Professional Practice Journal

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Running head: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE JOURNAL 1 Professional Practice Journal Rian Thiele Concordia - Saint Paul Tactical Problem Solving CJU-420 David Axt July 14, 2011
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Professional Practice Journal As a law enforcement officer, I find myself dealing with problems on a routine basis. Some of these problems can be simple such as resolving a neighbor dispute over straightforward things such as barking dog complaints. Other problems can be more complex such as trying to arrest and prosecute a burglar with no physical evidence left behind at the scene. Prior to taking this course, I had no idea that there was a book out there that analyzes problem solving to the extent of The Thinker’s Tool Kit . The Thinker’s Tool Kit has introduced me to several new concepts that will increase my future decision making abilities when working with fellow coworkers, as well as the community. The concepts learned will be another tool that I can use when evaluating problems as they arise. Application of My Learning One of the key concepts I have learned in this course is how much mental short cuts are used nearly every day when making prompt decisions as a police officer. According to Jones (1998), a mental short cut is something we are not aware of such as the example the reading gave of diving to catch a light bulb that someone throws to us. The dive is simply our reaction to the problem. For example as a police officer, if a suspect decides to flee, my immediate reaction would be to pursue. As stated by Jones (1998), mental shortcuts are what make people professionals in their profession. I can recall a specific mental short cut example of when I was on patrol and was dispatched to the parking lot of a local fitness facility for a report of someone who had fell in the parking lot and appeared to be seizing. Upon arrival, my mental short cut was to first check to see if the person was breathing, and he was not. The next step was to check to see if there was an airway obstruction and there was not. The next step was to administer
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CPR. After several minutes of CPR and several shocks with the AED, this person ultimately came back to life and is still living today and has since been the father of two twin girls. Cause and effect is another key concept I learned from class readings.
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