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Policing Theory And Practice

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

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Community-Oriented Policing

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

    Quality Police Personnel

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

    Female Police Officers

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

    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.

    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.
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