This is a program focusing on the principles and techniques for dealing with police emergencies such as hostage situations, bomb threats, barricades, and terrorist incidents.
Includes instruction in crisis management, command procedures, incident containment, information collection and debriefing, first responder negotiation, victim and criminal psychology, site survey and surveillance, special weapons and tactics, interagency communications and joint operations, pre-confrontation and contingency planning, assault and rescue operations, security and crowd control, media relations, and post-operation procedures.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Critical Incident Response/Special Police Operations (use the College Search feature and enter "critical incident" in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Critical Incident Response/Special Police Operations Major?
This major will prepare you to address and deal with extreme events that fall outside of the normal experience range.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Critical Incident Response/Special Police Operations Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts
- Fraternal Order of Police
- National Association of Police Organizations
- American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens
- American Association of Code Enforcement
Publications/Magazines in Critical Incident Response/Special Police Operations