Interactions in a Diverse Community

Course Code:

Credit Hours:
40 clock hours

Effective beginning:



Course Description:
This course is a component of the Law Enforcement Florida CMS Basic Recruit Academy. It is designed to enhance student awareness and understanding of human diversity issues and to teach students skills to enable them to effectively interact with people of diverse backgrounds. This course includes classroom instruction and scenario-based training exercises.


Course Details


This course is open only to students admitted to the Law Enforcement Florida CMS Basic Recruit Academy.





Required textbooks/ course materials:

No textbook or course materials are required to purchase for this course.

Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training, Volume 1 Author: Florida Department Of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Standards And Training Commission Publisher: Xanedu (provided)



Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

CJK 0013V, Interactions in a Diverse Community, is an approved course by Florida Department of Law Enforcement for the purpose of Law Enforcement Certification.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Communicate effectively and professionally when interacting with people in a variety of circumstances.

Interact with an individual with physical or developmental disabilities, recognize the signs and symptoms specific to the disability, and provide the most appropriate intervention.

Interact with veterans in crisis, recognize potential emotional triggers, and recommend available resources.

Interact with persons exhibiting signs of mental illness using communications skills appropriate for the condition of the individual, and understand how to use the Baker Act for an involuntary examination.

Interact with a person threatening suicide, assess the risk of suicide, and provide services and stabilize the situation.

Interact with juveniles, assess their behavioral characteristics, and provide the most appropriate response to a call involving a juvenile.

Interact with a person suspected of substance abuse, apply officer safety skills, and understand how to use the Marchman Act for an involuntary admission.

Interact with an elderly individual, understand age-related conditions, and make referrals for appropriate intervention.

Interact with homeless individuals, understand the increasing occurrence of homelessness, and identify related crimes.

Identify a crisis situation, recognize an officer’s duty to recognize, respond and intervene safely and professionally and understand the options available to the officer, and provide the most appropriate intervention.

Identify high risk groups by the group’s characteristics and ideology and document criminal or suspected criminal activity.

LAW-EN Outcome 1:

Demonstrate mastery of Law Enforcement knowledge and skills.

LAW-EN Outcome 2:

Demonstrate safety skills appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement work setting.

LAW-EN Outcome 3: 

Apply critical thinking and problem solving proficiency as appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement work setting.

LAW-EN Outcome 4:

Demonstrate team building, interpersonal, and ethical skills as appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement work setting.

LAW-EN Outcome 5:

Demonstrate leadership, organizational, and professional skills appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement workplace.

LAW-EN Outcome 6:

Demonstrate skills required for state certification and employment as a law enforcement officer.



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Lecture is the primary method of instruction. Students are expected to be attentive and are encouraged to ask questions. Lectures will come primarily from the textbook in formats that may include power point presentations, white board illustrations, videos, and web-based technologies and student discussion on specific topics.


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