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Legal Issues In Justice And Security

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This course examines the competing legal and social issues that influence the actions of public officials, security personnel, and private citizens with respect to the provision of law enforcement, safety, and security services for various elements of society. The potential conflicts between public policy and civil rights will be discussed.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Goals, Objectives, and Challenges of Justice and Security Organizations

    • Explain the challenges facing federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
    • Compare the objectives of probation, parole, and correctional organizations in regard to public safety and individual rights.
    • Explain the privatization of government services with respect to policing, courts, and corrections.
    • Explain the role of corporate or private security.
    • Identify the roles of the federal, state, and local court systems with respect to public safety and civil rights.
    • Describe the goals and objectives of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

    Roles of Criminal Justice Personnel and Private Security

    • Identify trends of police, courts, corrections, and privatized security.
    • Evaluate daily practices of public and private agencies.
    • Compare the roles and objectives of government employees versus private security.
    • Compare legal, ethical, managerial, and economic issues related to public and private agencies.

    Influence of Public Opinion and Special Interest Groups on Public Safety and Civil Rights

    • Compare the impact of the general public and special interest groups on agency policy or practice.
    • Analyze the influence of media and technology on security and public safety.
    • Analyze the influence of special interest groups on public safety and civil rights.

    Factors Influencing Criminal Justice Personnel Behavior

    • Evaluate the discretionary authority of police, court officers, and correctional personnel.
    • Assess factors affecting criminal justice personnel behavior.
    • Explain how policy, practice, and procedures affect policing, corrections, and private security.
    • Identify the influence of liability, accountability, and economic impact on policing, corrections, and private security agencies.
    • Explain the concept of civilian oversight in criminal justice.

    Foundations of the American Legal System

    • Describe the statutory authority and responsibilities of government officials, security personnel, and private citizens.
    • Explain laws relating to search, seizure, and surveillance by police, corrections, security personnel, and private citizens.
    • Compare the laws relating to the use of force by police, corrections, and private security.
    • Evaluate Supreme Court decisions that relate to public safety and privacy issues.

    Public Safety Versus Civil Rights

    • Evaluate the impact of technology and globalization on privacy rights.
    • Evaluate the balance of individual rights against public safety.
    • Describe the influence of domestic and international terrorism in relation to government agencies and private security.
    • Evaluate the impact of the USA PATRIOT Act and related legislation on civil rights.
    • Analyze issues related to diversity, race, ethnicity, gender, age, and religion as they relate to law enforcement and security services.
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