CJ231 Introduction to Law Enforcement

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CJ 231 Introduction to Law Enforcement


F2LL 2007 LR


Larkins, Douglas R.


Senior Instructor

Office Hours

0800 to 1600 hours Monday thru Friday

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Semester Dates

15 October - 9 December 2007

Class Days


Class Time

9:00 - 2:00 PM



Credit Hours


An Introduction to Policing, John S. Dempsey and Linda S. Frost, 4th Edition, 2008, Thomson Publishing, ISBN 0495095451.

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Additional Resources:
Additional handouts will be distributed by the instructor at appropriate intervals.

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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:
This instructor's educational philosophy is one of interacting with the students.  Lectures, reading assignments, Chapter Review exercises, dialog's, section examinations, videos and a research writing paper will be required.  This instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas to include current issues and contradictions.

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. Articulate the history of policing and its relevance to law enforcement today.
  2. Appraise the different types of police recruitment techniques and compare and contrast the positive and negative issues.
  3. Describe todays police role, culture and personality
Core Assessment:

  • Quizzes & exams

  • Class participation, quizzes & exams

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

Class Assessment:
Chapter Review exercises will be given for each chapter covered.  Three section examinations covering approximately 5 to 7 chapters will be given at intervals.  Reading assignments and short presentations will be done for each class.  A research paper will be due at the end of the semester.  Topics for this research will be discussed and assigned on the first night of class.


Students are required to meet the  minimal standards set for a formal class of this standing.  i.e. minimal score of 70% on a 100 point scale.  The following is a breakdown on grading procedures.
Section 1 Examination      15%
Section 2 Examination      15%
Section 3 Examination      15%
Class Presentations          15%
Research Paper               40%
90-100 = A
80-89 = B
Below 60=F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of the research paper will cause a reduction of one letter grade.  Section examinations not taken on time will also be reduced in overall score by one letter grade. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Classroom Rules of Conduct will be discussed on the first night of class.  Expectations concerning participation and facility regulations will also be covered.  This instructor expects that each individual in the class will treat each other with dignity and respect.  Discussions and interactions are expected to glean differences of opinions.  However, respect for others opinions will be foremost in all learners agenda.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

20 Oct - 
English Policing , American Policing Heritage, policing in the 18th and 19th centuries, policing in the 20th century.
27 Oct -
private security, federal law enforcement, state law enforcement, local law enforcement, international police, private security, police organization and structure, traditional models, chain of command, span of control, delegation of authority and responsibility, unity of command.  Police selection requirements, the recruitment and selection process, police training.

03 Nov - Section 1 Examination
10 Nov - police roles and police discretion, order maintenance vs crime fighting, operational styles, police culture and subculture, police personalities, police suicide, women and minorities in policing, discrimination in policing, police brutality.
17 Nov -
Ethics in policing, police corruption, patrol operations, Kansas City Experiment, rapid response studies, resource allocations, traffic operations, specialized police training, detective operations, information management, proactive tactics, undercover operations

24 Nov - Section 2 Examination
01 Dec -police and minority community issues, police and special populations, community policing, problem solving, homeland security, police and the constitution, computers in policing, search and seizure, fingerprint technology,non lethal weapons, surveillance techniques, DNA profiling, investigating terrorism, local efforts to aid homeland security.

08 Dec - Section 3 Examination
08 Dec - Research Papers Due

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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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