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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York City Police Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

Selected Topics in Behavioral Science for Police Officers

Formerly: 
Community Relations for Police Officers and Introduction to Social Psychology
Location: 
Police Academy, 235 East 20th St., New York, NY.
Length: 
Version 1: 123 hours (26 weeks). Version 2: 150 hours (26 weeks).
Dates: 
Version 1: June 1995 - May 1998.* Version 2: June 1998 - December 1999. Version 3: January 2000 - June 2003.
Learner Outcomes: 
Version 1, 2 or 3: Describe criminal and noncrime-related events and their underlying issues in the community that fall within the responsibility of the police department; explain the role of the police officer in the community with regard to criminal and noncriminal activity; describe techniques for intervention in criminal and noncriminal matters; describe the basic principles of social psychology that underlie guidelines for appropriate police officer behavior in dealing with different ethnic groups, emotionally or mentally disturbed individuals, domestic disputes, and various types of criminal behavior.
Instruction: 
Version 1 or 2: Exploration of the manifestations and proposed solutions for noncrime-related problems that the police service is called upon to resolve. Communication skills; personality development: socialization, attitudes, perception; myths and learned behavior; Title VII Law: equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment; cultural awareness, including an overview of the history of immigration to New York City, the process of assimilation, contributions of various ethnic groups; the gay and lesbian community; poverty and other social issues; media images of policing; alternative styles of policing; police cynicism; institutions and secrecy; stress; alcoholism; police authority and ethics; non-custody emotionally disturbed persons; crisis intervention; victimology; disaster response; domestic violence (including member of the service involved in domestic situations); child abuse; juvenile delinquency; youths and adolescents; crowd behavior; bias/prejudice; suicide; community policing. Version 3: All topics listed in Version 2; in addition, death notification, domestic terrorism, and cults.
Credit recommendation: 
Version 1, 2 or 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 7 semester hours in Criminal Justice, Behavioral Sciences, Applied Social Science, Applied Sociology, or Social Work (8/74) (4/85 revalidation) (1/91 revalidation) (5/96 revalidation) (5/01 revalidation). *NOTE: The content covered in this course was recommended for credit as two separate courses from December 1973 to May 1995. Please refer to the former individual course titles for further information.

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