CRIJ 102 Introduction to Policing

This course studies police behavior in urban and rural areas with an emphasis on the police response to community change, attitudes, special interest groups, and minority relations.

Credits

3 Credits

CRIJ 102Introduction to Policing

Please note: This is not a course syllabus. A course syllabus is unique to a particular section of a course by instructor. This curriculum guide provides general information about a course.

I. General Information

Department

Social Science

II. Course Specification

Course Type

Program Requirement

Credit Hours Narrative

3 Credits

Semester Contact Hours Lecture

48

Grading Method

Letter grade

Repeatable

N

III. Catalog Course Description

This course studies police behavior in urban and rural areas with an emphasis on the police response to community change, attitudes, special interest groups, and minority relations.

IV. Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

Discuss the history and development of law enforcement. Explain how formal law enforcement agencies were created and developed. Explain the process of recruitment, selection, and training in law enforcement at the local, state, and federal level. Analyze the issues and problems faced by contemporary law enforcement agencies. Describe the structure and operation of American police organizations. Examine methods of problem solving and decision making in police organizations. Examine the Constitution and legal precedents that the daily operations of police organization in America. Analyze and discuss the types of police behavior, subculture, and stressors that impact the law enforcement mission. Define and explain police-community relations as an operational strategy. Explain how community policing strategies have impacted American policing. Explain how technological advancements have impacted American policing from both a positive and negative perspective.

V. Topical Outline (Course Content)

Police History Organizing Public Security in the United States Organizing the Police Department Becoming a Police Officer The Police Role and Police Discretion Police Culture, Personality, and Police Stress Minorities in Policing Police Ethics and Police Deviance Patrol Operations Investigations Police and Their Clients Community Policing Police and the Law Computers, Technology, and Criminalistics in Policing Homeland Security

VI. Delivery Methodologies

Required Assignments

Participation in classroom/online discussion Chapter readings and chapter review question(s)

Required Exams

Chapter Quizzes Unit Exams

Required Text

An Introduction to Policing, John S. Dempsey, (8th Cengage Learning)

Specific Course Activity Assignment or Assessment Requirements

Participation in classroom/online discussion Chapter readings and chapter review question(s) Chapter Quizzes Unit Exams