For best results when utilizing these materials, it is important that teachers feel comfortable about the use of outside resource people, the practices of interactive methodology, and the methods for handling controversial issues in the classroom. The following provides a brief review of these approaches.
Core Program Lessons
In this role-play simulation activity, students are divided into small groups with one group assuming the role of police officers, the rest of citizens. Real police officers serve as resource people and coach students taking the role of police officers to handling typical calls for assistance.
This is the first lesson of a two-day lesson sequence and introduces students to issues of crime and safety. Students, working in small groups as the “Mayor’s Task Force” whose mission is to decide how best to spend $150,000 to reduce crime.
This is the second day of a two-part lesson sequence. Each student group presents to the class its plan for using $150,000.
Students participate in the planning and implementation of a civic action project to improve public-safety and improve relations with police.
In this first lesson of a two-lesson sequence, students examine the role and function of the police in the historical setting of Tough Town, a western settlement of the mid-1800s, and explore the developmental stages of law-enforcement organization. . .
This is the second day of a two-part lesson in which students learn how Tough Town grew first to Big City and then to Modern City and faced such 20th-century challenges to law enforcement as adequacy of resources and effective community relations.
In this lesson, students learn about the law pertaining to levels of force that police may use in making an arrest or confronting suspects in the field.
In this lesson, students learn about the law of arrest and search and seizure.
The Miranda Rule
Students learn about the history and case law relating to the Miranda warnings in this lesson.
In this lesson, students analyze and evaluate police procedures by taking the role of police commissioners.
Policing the Police
In this lesson, students learn about internal methods used to investigate and correct police misconduct.