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Spring 2019

Criminal Justice Courses:

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CRJ112 - Police

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Studies factors which influence and shape the delivery of police services in American communities. Analyzes contemporary issues including styles of policing, police role, expectations and conflict, career concepts and professionalism, community participation and accountability. Teaches students how to evaluate their impact on police services in a given community. Prerequisite: CRJ101.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1.Explain the evolution and role of public policing as an institution of social control.
2.Define crime, identify its causes and consequences and explain the role police play in addressing crime as a social problem.
3.Describe how the police attempt to achieve social control using methods of law enforcement, social service and order maintenance.
4.Describe the culture, perspectives, attitudes, styles and ethics specific to law enforcement and analyze the impact of each on the individual officer and the public.
5.Identify various criminal and procedural laws applicable to law enforcement and explain their regulatory role in law enforcement policy and procedure.
6.Explain the organizational structure and operational functions of the typical police department.
7.Analyze contemporary issues, concerns and future challenges of policing and describe and present various strategies employed by law enforcement to address these concerns.*
8.Demonstrate communication skills that are appropriate to the policing field by communicating information orally and in an effective manner and presenting written information employing proper grammar, spelling and structure.


* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.


Content Outline:
I. Policing: Historical Perspective

II. Police Organization

III. Police: Recruitment, Selection and Training

IV. Police Role and Discretion

V. The Police Culture

VI. Police Operations

VII. Community Relations and Community Policing

VIII. Legal Aspects of Policing

IX. Police Ethics

X. Police Deviance

XI. Women and Minorities in Policing

XII. Technology

XIII. Police Issues and Concerns

XIV. The Future of Policing

Effective Term: Spring 2016