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Police agencies strive to project a professional image by hiring highly-educated and well-trained officers. However, in an article published by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, policing is described as lagging behind other ‘helping professions’ (including nursing, health, teaching, social work and psychology) in achieving this goal. These careers tend to have entry-level requirements...
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The 2013 Boston Marathon will be forever etched into our memories. Two Improvised Explosive Devices were detonated at the finish line causing three deaths and over 180 injuries. The explosion is a reminder to all of how vulnerable we are to cowardly acts of violence. From the initial response by first responders to the crisis...
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Occupational Therapist speaking with a patient in a wheelchair
Occupational therapy (OT) attracts individuals that possess natural leadership potential demonstrated in their daily roles, habits and engagement with others. Regardless of the setting, occupational therapists are optimizers, bringing leadership skills to life through their interactions, structuring of the environment and commitment to helping individuals participate in daily life. Such is the case in my...
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There are many factors that come into play when making the decision to enter police work. First, there is job security. Second, people choose to become police officers to help people and “fight crime.” Some people think policing will lead to a life of excitement and a prestigious place in the community.
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I am often asked by my students why they have to take the course entitled Applied Criminal Justice Analysis, which is a statistics course that I have taught at EKU for the past 16 years. I usually provide general explanations, such as how we are all consumers of research and it is necessary to be...
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What are employers looking for in potential employees? Bill Coplin’s book, 10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College, identifies ten specific skills employers value. Read on and learn how a Psychology degree can help you become a more competitive applicant for just about any job.
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During the first meeting of a research methods or criminal justice analysis class, I always ask the students about their preliminary impressions of the course and its relation to the field. Over the years, the response for many students is consistent: “I am going to be a police officer and knowing about research and data...
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Police officers should care about civil rights for both pragmatic and ethical reasons. As practical matters, a violation of a suspected perpetrator's civil rights can invalidate the arrest and/or cause the case to be dismissed when it gets to court, regardless of other merit. Routine disrespect of the civil rights of community residents—arbitrary stop-and-frisks, profiling,...
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Not all questions have perfect answers – not all choices have perfect outcomes. In a democratic society, the questions police officers face on a daily, if not hourly basis, do not have perfect answers – their choices have unintended consequences. All decisions have real and potentially life changing consequences for the officer and the citizen....
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Many police officers typically view themselves as crime fighters or crook catchers and the media tends to portray policing in the same fashion. As a consequence, many people seeking careers in law enforcement do so because of the “exciting” connotation surrounding police work. But how accurate is this view of policing? How much actual crime...
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