Police professionals often are called to the scenes of disturbances and situations where they must intervene in a way that is both professional and effective. Many times these events occur in the context of the macro community, or large groups that contain smaller communities of individuals (e.g., a city contains neighborhoods, which may be comprised of even smaller divisions of people based on ethnicity, education, or sport affiliations). It may seem contradictory, and even confusing, to adhere to multiple sets of rules for different groups of “communities” all at the same time—especially when some micro communities are not tied to geographic or physical parameters—but individuals do it seamlessly every day. Police professionals and forensic psychology professionals must be aware of and adhere to the rules of both micro and macro communities. In addition, they must also be aware of the influence that their interventions in a micro community may have on the macro community, and vice versa.
Macro communities can be explained as large groups or collectives of individuals, organizations, or institutions connected by the same cultural and social norms, and interpersonal rules. Situations that occur in these macro communities can vary between major disturbances, minor situations, and events that require minimal assistance. In any of these cases, a forensic psychology professional can provide valuable assistance to police professionals through the area of research or practice.
Forensic psychology professionals can function in different roles and work closely with police professionals by advising them in their communication and interaction with macro communities, or they can actually provide direct services to the community or the police professionals and organizations. If a forensic psychology professional decides to focus research in the area of macro communities, he or she can be involved in a host of scholarly pursuits to educate and assist police professionals. Basic observations of the norms, values, languages, and interactional styles that exist within a particular macro community is one example of how forensic psychology professionals can contribute to interactions with the macro community. At the minimum, forensic psychology professionals can observe the environment, record variables of interest, and even conduct survey research to understand specific variables that may help police professionals in their interactions with macro communities. Whatever the role a forensic psychology professional performs, the information or contribution to police professionals’ interaction with a given macro community has an impact, from improving communication to providing research that can help close a criminal case.
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With these thoughts in mind:
Post a brief description of an event/situation that has affected a macro community. Analyze the roles and/or skills that a forensic psychology professional could have provided the police professionals involved in your example, as well as an evaluation of the positive impact of these roles and/or skills. Be specific and support your analysis with references to the Learning Resources.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.
Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.
Respond to at least one of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:
• Ask a probing question.
• Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.
• Offer and support an opinion.
• Validate an idea with your own experience.
• Make a suggestion.
• Expand on your colleague’s posting.
Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.
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