Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Community Crisis Issues

 Title Abbreviation:   COMMUNITY CRISIS ISSUES

 Department:    CJ

 Course #:    235

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    430103

 EPC:    832

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Covers the applicable methods, preparation and considerations of crisis intervention for the patrol officer. Explores rural, suburban and urban patrol options, field assessment, knowledge of local resources and the importance of following policy and procedures in the patrol officer´┐Żs role. Examines typical responses and the general options of problem-solving situations that face the police.


Prerequisite: Department chair approval.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Supplementary Elective  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Be knowledgeable of the history of patrol. Articulate the different types of patrol, and the pros and cons of each.
  2. Know the difference between an unknown risk contact and a known (high) risk contact.
  3. Show understanding that some types of patrol are more effective when dealing with particular cultural issues, barriers, neighborhoods or crime driven by ethnicity.
  4. Conduct a shift check and prepare a police patrol vehicle prior to and after patrol.
  5. Understand the role played by police dispatchers and their importance to patrol officers.
  6. Recite the law enforcement alphabet for purposes of radio communication. Position a patrol vehicle effectively on an unknown risk traffic stop.
  7. Be cognizant of various policies related to vehicle pursuits and use of force options.
  8. Understand appropriate general patrol responses to domestic violence, assaults, citizen complaints, collision investigation, and other routine calls for service.
  9. Know the roles of the contact officer and the cover officer in two-officer stops and contacts.
  10. Examine police response to domestic and family violence, emotionally disturbed persons, death or dying, and persons under the influence or affected by intoxicants and/or drugs.
  11. Learn techniques for delivery of death and emergency notifications, and how to critically analyze individual and family needs during such events.
  12. Inventory their local and regional agencies that provide support services.
  13. Discuss intervention issues that carry implications of cultural pluralism and sensitivity.
  14. Employ critical thinking in problem-solving when dealing with youthful and elderly victims and offenders.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. History and types of patrol. Risk contacts, cultural issues, barriers, neighborhood ethnicity.
  2. Shift check and role played by police dispatchers. Law enforcement alphabet/radio communication.
  3. Policies related to vehicle pursuits. General patrol responses to routine calls of service.
  4. Positioning a patrol vehicle in different circumstances. Roles of a contact officer and the cover officer.
  5. Primary delivery system will be through Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission curriculum provided as learning modules to guide officers in the following:
    • Response to issues domestic and family violence; Emotionally disturbed persons;
    • Death notifications; and
    • Persons addicted, under the influence or affected by intoxicants and/or drugs.
  6. Development of a law enforcement-appropriate inventory of state, regional, and local service agencies.
  7. Involvement of guest presenters and panelists with a wide variety of subject matter expertise.