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NCJ Number: 68715 Find in a Library
Title: ESCALATION - A PEOPLE'S GAME OF POWER
Author(s): B BLUM; A COHEN; G CORMICK; F HOBBY; M KOHN
Corporate Author: Washington University
Social Science Institute
Community Crisis Intervention Project
United States of America
Editor(s): J LAVE; M SIMOKAITIS
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 35
Sponsoring Agency: Washington University
St Louis, MO 63130
Sale Source: Washington University
Social Science Institute
Community Crisis Intervention Project
Box 1202
St Louis, MO 63130
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A SIMULATION AND ROLE-PLAYING GAME, DEVISED FOR TRAINING PURPOSES, IS DESCRIBED AND CONCEPTUALIZED AS TEACHING THE DISPUTING PARTIES IN A POLICE-COMMUNITY CONFLICT SITUATION HOW TO PREVENT AN ESCALATION OF VIOLENCE.
Abstract: DESIGNED BY A PRIVATE COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP AND INTENDED FOR CITIZEN GROUPS ATTEMPTING TO CHANGE THEIR POLICE DEPARTMENT, AS WELL AS STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS WHO COME INTO CONTACT WITH POLICE AS A RESULT OF PROTEST OR OTHER CONFRONTATION TACTICS, THIS GAME IS ALSO SAID TO BE USEFUL FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL FOR TRAINING PROGRAMS AND FOR SETTING DEPARTMENT POLICIES. THIS GAME USES ROLE PLAYING AND A SAMPLE SCENARIO, INVOLVING AN OCCURRENCE IN WHICH THE POLICE ARE PORTRAYED AS USING EXCESSIVE FORCE AND SHOOTING THE WRONG MAN, WITH COMPLEX INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO DEVELOP STRATEGIES TO ENFORCE COMMUNITY DEMANDS ON THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WITHOUT RESORTING TO VIOLENT ESCALATION. A LIST OF MATERIALS FOR THIS PEOPLE'S POWER GAME (IN WHICH THE PRINCIPAL PLAYERS ARE POLICE OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY ALLEGEDLY VICTIMIZED BY THE POLICE) INCLUDE THE SCENARIO, DEMAND LIST, TALLY SHEET, ACTION CARDS, ESCALATION CARDS, CONFLICT RESOLUTION CARDS, AND BARGAINING SHEETS. THE GAME IS ASSUMED TO BE COMPLETED WHEN ALL THE COMMUNITY'S DEMANDS HAVE BEEN EITHER WON, LOST, OR COMPROMISED.
Index Term(s): Confrontation tactics; Crisis intervention; Crowd behavior; Police community relations; Police human relations training; Role playing; Simulation
Note: COMMUNITY CRISIS PAMPHLET SERIES
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