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An evidence-based approach to critical incident scenario development

Bryce Jenkins (Department of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada)
Tori Semple (Department of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada)
Craig Bennell (Department of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada)

Policing: An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

Article publication date: 11 November 2020

Issue publication date: 27 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

There has been an increasing emphasis on developing officers who can effectively make decisions in dynamic and stressful environments to manage volatile situations. The aim of this paper is to guide those seeking to optimize the limited resources dedicated to police training.

Design/methodology/approach

Drawing on research related to stress exposure training, principles of adult learning, the event-based approach to training and policing more broadly, the authors show how carefully crafted training scenarios can maximize the benefits of police training.

Findings

The authors’ review highlights various training principles that, if relied on, can result in scenarios that are likely to result in the development of flexible, sound decision-making skills when operating under stressful conditions. The paper concludes with an example of scenario development, which takes the reviewed principles into account.

Originality/value

The authors hope this discussion will be useful for police instructors and curriculum designers in making evidence-informed decisions when designing training scenarios.

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Citation

Jenkins, B., Semple, T. and Bennell, C. (2021), "An evidence-based approach to critical incident scenario development", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 44 No. 3, pp. 437-454. https://doi.org/10.1108/PIJPSM-02-2020-0017

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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