This course shows law enforcement students from any discipline how to properly prepare for and respond to emergencies using Social Media. Students will be able to apply that information directly to their respective organization’s decision-making processes during critical incidents. The course is 16 hours (two days) in length and has four sections of content, or modules. Each module focuses on a different aspect of the overall course goal, including: cyber-monitoring, emergency management and information policy, design and implementation of information systems and training techniques for law enforcement.
Each module is supplemented by two distinct components. The first component is legal application, where students will analyze law enforcement’s use of intelligence and information during emergencies in a legal context – including a review of current case law and changing legislation. The next component, critical thinking, will help students to not only perform at a higher level, it will help them keep up with the dynamic nature of emergency-centric real-time intelligence and the constantly evolving Internet. Additionally, this type of thinking will help students conduct in-depth preparation for sudden-onset events.
An experiential and task-oriented approach will be used for delivering course ideas and concepts. Students will actively monitor events, develop policy, design intelligence systems and teach fellow students. Students will leave the course with work-ready experience, tools and job aids. In addition to participating in hands-on reality-based activities, students will also examine the repercussions of those activities, post-emergency, while thinking about them in a metacognitive fashion. These experiences and behavioral outcomes will help students carry the course content from use in the classroom directly to use in their real-world duties.