Human Relations and Police Work

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2002-04-01
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Section I Police and the Community 1(30)
Cases Involving Police and the Community
The Room at the End of the Hall
A police officer is faced with a possible sexual assault at a fraternity house
Hot Dog
A rookie police officer abuses his newfound authority by throwing his weight around the community
Park Place
A police officer from a lower-income neighborhood discovers a more lenient law-enforcement standard in the affluent neighborhood to which he is transferred
Liberty and Justic for All
A police officer is transferred from an upper-class patrol zone to a low-income inner-city patrol zone
No Espanol
A police officer has difficulty communicating with non-English speaking individuals
Community Policing: Network or Nightmare?
A lieutenant in charge of a community police center is faced with changing department attitudes from a traditional police perspective to a community awareness perspective
Officer Friendly---Unfriendly Neighborhood
A police-community relations officer attempts to describe ``neighborhood watch'' programs to residents of an older neighborhood who are for the most part senior citizens
Hate Crimes
A state trooper suspects that the local sheriff's department may have been involved in a racially motivated assault
Section II Family and Crisis Intervention 31(30)
Cases Involving Family and Crisis Intervention
Christmas Eve
A police officer responds to a routine family distrubance call on Christmas Eve
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
A deputy sheriff finds himself in the middle of a family crisis while attempting to serve a court order
Police Officer or Social Worker?
A married couple with three children living in a housing project is suffering from the stresses of poverty
Different Choices, Equal Protection?
Two police officers respond to a domestic violence call involving two gay men
Honor Thy Father and Mother
A police officer and a social worker must decide how to handle a situation involving elderly abuse
The Color of a Living Room
An explosive family situation creates a crisis when a woman attacks an intervening police officer
Public Duty or Brotherhood?
A police officer receives a call concerning a disturbance at a fellow officer's home
Double Bind
A police officer who answers a domestic disturbance call discovers that the wife involved is also the girlfriend of his divorced partner
Section III The Police and Juveniles 61(28)
Cases Involving Juveniles
``I Sorry, Officer''
A police officer catches a seven-year-old boy stealing items from cars in a parking lot
Neighborhood Brat
A juvenile bureau officer is faced with parent problems when he attempts to deal with a young boy causing trouble in the neighborhood
Boy with a Gun
A police officer is faced with arresting a 15-year-old boy for possession of an antique firearm on school grounds
A police sergeant is faced with curbing the number of teenage cruisers creating havoc in a shopping center parking lot
Right Side of the Tracks---Wrong Side of the Law
A group of upper-middle-class teenagers (including a senator's son) are involved in small-time drug sales and vandalism
Homegrown Terrorism
A police officer has a difficult time getting the parents of two teenage boys to understand the seriousness of the boys' assault on an elderly Arabic man
A Loving Father?
A criminal investigator must investigate two young girls' accusations of incest by their father
Welcome Home?
A state trooper who picks up two juvenile girls on an interstate highway suspects that the girls ran away because their parents have abused them
Section IV The Police and the Emotionally Distressed 89(28)
Cases Involving the Emotionally Distressed
A Victim of Rape?
A police officer investigates the allged rape of a young woman
Police Psychologist
Two police officers must take a mentally incompetent young man into custody
``I Did It''
A police detective realizes that everyone who confesses to a crime may not have committed the crime
A Christmas Wish
A police officer is faced with a homeless person who refuses to seek shelter on a dangerously cold Christmas Eve
Prominent Deviance
A police officer apprehends a prominent citizen committing a sexually deviant act
The Chase
Deciding what to do with an intoxicated driver can sometimes cause a negative reflection on the investigating police officer
No Job and No Hope
A police officer is faced with a highly emotional individual threatening to commit suicide
Suicide by Cop
A Hispanic Internal Affairs officer must write a racially sensitive and fair report about a white police officer who fatally shot a depressed African-American male, who may have deliberately caused his own death by brandishing a weapon that turned out to be a toy gun
Section V Police Stress 117(32)
Cases Involving Police Stress
A police officer is faced with two decision-making situations at the same time
Eviction Notice
A police officer is forced to serve an eviction notice on an elderly couple
A Trained Machine
An officer is faced with an internal affairs investigation regarding a shooting incident
Family or Job?
A police officer finds that there is not enough ``off-duty'' time in police work
Civil Liability
A police officer must decide if the fear of litigation will impede his performance as an officer of the law
The School of Hard Knocks
A police officer assigned to a high school that has been traumatized by a school shooting incident discovers that her fellow officers are less than enthusiastic about coming up with a plan to help those involved recover from the tragedy
To Protect and Serve
A rookie realizes that becoming a police officer has unusual effects on former friends
Off Duty or Off Limits?
An off-duty officer is drawn into an uncomfortable situation while drinking in a neighborhood bar whose owner, a former cop, needs assistance with some unruly customers
Section VI Police Ethics 149(30)
Cases Involving Police Ethics
Fringe Benefits
A rookie police officer finds many unsuspected benefits to being a police officer
Corrupt Community---Corrupt Police
A newly elected sheriff is faced with making a decision between enforcing the law in his county or bowing to the political pressures and desires of the community
Super Cop
One of the best police officers in the department is using unethical techniques to solve crimes
Drop Gun
A police officer questions his partner about the use of a ``drop gun'' in a shooting incident
Employment or Ethics?
While stopping a young man for drunken driving, the arresting officer recognizes him as being the mayor's son
Constitutional Rights
A police detective finds that not every suspect ``gets their rights.''
Sexual Harassment
A rookie police officer is being sexually harassed by a commanding officer
The Transmission of Justice
A police officer who helped a businessman's son gain pretrial diversion accepts the father's offer to repair his vehicle free of charge, but now he feels uncomfortably obligated when the son again runs afoul of the law
Section VII Police Administration and Supervision 179(29)
Cases Involving Police Administration and Supervision
Mrs. James Thorton, III
A small-town police chief is faced with a member of the city council making improper demands
Good Officer---Poor Commander
A police lieutenant has been promoted to patrol shift commander and has trouble being an effective leader
Burned-Out in Blue
A police lieutenant is faced with gaining accreditation for his department, the officers of which are suffering from severe police stress
Chain of Command
An assistant chief of police is frustrated when the chief overrides several of his decisions
A newly appointed chief finds himself having to be an administrator rather than just one of the officers
Minority Recruitment
A police chief must find a way to recruit minority police applicants for his department
An Out-of-Shape Department
A city council complains to the chief of police that his officers are overweight and out-of-shape
Blue Flu
A police chief is faced with a work slowdown and possible strike due to a governmental failure to produce a promised pay increase

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