CJ220 Criminal Justice & the Community

for S1Y 2010

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CJ 220 Criminal Justice & the Community


S1Y 2010 MN


Turner, Roger D.


Adjunct Faculty`


BA - Communication Arts - Memphis State University
MA - Communicative Arts - Memphis State University
MA - Criminal Justice - Memphis State University

Office Location

Available before and after class upon request

Daytime Phone

(901) 568-2065



Semester Dates

January 11, 2010 through March 7, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 9:30 PM

Credit Hours


The Police and the Community by David Carter, 7th Edition, 2002.  ISBN 0-13-0410632

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Course Description:
CJ 220 Criminal Justice and the Community: This basic course emphasizes programming techniques for benefiting the agency-citizen relationship. Prominence is placed on utilizing the resources of the criminal justice agencies to engage in effective conflict resolution with citizens, develop citizen and agency awareness, community crime prevention, and community relations. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the history and evolution of American policing, while examining the development of community-oriented government.
  2. Analyze the future potential of the COPPS philosophy for the elements of the criminal justice system.
  3. Apply the philosophy of Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) and the concomitant issues of training, agency implementation, and evaluation that accompany the philosophy.

Core Assessment:

  • Class participation, quizzes & exams

  • Exams

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

Class Assessment:
Through a combination of examinations, written presentations and classroom discussions, student learning and knowledge concerning the topic of criminal justice and community relationships will be assessed.  Students should make every effort to attend each class so that their opinions and knowledge of the assigned topic can be observed.  The written assignment for the course will constitute 25% of the overall student grade and will be comprised of student research into three existing programs which demonstrate an effective example of the criminal justice system and community relationship in dealing with and suppressing crime.  The assignment should compare and contrast programs with traditional efforts aimed at crime suppression; examining each for its individual effectiveness and adherence to the principles and guidelines identified through the classsroom discussion and study.  The research should include and analysis of the organization structure of the criminal justice entity ( i.e., community courts, police departments, probations offices, juvenile courts), discuss their adherence to the traditional structures, and detail what organization changes, if any, were implemented in order to establish an effective criminal justice and community relationship.  An assessment of community attitudes towards each program should be included, where possible.  All presentations will be due during the February 18th class meeting.  Thoroughness and attention to detail will be evaluated in each assignment.


Examination #1  (Mid-term)                       30%
Examination #2  (Final)                              30%
Quizzes                                                     10%
Written Assignment                                    25%
Class Participation                                       5%
Total                                                         100%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late submission of any assigned materials, without valid reason for the delay, will result in an initial letter grade reduction.  The instructor is the sole source for determining the validity of the excuse for late submission.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to be on time for all classes and to have read the assigned material prior to the beginning of the class.  Students are expected to render courtesy to the opinions and ideas of others shared in the course of classroom discussion.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week       Date            Assignment                        Topic
1            Jan. 14th      Intro/ Chapters 1 & 2         Foundation / The concept of Community Alliance
2            Jan. 21st      Chapters 3 & 4                  Community Policing: Milestones & Fundamentals / Ethics
3            Jan. 28th      Chapter 5 & 6                    Dilemma of the Police Role / Professionalism
4            Feb. 4th       Review / Exam #1
5            Feb. 11th      Chapters 7 - 9                  Police Discretion / Self-Image/ Public Image
6            Feb. 18th      Written Presentations /
                                   Chapter 10                        Persistent Problems: Perceptions, Beliefs
7            Feb. 25th      Chapters 11, 12 & 14        Minority Issues / Violence, Deadly Force/ Special Populations
8            Mar. 4th        Discussion / Exam             The Media

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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