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NCJ Number: 44621 Find in a Library
Title: DRUG OVERDOSE POLICE INTERVENTION TRAINING - DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF THREE DIFFERENT TRAINING METHODS
Journal: JOURNAL OF POLICE SCIENCE AND ADMINISTRATION  Volume:5  Issue:4  Dated:(DECEMBER 1977)  Pages:474-483
Author(s): G D MAY; D L RARICK
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
Alexandria, VA 22314
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: VIDEOTAPED AND LIVE ROLE-PLAY PRESENTATIONS ARE ASSESSED AS METHODS OF TRAINING POLICE TO USE INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN THE HANDLING OF DRUG OVERDOSE SITUATIONS.
Abstract: SEVENTY-FIVE POLICE OFFICERS FROM FIVE SUBURBAN POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., PARTICIPATED IN A TRAINING AND EVALUATION PROGRAM SET UP AS AN INSERVICE DRUG CRISIS INTERVENTION SEMINAR. FORTY-THREE OF THE OFFICERS WERE ASSIGNED TO TRAINING SITUATIONS; THIRTY-TWO SERVED AS CONTROLS. ALL OFFICERS IN THE TRAINING GROUPS TOOK A PRETEST; READ AN INTRODUCTORY HANDOUT ON DRUG OVERDOSE; VIEWED FIVE ROLE PLAYS DEPICTING POLICE INTERVENTION IN DRUG SITUATIONS INVOLVING OVERDOSES OF MARIJUANA, BARBITURATES, LSD, AMPHETAMINES, OR GLUE; PARTICIPATED IN A CLASS DISCUSSION; AND TOOK A POSTTEST. ONE GROUP SAW THE ROLE PLAYS LIVE, ONE SAW THEM ON AN UNINTERRUPTED VIDEOTAPE, AND THE THIRD SAW THEM ON A SEGMENTED VIDEOTAPE, WITH CLASS DISCUSSIONS INTERSPERSED WITH THE ROLE PLAYS. CONTROLS TOOK THE PRETEST AND POSTTEST BUT DID NOT READ THE HANDOUT OR VIEW THE TAPES. BOTH LIVE AND VIODEOTAPED ROLE PLAYS WERE EFFECTIVE IN INCREASING KNOWLEDGE ABOUT TREATMENT OF DRUG OVERDOSE SITUATIONS AND IN CHANGING POLICE ATTITUDES TOWARD DRUG USERS. THE SEGMENTED VIDEOTAPE APPROACH PROVED MOST EFFECTIVE. SUPPORTING DATA ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Crisis intervention training; Drug information; Effective communications training; First aid training; Minnesota; Police crisis intervention; Police in-service training
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