This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of policing in the United States. It offers the foundations of policing, from police roles to the issues that police officers are facing today.
Discuss the "firsts" and future of women in policing.
Identify obstacles and barriers for female police officers.
Examine the role development of women in policing.
Quality Police Personnel
Analyze career paths available to police officers.
Examine the issues related to police officer training.
Identify police officer selection criteria.
Recognize barriers to the success of COP.
Discuss the implementation of COP.
Identify the various funding sources for COP.
Define community-oriented policing (COP).
Relating to the Community
Discuss the effects of the media and police-community relations (PCR) units.
Recognize the difference between perceptions and evidence of certain police behaviors.
Identify special groups and explain their interactions with police.
Define police-community relations.
The Use of Discretion
Examine methods for control of the use of discretion.
Identify the sources of discretion.
Analyze typical uses of discretion.
Police and the Law
Define corruption and its related components.
Identify constitutional amendments related to policing and describe their relationship to policing.
Recognize the relationship of the police to the U.S. Constitution.
Explain the general relationship of policing and the law.
Organization and Management
Analyze the implications of policy and change.
Describe the elements of accountability.
Recognize the importance of management.
Identify the elements and characteristics of an organization.
Understand organizational theories and their application to police agencies.
Criminal Investigations and Other Support Units
Examine support units and the need for them.
Recognize investigative tools.
Identify the phases of preliminary and follow-up investigations.
Understand criminal investigations as a division and as a function.
Identify and describe the activities and dominant features of patrol.
Analyze how the patrol component is organized and how services are delivered.
Understand patrol as a division and as a function.
Policing from a Systems Perspective
Examine the interactions of police with other components of the criminal justice system.
Identify the components of the police system and its subsystems.
Analyze policing from a systems perspective.
The Role of Police in Our Society
Identify means of controlling the police role.
Describe the development of the police role in the United States.
Discuss role conflicts.
Understand the difference between perceptions, media portrayals and reality.
The Personality of Police Officers
Examine why people become police officers.
Identify and describe styles of policing.
Analyze the issues of stress and the police subculture.
Discuss attitudes and personality changes in police officers.
Current and Future Issues
Identify the role of police in defending the homeland.
Identify the elements of professionalism as it applies to police officers.
Examine current and future roles of technology and its implications for policing.
Discuss possible future changes in laws.
Understand health issues faced by police.
Identify the issues associated with the use of force.
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