ERIC Number: ED078247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
Police Training in Family Crisis Intervention. Final Report.
Louisville Univ., KY. Dept. of Psychology.
A program of family crisis intervention training for police officers was conducted, and the effectiveness of the officers' use of such techniques was evaluated. Twelve police officers were given five to six hours training, five days a week, for five weeks. Training consisted of lectures, films and readings, simulated family crisis interventions, video tape replay sessions, observed field interventions followed by feedback sessions, classroom and field contact with area service agency personnel, and group conferences. During the first three months of precinct work following training, officers returned periodically for case conferences. The data collected at the beginning of and during a five-month evaluation were: (1) a course evaluation; (2) a structured telephone interview with citizens, comparing trained and untrained officers; (3) an opinion questionnaire given trained officers four months into the project; and (4) demographic and descriptive information of interventions made by trained officers. Questionnaire data showed enthusiastic acceptance of the project by policy officers and appreciation of the techniques given them. Interview data showed that citizens were much more satisfied with the way trained officers dealt with them than they were with treatment from untrained officers. Demographic and descriptive data were used to develop background on the nature of family conflict and interpersonal aggression. (Author/KM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Louisville Div. of Police, KY.
Authoring Institution: Louisville Univ., KY. Dept. of Psychology.