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MJA695 Special Topics – Leadership in Dangerous Situations
In this problem based learning course, graduate students were presented with the problem of preparing police first line leaders to lead in dangerous situations. The students were tasked with determining what they needed to learn to create training that would enable police first line leaders to lead in dangerous situations. The students chose to study the Apex, North Carolina chemical fire. This involved reading various studies of the response to the chemical fire by emergency responders, interviewing the Apex Fire and Police Chiefs, and a tour of the sites and geographical area impacted by the incident. The students created self-paced online instruction in leading in dangerous situations and a multi-media tabletop exercise based on the incident. Eight police first line leaders completed the online instruction and then participated in the tabletop exercise which was conducted in the Apex Police Department training room.