CJ231 Introduction to Law Enforcement

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CJ 231 Introduction to Law Enforcement


FA 2009 HO


Hamilton, John R.,, Jr.


Associate Professor



Office Location

Mackay 20

Office Hours

Monday: 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Tuesday: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Wednesday: 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; Thursday: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ; and by appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6302

Other Phone

pager: (816) 247-2531



Semester Dates

August 17 - December 12, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

12:00 - 1:15 PM

Credit Hours



Schmalleger, Frank and John L. Worrall (2010). Policing Today. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall ISBN: 0-205-51551-7

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Course Description:
CJ231 Introduction to Law Enforcement: 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:

The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, and writings. The instructor will engage each learner in the process of critical thinking whereby all information is critically examined to allow the learner to conduct a logical analysis in arriving at conclusions about the validity and value of the information.

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss the operation of police agencies in selected countries outside of the United States
  2. Explore major issues confronting the profession of law enforcement
Core Assessment:

  • Quizzes & exams

  • Class participation, quizzes & exams

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

Class Assessment:

Assessment of learning will be through tests, quizzes, exercises, papers, and presentations.   


Two tests                                           200 points                             31%
Comprehensive final                         100     “                                   15%   

Paper                                                  200     “                                   31%

Group exploration                                50      “                                    8%   

Class participation                            100     “                                   15%

            TOTAL                                    650    

In computing grades, the following scale will be used; however, the instructor reserves the right to make adjustments: A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, F=less than 60%. In determining grades on papers, major factors to be considered include whether or not the assignment was completed correctly and in a timely manner. Ten points will be deducted for papers submitted late, and five points will be added for papers submitted prior to the due date.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments should be turned in on or before the due on which they are due. Certain work may be made up in cases of legitimate absence. The instructor must be notified (phone, e-mail, or pager) prior to the absence for the absence to be considered excused. Five points will be deducted for papers submitted late and up to five points will be added to papers submitted prior to the due date. Missed examinations must be made up prior to the next scheduled class period, unless arrangements are made with the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

It is expected that members of the class will treat each other with respect and dignity. There will be many different views and opinions and no one should be chastised or ridiculed for their contribution to the class. Students should come to class properly prepared to discuss the scheduled lesson. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The instructor may amend this schedule based on the progress of the course and the needs of the students.

August 17                  Introduction to the class and begin Chapter 1 Origins and Evolution of American Policing

August 19                  Chapter 1     

August 24                  Chapter 2      Policing in the American Context and discussion of papers

August 26                  Chapter 3      Police and Criminal Justice System

August 31                  Chapter 3

September 2             Chapter 3     

September 7            LABOR DAY – No class

September 9             Chapter 4      Law Enforcement Agencies and their Organization

September 14           Chapter 4     

September 16           Chapter 5      Becoming a Cop

September 21           Chapter 6      Police Subculture

September 23           Chapter 6          

September 28           Chapter 7      Career Concerns

September 30          Test #1

October 5                   Chapter 8      Patrol, Peacekeeping, and Investigations

October 7                   Chapter 8     

October 12               Fall Break – no class

October 14               Fall Break – no class

October 19                 Chapter 9      Intelligence, Information, and Special Problems          

October 21                 Chapter 10   Community Policing and Community Involvement

October 26                 Chapter 10  

October 28                 Chapter 11   Policing and the Law

November 2              Chapter 11  

November 4              Chapter 12   Civil Liability and Accountability

November 9              Chapter 13   Police Discretion and Behavior

November 11           Veteran’s Day – no class

November 16           Test #2         

November 18            Chapter 14   Deviance, Ethics, and Professionalism

November 23            Chapter 15   The Use of Force

November 25           Thanksgiving Break – No class

November 30            Chapter 16   The Future of Policing

December 2            Project presentations



(Final Examination: 12/7/2009 1 :00-3:00 p.m.)

PAPER:         The paper should be approximately 5-7 pages in length and in proper format (APA). This paper should be submitted with a title page and a bibliography if outside sources are utilized. REMEMBER, you must provide credit to persons whose work you quote or paraphrase. In this paper, you should select some issue or topic in law enforcement and discuss it. The discussion should include background information about the topic and some observations or analysis about the topic from the information studied in class this semester. More detailed information on the paper will be provided during the second week of class.

GROUP EXPLORATION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT IN OTHER COUNTRIES: Students will participate in small groups (3-4 students per group) that will examine policing in other countries throughout the world. Each group will present a 10 minute summary of their findings. Groups will contrast the policing system in the United States with the system of the country studied and lead the class in a short discussion about the differences. More details about the group projects will be provided during the second week of class.

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 "F".
  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.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 .


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