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Motivational Interviewing for Campus Police - Book Foreword

Any law enforcement officer who reads this book on “Motivational Interviewing” will find him/herself in a win-win situation.  The book is a quick read and will motivate the reader to peruse the material quickly in order to get to the end where there are examples to assist in the implementation of “Motivational Interviewing” (MI). Although the book is geared towards campus police officers the material and concept are beneficial to all law enforcement. If one considers the situation now involving law enforcement personnel and the public, an officer would be truly missing a chance to not only defuse a potential physical situation but also develop new and improved lines of communication with the public (albeit one at a time!) An officer can never have too many “sources of information” on the street and this book will help the officer in developing and maintaining those contacts. The public can/will develop an enhanced and positive image of law...

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HowMotivationalInterviewingFitsintoCampusPolicing

Officers are in a unique position to talk to students. First of all, officers in uniform possess a certain level of authority or “position of power” when talking to someone just by being in uniform. Secondly, when faced with a possible enforcement situation (i.e. an underage student found in possession of alcohol), that student’s motivation to change is very high. Before that contact with the officer, the student likely was not thinking about his drinking behavior or whether he should change that behavior. There’s something about coming in contact with an officer that will often trigger thoughts about a change in behavior. Funny how that works!

Imagine being pulled over for speeding. Regardless of whether you get a ticket or not, you will spend the next few minutes or days paying more attention to your speed. These change thoughts are triggered without any evoking or talking. You are prompted by an interaction with a person in uniform.

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