Watch the following videos in their entirety and answer the critical thinking questions below.
Callie Rennison - Polices' Roles with Victims
Q1: Dr. Rennison argues that treating victims well aids in reducing future offending and future victimization. Discuss this correlation and its possible impact.
Q2: What are other benefits (in addition to those mentioned by Dr. Rennison) to treating victims with dignity?
Mary Dodge - Women on SWAT
Q1: In Dr. Dodge’s discussion of women on SWAT and gender equality, is it a requirement that there be an equal number of men and women for gender equality to exist?
Q2: What do men bring to SWAT? What do women bring to SWAT?
Mary Dodge: Crime Theory
Q1: “Broken windows” theory is one of the most widely known theories beyond the criminal justice field. Do you think the weight given to this theory is warranted? Does its application work?
Q2: Dr. Dodge states, “Crime happens in certain places.” By concentrating law enforcement efforts in certain communities, how can this have adverse affects on that community? Does it enable crime to flourish elsewhere or even ignore crime in other communities?
Q3: Dr. Dodge discusses measures homeowners can take to make their homes less likely to be targeted by criminals. Do these types of actions feed the cycle of fear and crime? Further, how can we move beyond acting on a “symptomatic” level versus addressing more of the root issues? For example, encouraging communities to build relationships of trust in which citizens can support one another and look out for one another instead of building up more and more defenses that support a culture of “us v. them.”
Callie Rennison - Ride-Alongs