Police Others as You Would Want to be Policed: The Changing Face of Community-Police-Ministry Relations in the 21st Century

Fall 2017
M 1:30-3:20pm
Area V
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

Last year, millions of smart phones were sold in the U.S. and increasingly, police officers equipped with Body Worn Cameras and Car Mounted Cameras 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. As policing in American changes the roles and responsibilities of the community must change; perhaps the greatest change should be seen in the community of faith’s role in defining and shaping exactly what ‘good community policing’ must look like in today’s world. 

This course will explore not only the changes that have taken place, more importantly it will explore the changes that are happening now within the framework of law enforcement; it will challenge the community and the clergy (those in ministry) with questions as to how they can be effective agents of change and significantly increase their power to influence the changing landscape of law enforcement and thereby determine what the face of Community-Police-Ministry Relations looks like in the 21st century and beyond.

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, etc.) 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%