Write a 3-5 page paper titled “Conflict and Power” that explains how individual perceptions of power can create conflict situations between law enforcement and members of a community. Use the relational theory of power to explain how perceptions affect the ability to resolve conflict. Then, identify a conflict resolution strategy and predict the outcome.
Search the Internet to locate resources that address the dynamics of power and conflict (in particular, with relation to law enforcement), the relational theory of power, perceptions of power, and how things such as gender, culture, and ethnicity can affect that perception.
Competency 1: Identify variables within an organizational structure that can promote conflict.
Describe the factors that contribute to conflict between law enforcement and members of a community.
Competency 2: Apply theoretical perspectives on conflict.
Use the relational theory of power to explain how perceptions of power interfere with the ability to resolve conflict.
Competency 3: Apply appropriate strategies to reduce or resolve conflicts.
Identify conflict resolution strategies for law enforcement community conflicts.
Competency 4: Analyze the impact of conflict on relationship building in face-to-face, virtual, cyber, and group communication.
Explain how perceptions of power contribute to conflict situations.
Competency 5: Evaluate the outcome of proposed strategies of conflict resolution.
Determine the outcome of a conflict resolution strategy.