially deadly situations and problems that confront police officers and their leaders:
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse/use/trafficking
- School violence
- Crimes in progress
- Gun ownership
- Critical incidents
- Natural disasters and accidental calamities
- What are the roles of the police officer in the chosen situation and what are some strategies/tactics employed by supervisors and police officers in dealing with this issue?our discussion first then the individuals
Jacqueline week 5 discussion 2
Police officers and their leaders.
Several of these crimes/issues were interesting to me, but as a parent of school-aged children, ‘School Violence’ is the issue I am choosing to discuss. In the past decade I think we have all seen the horrors of school violence. In our text we read about several of the incidences that have happened, the age of the children that committed the crimes, the number of people injured or killed, and what, during this time of chaos and fear, the police are expected to do and expected to say that will ensure our feelings of safety and knowledge that our community is safe; neither of which gets done very well.
Unfortunately, due to past events and incidents there has become a familiar and predictable ‘profile’ for determining what children might be in dangerous of showing signs of violence in school. Some characteristics include: being bullied, being pushed into feeling like an introvert, feeling as though they are not smart enough or being told they are not, having either a teacher or a member of the administration treating them harshly or disrespectfully for no reason, or possibly having family issues that force a level of agitation that cannot be expressed without violence.
I know from personal experience that police are involved with school procedures to help teach our children about safety, about teaching kids who it is ok to talk to or walk with in a time of crisis (all of which parents should do before children even begin school). Our text tells us that making sure the schools security is kept in place by not allowing anyone to enter without permission, not allowing anyone to roam hallways without first signing in at the office, not allowing anyone to roam halls unless they are a school employee, even parents should be asked to remain in the office and that their child be brought to them to ensure everyone’s safety, and if there is an incident there is a certain protocol to follow to again, ensure everyone’s safety. Police and school are two community organization for which our children should be taught to trust and listen to.
When schools and police work together they should follow certain strategies that help the community and parents alike to understand that certain behavior either is a must, or will not be tolerated. Behavior such as,
‘Publicizing the philosophy that a gang presence will not be tolerated, and institutionalizing a code of conduct; Alerting students and parents about school rules and punishments for infractions; Creating alternative schools for those students who cannot function in a regular classroom; Training teachers, parents, and school staff to identify children who are most at risk for violent behavior; Developing community initiatives focused on breaking family cycles of violence, and providing programs on parenting, conflict resolution, anger management, and recovery from substance abuse; Establishing peer counseling in schools to give troubled youths the opportunity to talk to someone their own age; Teaching children that it is not “tattling” to go to a school teacher or staff member if they know someone who is discussing “killing” (Marlin and Vogt, 1999)’ (Peak et al, 2010, p. 350)
Decades ago police would only come to schools if an issue occurred, and only if called. Decades ago schools used their own version of punishment (corporal punishment) for which meant detentions, suspensions, and sometimes paddle spankings. Because of changes in state and federal laws, corporal punishment is no longer allowed in certain states. Now, the police have to get involved a lot sooner. Now, the presence of police in some schools, is a regular mainstay. The concepts of metal detectors and K-9 units have taken a place of learning, into what to some see as prisons.
Is the idea of police and school partnerships so bad? Is the idea that they should work together to help prevent school-related crimes such a bad thing? Or maybe, we should see it as a step in the right directions. On the COPS website, the article ‘School-Based Partnership Grants’ we see that with these partnerships communities can benefit with a wide range of benefits, such as,
‘Reduce drug dealing or use on school grounds; Solve problems experienced by students on the way to and from school; Combat assault or sexual assault; Eliminate alcohol use or alcohol-related problems; Stop threats and intimidation; Prevent vandalism and graffiti; Reduce loitering and disorderly conduct directly related to crime or student safety; Mediate disputes that pose a threat to student safety; Eliminate larceny’ (COPS, 2014).
In the above article it gives strategies for helping to prevent violence or criminal acts, one of those strategies that I believe is an excellent idea is to involve the children in the process of teaching them how to prevent crime, meaning explain to the kids what THEY can do to prevent crime. That their own acts might prevent someone from becoming violent, such as being willing to talk to someone if you notice they are having a bad day, helping another child out when they are being bullied, making sure that if an incident does occur they pay attention to the procedures they are taught and help others to do the same, and what I believe is most important is, if an incident does occur, helping those who are upset to calm down so as to not alarm those being violent to the upset child. Providing comfort to an upset child just might save more than just their life.
There is no one strategy that will prevent all school-related crimes. There is no one way to act in a situation that will prevent other from being violent. But taking that second to understand the situation and do what is necessary to defuse the situation might just be what keeps fellow students and others alive.
N/A (2014). School – Based Partnership Grants. Community Oriented Policing Services. Retrieved: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/default.asp?Item=74
Peak, K., Gaines, L. & Glensor, R. (2010). Police supervision and management in an era of community policing (3rd ed.) Upper saddle, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN: 9780135154663
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