3 scenarios in criminal justice that require the use of leadership skills. a) Explain the situation, conflict, or dispute b) Identify the characters involved c) Describe and justify the appropriate...

3 scenarios in criminal justice that require the use of leadership skills.

a) Explain the situation, conflict, or dispute

b) Identify the characters involved

c) Describe and justify the appropriate leadership skills required by the intervening CJ professional who seeks to resolve the matter with mutual advantage as an outcome
Each group will report out on their conclusions.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Leadership skills would be important in the assignment of certain types of cases to specific personnel within the department. If there is a domestic abuse case, there might be one officer who has more experience or has had better outcomes in those types of cases. Perhaps one of your officers or detectives is especially good at interrogation techniques. That is the officer who should be brought in to question the suspect who is not being all that cooperative. If one of the officer's has specialized training in death investigations, then that is the officer who should work on that case, no matter who else might want to be involved. Sometimes other officer's egos or feelings can be hurt in some of these scenarios, but the best outcome for the victim and the justice system is the ultimate goal.

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Both of the previously suggested scenarios are excellent.  Here's a suggestion that's a bit more mundane.

One of the most difficult tasks for any leader is determining the appropriate pay for persons of the same basic "rank." People are often very sensitive about their pay and are often very alert to any perception of favoritism or unfairness on the part of their leaders. A criminal justice professional would need to try to devise a system that would make people think that their salaries were being determined as objectively as possible, with very clear criteria involved.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I don't know if you have anything specific in mind, but the first situation that popped into my head is a crime scene. The officers on the scene need leadership skills to direct the traffic of the technicians, handle onlookers, communicate with the press, and soothe victims or family members if there are any.  That takes a lot of leadership skill!

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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How about a scenario where you are the chief of police and an officer or officers have been charged with systematic wrongdoing.  You have to figure out what stance to take.  You need to walk the line between alienating your officers by not supporting them and angering the public (and your civilian elected bosses) by being insensitive to public demands for police accountability.

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