Cops & Kids: Working Together for Peace on the Streets is designed to:
- Build positive relations between young people and law enforcement officers;
- Help students gain a better understanding of the scope and limits of police authority and police procedures; and
- To engage students in proactively improving public safety in their schools and communities by doing a civic action project.
Core Program Lessons
This simulation activity launches the Cops & Kids program, opening lines of communication and understanding between officers and students. Students take the roles of citizens needing the police, and of officers responding to the calls. Sworn officers serve as coaches for the junior officers, helping them use appropriate procedures and addressing the challenges they encounter.
Crime-Free Schools (Day One)
This first lesson of a two-day sequence introduces students to issues of crime and safety. Students work in small groups as the “Mayor’s Task Force” whose mission is to decide how best to spend $150,000 to improve school safety.
Crime-Free Schools (Day Two)
This is the second day of a two-part lesson sequence. Each student group presents to the class its plan for using $150,000.
Students engage in a civic action project to improve public safety in their school or community.
In this first lesson of a two-lesson sequence, students examine the role and function of the police in a western settlement of the mid-1800s, and explore the developmental stages of law-enforcement.
This is the second of a two-part lesson in which students learn how the mid-1800s settlement grew first to Big City and then to Modern City and faced such challenges to law enforcement as adequacy of resources and effective community relations.
In this lesson, students learn about the laws pertaining to levels of force that police may use in making an arrest or confronting suspects in the field.
In this lesson, students learn about the law of arrest and search and seizure.
Students learn about the history and case law relating to the Miranda warnings in this lesson.
In this lesson, students analyze and evaluate police procedures by taking the role of police commissioners.
In this lesson, students learn about internal methods used to investigate and correct police misconduct.
Role Play Activities
Role-playing is a central feature of the Cops & Kids Police Patrol activity, which allows students to experience some of the daily challenges of being a police officer and also share a realistic portrayal of attitudes towards law enforcement in their community. The following activities are designed to help students learn and practice role-playing prior to completing Police Patrol with real officers.
In this activity, students practice role-playing by assuming the tone, posture, and attitudes of three types of personal status. . .
A discussion and team challenge activity to help students understand the right to privacy (4th Amendment). . .