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CJ 231 Introduction to Law Enforcement
White, Harry O.,, Jr.


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Course

CJ 231 Introduction to Law Enforcement

Semester

S2T 2007 DL

Faculty

White, Harry O.,, Jr.

Title

Associate Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. Urban Studies (Administration of Justice)
MPA, Organizational Behavior; M.Ed., Criminal Justice Education;
B.S., Administration of Justice.

Office Location

Room 102, Bldg 1507, 59 Grenier Street, Hanscom AFB, MA

Office Hours

TBD

Daytime Phone

781-698-8107

E-Mail

harry.white@pirate.park.edu

Semester Dates

January 15 - March 11, 2007

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Dempsey, J. S. and Forst, L. S. (2005). An Introduction to Policing (3rd ed.). Belmont, CA: Thompson Wadsworth.

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Course Description:
This is an introduction to the law enforcement segment of the criminal justice system, with an examination of the history and development of law enforcement, especially in the United States. The various job and career opportunities in law enforcement will be reviewed. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Student-oriented discussions of assigned readings and topics are the focus of this course.  It is expected that students will be prepared to engage in discussions of all assigned materials in the threaded discussion portion of the course activities. Students will assume the lead voice in all discussion with the role of the professor to facilitate, guide, encourage and ensure focus. All assignments are designed to evaluate the student's achievement of the performance objectives.  Tests are not for the purpose of grade assignment. Rather, to ascertain the level of understanding of the basic concepts of law enforcement and policing.    All materials contained in the text book are the responsibility of the student.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of law enforcement.
  2. Discuss the various career opportunities available in the profession.
  3. Appraise the role of law enforcement in a free society.


Core Assessment:


  • Quizzes & exams


  • Class participation, quizzes & exams

  • Papers, presentations, group &/or individual activities with written assignments (see CJ205)

Class Assessment:

      There may be practice quizzes during the course that are designed to reinforce and emphasize important material. These quizzes are not graded, rather, designed to familiarize the student with material that may be included in the mid-term and final examinations. Additionally, there may be other assessment mechanisms used to evaluate level of comprehension of the material.  In order to get credit for any graded item in this course, including the mid term or final examination a grade of 60 percent must be achieved.  The requirement is based on the premise that it is inconsistent with criminal justice professionals to reward mediocrity, therefore, a reasonable grasp of the concepts can only be demonstrated by achieving this “passing” score.  

            Test questions may be a combination of multiple choice, true/false, completion and essay.  Tests cannot be made up, ex post facto, but can be taken in advance if it is known that one will be administered.   It is a matter of fairness because once the examination is administered there is potential for compromise.  Therefore, make-up examinations are discouraged and will be available only for emergency reasons, appropriately documented. 

PAPER: The paper should be approximately 5-7 pages in length and in proper format (only APA style will be accepted). This paper should be submitted with a title page and reference list citing five (5) sources.  The in-text citations must indicate the source of the material. If a source is not cited it could be grounds for plagiarism so caution must be exercised when using sources.  The topic for each paper must be related to some aspect of law enforcement. The discussion should include background information about the topic and some observations or analysis about the topic. You should utilize at least five (5) sources in addition to the information provided in the textbook.
Topics must be approved by the instructor or no credit will be given.  Once a topic is chosen the student must send an email to Dr. White indicating the subject and potential sources.  Dr. White will then approve or disappove the topic with specific comments or suggestions. A copy of the request and approved email must be attached to the final paper.
 
THE PAPER ESSAY IS DUE BY THE END OF THE SEVENTH WEEK OF CLASS. Essays will be graded on the basis of proper format, grammar, spelling, and thoroughness. Appropriate documents and resources will be made available in the webliography which address APA format and structure.  Further, any questions can be addressed to Dr. White either using the "office" option button or email. 
Class participation is considered a major component of this course.  Each week there will be discussion questions posed for comment by each student.  Additionally, it is expected that students will engage others in discussing the issues raised in the thread.  To receive maximum credit for participation there is both a quality and quantity measurement. Quality is the degree to which the student addresses specific issues and comments of others.  Quantity is the absolute number of postings.  For example one could have 6 or 7 postings that did not relate to the issue and no credit would be awarded.  However, if the minimum number of posting were made that directly focused on the discussion issue then maximum credit would be awarded. The issue of quality and quantity are interrelated because simply making two comments to a couple of postings and leaving no other evidence of being involved in the discussion is insufficient for granting credit. The discussion thread is a "virtual classroom" which suggests participation throughout the discussion period.
Each week there are two discussion questions and it is expected that participation should be in both. The opportuntiy to make comments and participate is limited to question 1 (through Wednesday) and question 2 (through Sunday). Comments or postings after those dates will not be evaluated for grading purposes.

 

Grading:

Student evaluation will be based on individual performance on examinations, written reports, and class participation.  The total points possible points is 400 and alphabetical grades are based on the following scale.

Mid-Term Examination .......................100 points 
Final Examination ..............................100 points
Paper essay.................................... 100 points 
Class Participation............................ 100 points
A = 360 - 400; B= 320 - 359; C = 280 - 319; D = 240 - 279; F = < 240

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Even though this course is asynchronous there must be a schedule as a guide. Assignments and examinations cannot be made up, ex post facto. All course requirements and due dates are clearly indicated in the syllabus and outline. It is a matter of fairness because once the assignments and examinations have been posted there is potential for compromise. Therefore, make-up assignments and examinations are discouraged and will be available only for emergency reasons, appropriately documented. Further, the date due is the last but not the first date any assignment can be submitted. In other words papers, these tasks can be completed or accomplished at any time, before the deadline. It is a good idea to accomplish the task early so that personal events do not preclude a timely completion of the assignment.
I DO NOT ACCEPT ANY LATE WORK.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
This is an online course which involves a great deal of participation in the threaded discussions. It is expected that all students will engage one another in a professional and courteous manner. The online classroom is an environment whereby opinions and positions can be openly expressed, regardless of their popularity. To that end any personal criticism or ridicule is not appropriate.  Debate, on the other hand, is encouraged. It is believed that exchange of different ideas will result in the intellectual growth of everyone.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1
Chapter 1 & 2
Police history and organization
Organizing public and private security in the U.S.

Week 2
Chapters 3 and 4
Organizing the police department
The personal side of policing

Week 3
Chapters 5 and 6
The police role and police discretion
Police: Culture, personality and stress

Week 4
Chapters 7 and 8
Police operations and the new approach
Mid-Term Exam

Week 5
Chapters 9 and 10
Police and the communi
Community policing: The debate continues

Week 6
Chapters 11 and 12
Police and the law
Police ethics and deviance

Week 7
Chapters 13 and 14
Critical issues in policing
Computers, technology, and criminalistics
Paper due
Week 8
Chapters 15 and 16
Specific police proglems and issues
Policing and homeland defense
Final Examination





Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Copyright:

This material is protected by copyright and can not be reused without permission of Dr. White.

Last Updated:2/14/2007 10:16:31 AM