Serving Your Community

Course Code:

Credit Hours:
34 clock hours

Effective beginning:



Course Description:
This course is a component of the Florida Law Enforcement Academy. It is designed to train students to respond to the needs of the community and people in distress.

Course Details


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




Required textbooks/ course materials:

Florida Law Enforcement Academy Volume 1 © 2021 by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). All rights reserved. ISBN 13: ISBN 10: Published by XanEdu Publishing, Inc.  (Provided)


Assignment/course outline:

Unit 1: Interacting with Your Community

Lesson 1: Introduction to Responding to Your Community

Lesson 2: Serving Elderly People

Lesson 3: Serving Juveniles

Lesson 4: Serving Veterans

Lesson 5: Serving People Who Are Homeless

Lesson 6: Americans With Disabilities Act

Lesson 7: Serving People with Physical Impairments

Lesson 8: Serving People with Developmental Disabilities

Lesson 9: Serving People with Autism

Lesson 10: Serving People with Mental Illnesses

Unit 2: Responding to a Person in Crisis

Lesson 1: Crisis Situations

Lesson 2: The Baker Act

Lesson 3: Suicide Risk

Lesson 4: Substance Abuse

Lesson 5: The Marchman Act

Lesson 6: Transportation and Documentation

Unit 3: Identifying and Responding to High-Risk Groups

Lesson 1: Criminal Gangs

Lesson 2: Extremist Groups



Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Serving Your Community is an approved course by Florida Department of Law Enforcement for the purpose of Law Enforcement Certification.  See chart below.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Interact with an individual with physical, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, recognize the signs and symptoms specific to the disability, and provide the most appropriate intervention
  • Interact with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and identify associated behaviors
  • Interact with veterans in crisis, recognize potential emotional triggers, and recommend available resources
  • Interact with people who are homeless and identify related crimes
  • Identify a crisis situation and understand an officer’s duty to recognize and to respond to a crisis situation and to intervene safely and professionally
  • Interact with people 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 suspected of substance abuse, apply officer safety skills, and understand how to use the Marchman Act for an involuntary admission
  • Interact with a person threatening suicide, assess the risk of suicide, and provide services and stabilize the situation
  • Respond to people in crisis, including suicide incidents, threats from mental impairments, and situations involving alcohol or substance abuse

Demonstrate mastery of Law Enforcement knowledge and skills.

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

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

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

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

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



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Lecture
  • Role Play
  • Videos
  • Quizzes


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