Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
CJA 253
Course Title:
Critical Thinking for Police Leaders
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Course Description

Focuses on the role of critical thinking in police leadership and decision making. Covers a systems approach of the critical thinking process to be applied in a police setting from routine daily operations to critical incident management. Includes topics such as informed decision-making, strategic processes, incorporating agency policies and appropriate operational response. Prerequisites: CJA 252. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:1. Apply critical analysis to data and information to identify assumptions and determine validity of inferences in a police setting.2. Evaluate knowledge and proposed solutions/actions with a systems based approach or perspective and incorporate them within agency infrastructure.3. Integrate policy considerations, strategic goals, agency objectives, leadership principles into critical decisions modeling.4. Employ critical thinking and analysis within differing leadership styles to support agency/government collaborative processes.

Course Activities and Design

Activities may include but are not limited to:? Classroom lecture? Guest speakers? Films and videos? Role playing scenarios? Group discussions

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Methods of assessment may include the following: examinations, quizzes, reports, research papers, class participation, role playing feedback, oral presentations and group activities.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Knowledge managementThreat reviewStructured analytic techniquesAssessment of potential threats and disastersDissemination of collected informationSituational management