Hopefully Mattel will forgive me for using the Care bears as the working title for my theory, I am not sure if copyright infringement can be used against a theory, but it is better than someone using the Twinkie defense (1). There is a TV show called numbers that features an FBI agent, Don and his Brother, Charlie Epps. Charlie is a professor at CalSci and develops the Friendship Theory while helping solve crime. It was about me being isolated from my friends at the hands of a jealous ex boyfriend, and not being able to reach them. From this, I expended the idea abet stolen from Pay It Forward about the assignment given by the social studies teacher, Eugene Simonet, to put into action a plan that will change the world for the better. The boy, Trevor, calls his plan "pay it forward", which means the recipient of a favor does a favor for three others rather than paying it back. However, it needs to be a favor that the recipient cannot complete themselves. Trevor implements the plan himself, forming a branch of good deeds and networking a sort of angel tree of humanity. When it came to developing the actual theory itself it changed a little.
The idea was started out as tell a friend, tell a Care bear.. About getting information to people when your Iphone had been taken. Then it became about making the world a better place through action.
In 2019, I developed a training model based not on the TV Show Quantico, but the training town the FBI uses called Hogan's Alley. When I was 18, I wanted to be an FBI agent, but had a tattoo so I didn't apply. Later in college, I wanted to be and FBI Profiler after reading Books by John Douglas, Roy Hazelwood , Robert Ressler and Brent Turvey. The kind of work they did with serial killers I did with probationers. Not the same level of crime, but it is the time when the behaviors start to manifest. From time to time, my path would cross with the FBI, whether it be they were investigating a parent, or finding one of my kids. I had personal ties to the FBI, a boyfriend and a Special Agent that became a very good friend, Kathia Jackson. I applied to work for the FBI in 2015, after the Bureau after they found one of my juvenile probationers based on the work I had done. Not as an agent, but as a Victim Specialist. There was a paperwork snafu, and I never reapplied.
Chiefs get to go to the FBI National Academy. I wondered though, what if you took the FBI's idea for Hogan's Alley and used a town to teach First Responders how to do their job better, using the best of the best to train them to do it better. While you would need a headquartered town, it could be taught to agencies all over the world, in their town.
This project went from a small part of Pooler, Ga to my idea to take the settlement money from what was done and is being done to me, and make the world something better. Novel idea right?
This basic idea was based in Organizational Psychology. How do you fix broken departments? How can make changes so that they function better, integrate systems and even business to promote a safer community.
There have been a million off shoots from this very basic idea. Ideas on how to promote healthy work environments, alter shifts, hire good people and manage them in a functional way. The integration of services and systems all the way up to the judicial functions to reform government systems that don't function on their own.
Initially, the idea came as I was left in my car by my ex boyfriend's department and rather than assist me with even a dead car battery they thought destroying my life and sadly altering the careers of every First Responder in the state as well as the judicial circuit was a great idea.
I had for many years worked with systems that barely functioned to reduce crime, or investigate it properly and seen the issues they had if it involved driving two feet into a neighboring town. Dysfunctional at best. Having the working knowledge of these systems, and having watched them each fail to coordinate one simply witness, me and understanding protocols, and how they effect an organization, the thought occurred to me that, the answer was fairly simple..fix what was broken.
With each solution, came a way to incorporate some other aspect of training I already had. As a probation officer, I was trained by the best FTO a woman could ever ask for, Gus Markes, a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff. As a victim, I know how I expected to be treated, and how you can police with humanity.
Developed first for First Responders the idea of incorporating businesses into the working model came with a lot of ideas. If a community based program could work with businesses and First Responders why couldn't system based change be initiated using these ideas. There was even an idea to incorporate schools, and teach kids and adults based on a hands on Montessori Model.
Additionally it was about creating change that has a real human effect. Taking the Georgia Post training curriculum which was already on an 8th grade level, and changing it to train better officers, Even changes in the way they train. There is no better teacher than the real world. My FTO used to tell me all the time- "Nothing happens in real life like it does the textbook." Textbooks for training academies can not show you what is going on in the world, how to actually work with populations. They can tell you what you might see, what might happen and how it might happen, but it is different when you actually encounter it. So why are we still teaching people through textbooks? Text books are great for the fundamental theories behind things, but they teach you nothing about applying those principles.
So modification in training is the answer. Yes teach them the fundamental theories but teach them what that looks like in the real world. That doesn't mean sitting in a car while they handle a report, they were taught how to fill out that report, show them how to handle the call. Teach them the things that aren't in the manual, No where in the manual does it teach you how to deal with an officer death or a hysterical parent whose child is missing. No one can simulate that. Will they fumble, probably but you fumble if you have done it a million times because nothing is as real as when in a happens.
You can PT a person to death, but it is not ever going to teach them what it feels like when the adrenaline wears off and the reality sets in. It won't prepare them to have to grapple with the memories of a child's dead body. Somethings you have to walk them through when they happen. Almost 20 years later I still remember doing the death notification of a police officer, and holding his crying wife on the ground after she had clocked me. Even the Chaplin didn't see it coming. I still remember siting with her the next night after I had brought her groceries and toys for the kids because I had to make sure she was okay. There is no teacher for sitting in a restaurant, exhausted and trying to sort through the last four hours of non stop gut wrenching calls, hoping no one notices. We teach people how to survive when they are shot, but we don't teach them how to ask for help when they are not doing well, or how to talk to each other to make sure they don't go home and drink themselves to death, or stare at the wrong end of their firearm. We don't teach them that it is okay not to be okay after seeing the things that they see every day. We don't teach them that law and order and functional government systems can help lives.
Carebear Theory Part II will address more the relationship between Businesses and First Responders. Until then..
(1) The Twinkie defense is derived from the case of Dan White in 1979, which lead to the common usage of the phase of using an diminished capacity argument rooted in some noncausally linked product. There have been variations of this theory present from Affluenza, the Zoloft dense and so on.