Christopher C. Cooper

Christopher C. Cooper DR. Christopher C. Cooper is a New York City native, a former Washington D.C. (Metropolitan) Police Officer and United States Marine Sergeant (2nd Reconnaissance Battalion and Iraq War veteran).  Presently, he is a Civil Rights Attorney & Ph.D. based in Chicago. A 1987 Graduate of the City University of New York (John Jay College) Dispute Resolution Program, he is author of approximately 36 publications including books and peer-reviewed journal articles, most concerning Police Training, Use of Force and Conflict Resolution Processes.  In 2009, he was a Post Doctoral Fulbright at the University of Akureyri, Iceland in the Faculty of Law & Social Science. In 1996, he was awarded and served as a Post Doctoral Fulbright Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and did lecture and study Police Conflict Resolution Processes. Dr. Cooper has taught at police academies and was an enlisted instructor of Urban Combat at the U.S. Marine "Basic School", Quantico, VA.  He has been featured as a consultant on and by MSNBC, CNN, BBC, NPR, CBC and other media regarding Police Work and as representative of the National Black Police Association.   

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Articles and Video:

Replace TSA John Pistole? (03/06/11)
TSA screeners must have a toolbox full interpersonal conflict resolution skills. Their leader, Pistole, should lead by example. It seems to me that the best person to head the TSA is a seasoned street cop who knows the value of negotiation.

Civil Rights Claims & Unaffordable Arbitration: Lack Of Employee Access To Arbitration (07/19/10)
The decision by the New York Court of Appeals in Brady v. The Williams Capital Group, L.P., 2010 WL 1068163 (N.Y. Mar. 25, 2010) should cause us to note that some employer mandated arbitration agreements not only take away an employee’s right to sue the employer in court, but as well, impose arbitration costs\expenses on the employee.

Gates and Crowley: The Need For Mandatory Conflict Resolution Skills For Police Officers (08/03/09)
In the police academy, we spend hours and hours learning how to fire a gun and then have to go back to the gun range on a regular basis, but not one class or even one hour is spent crafting the best way to talk with citizens.

Mediation Training to Improve Police Social Interaction Skills (11/12/99)
Mediation training will provide the officer with skills to reduce the likelihood that a call-for-service/scene will escalate. These interpersonal social skills will help an officer interact with disputants in such a way that the situation does not become worse (e.g., violent) because of actions by the officer (i.e., via an officer's poor body language).