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Introduction to Police Theory and Practices




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course provides an overview of policing theories and practices used in United States law enforcement systems. It surveys the basics of police functions, from individual and organizational roles to the issues faced on a daily basis. This course also examines the procedures and methods of operation of police and critical issues in law enforcement.


What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

  • Explain historical elements of policing. 
  • Describe the function of policing in America. 

Week 2

  • Identify various types of police agencies at the local, state, and federal level. 
  • Describe the nature of patrol work

Week 3

  • Describe elements of the recruiting of police officers. 
  • Explain the challenges related to a career in policing. 

Week 4

  • Explain the role of discretion in policing. 
  • Describe procedures of police accountability.

Week 5 

  • Describe future challenges in policing. 
  • Explain the role of technology in policing.


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We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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