Police others as you would want to be policed: The Emergence of Community-Police-Ministry Relations in the 21st Century

Fall 2016
M 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Area V
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

Last year over 150 million smart phones, all equipped with cameras and access to social media, were sold in the United States and as a result, police officers and police departments have been the subject of government, public and media scrutiny thanks to a large number of high profile, and usually race related police-public interactions. When this reality is combined with our society’s widespread use of social media such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Oovoo, Instagram and others, the result is that Community Policing in America is changing and the roles and responsibilities of police officers are being indelibly changed and redefined. Simultaneously, the roles and responsibilities of ‘Community’, particularly the community of faith’s role, in defining what good community policing is supposed to look like in a today’s world continues to develop. Policing in America is changing whether police officers and police departments like it or not and this course will explore not only the changes that are taking place within the framework of law enforcement but it will explore how the community is influencing the changing landscape of law enforcement and the significant role that the community and the clergy (those in Ministry) have in determining the direction of the change.

Background Expected: 

An open mind and a willingness to participate in real down-to-earth discussion about realities that affect the whole of society.

Course Requirements: 

Weekly reading of Chapters within selected relevant books, some articles and essays within a packet from TYCO or the Yale Divinity Book Store

Weekly participation and Discussion during class lecture,

Two (short) 3-5 Page response papers on selected readings or articles combined with class discussion.

One (midsize) final paper 7-10 pages

One (two-hour minimum- four-hour maximum) police ride along with a local police department (New Haven, West Haven, North Haven, Hamden, East Haven) with a 2 page summary of the experience; or a 2-page Interview of a Local Police Officer or Police Administrator on the Topic: How do you see Police-Community relations Changing and what Role if any does the clergy (ministry) play in that change.

Basis of Evaluation: 

Weekly Reading: 20%

Weekly Participation: 10%

Two Short Papers: 25%

One Midsize Final Paper: 25%

Two Page Ride along Summary or Law Enforcement Personnel Interview: 20%