Policing Theory And Practice – cja333 (3 credits)

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.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

The Personality of Police Officers

  • Examine why people become police officers.
  • Discuss attitudes and personality changes in police officers.
  • Analyze the issues of stress and the police subculture.
  • Identify and describe styles of policing.

Current and Future Issues

  • Discuss possible future changes in laws.
  • Identify the issues associated with the use of force.
  • Understand health issues faced by police.
  • Examine current and future roles of technology and its implications for policing.
  • Identify the elements of professionalism as it applies to police officers.
  • Identify the role of police in defending the homeland.

Quality Police Personnel

  • Examine the issues related to police officer training.
  • Analyze career paths available to police officers.
  • Identify police officer selection criteria.

Female Police Officers

  • Examine the role development of women in policing.
  • Identify obstacles and barriers for female police officers.
  • Discuss the "firsts" and future of women in policing.

Organization and Management

  • Describe the elements of accountability.
  • Analyze the implications of policy and change.
  • Understand organizational theories and their application to police agencies.
  • Identify the elements and characteristics of an organization.
  • Recognize the importance of management.

Policing from a Systems Perspective

  • Analyze policing from a systems perspective.
  • Identify the components of the police system and its subsystems.
  • Examine the interactions of police with other components of the criminal justice system.

Police and the Law

  • Explain the general relationship of policing and the law.
  • Recognize the relationship of the police to the U.S. Constitution.
  • Identify constitutional amendments related to policing and describe their relationship to policing.
  • Define corruption and its related components.


  • Identify and describe the activities and dominant features of patrol.
  • Understand patrol as a division and as a function.
  • Analyze how the patrol component is organized and how services are delivered.

The Role of Police in Our Society

  • Understand the difference between perceptions, media portrayals and reality.
  • Discuss role conflicts.
  • Describe the development of the police role in the United States.
  • Identify means of controlling the police role.

Criminal Investigations and Other Support Units

  • Understand criminal investigations as a division and as a function.
  • Identify the phases of preliminary and follow-up investigations.
  • Examine support units and the need for them.
  • Recognize investigative tools.

The Use of Discretion

  • Define discretion.
  • Analyze typical uses of discretion.
  • Identify the sources of discretion.
  • Examine methods for control of the use of discretion.

Relating to the Community

  • Define police-community relations.
  • Identify special groups and explain their interactions with police.
  • Recognize the difference between perceptions and evidence of certain police behaviors.
  • Discuss the effects of the media and police-community relations (PCR) units.

Community-Oriented Policing

  • Define community-oriented policing (COP).
  • Identify the various funding sources for COP.
  • Discuss the implementation of COP.
  • Recognize barriers to the success of COP.

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