CJ231 Introduction to Law Enforcement

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CJ 231 Introduction to Law Enforcement


U1M 2010 CH


Infinito, Vincent


Senior Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice Administration


B.A., St. Francis College, Loretto, PA.
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.

Office Location

Training Bldg.,MCAS Cherry Point, Havelock, NC

Office Hours

3:00 PM - 4:45 PM Mon/Wed

Daytime Phone

(252) 638-4980




Semester Dates

6/7/2010 - 8/1/2010

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 7:15 PM

Credit Hours



Policing Today, Schmalleger & Worrall, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2010.
ISBN-10: 0-20-551551-7

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http://faculty.ncwc.edu/toconnor (Megalinks In Criminal Justice)
http://www.theatlantic.com/atlantic/election/connection/crime/crime.htmAtlantic Monthly's Criminology Collection:
http://http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov.nij (National Institute of Justice)
http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook (Sourcebook of CJ Statistics)
http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr95prs.htm (FBI-UCR Reports)

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

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:

Class Participation
Midterm Exam
Final Exam


Exam       2 @       20% each                     40%
Quiz         4@          5%each                      20%              
Class participation                                    10%
Term Paper                                                20%
Group activities                                         10%
Total                                                         100%
Students will be prepared to discuss all scheduled assignments in class.

The grade scale is as follows:

A -93% or above

B -85% to 92.99%

C -77% to 84.99%        

D -70% to 76.99%


Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept assignments late. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of
“zero. ” All tests must be taken on the dates the class is given the test. Extreme situations may be handled by the

instructor on a case-by-case basis. A determination of an “extreme situation” is solely the instructor’s.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Cell phones, beepers and other communication devices are not to be used, or on, during class. Disruptive behavior
(as determined by the instructor) is unfair to the other students and will not be tolerated. Loud talking, snoring,
sleeping, coming late to class or leaving early, except in emergencies, will not be tolerated. Multiple disruptions over
a term will lead to the withdrawal of the student from the class by the instructor. The instructor may announce other
rules from time to time.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date Subject Chapter Pages 
June 7
Origins and Evolution of American Policing 
Policing in the American Context
          Group Assignments





June 9
Police and the Criminal Justice System
Term Paper Topics Due
Chap.3   52-75
June 14 Law Enforcement Agencies Chap.4


June 16 Becoming A Cop  Chap.5   106-125
June 21 Police Subculture Chap.6   126-151
June 23 Career Concerns Chap.7 152-173
June 30 Patrol, Peacekeeping and Investigations Chap.8 174-199
July 5 Intelligence, Information and Special Problems Chap.9 200-225
July 7

Community Policing and Involvement

Policing and the Law





July 12 Civil Liability and Accountability Chap.12 276-301
July 14

Police Discretion and Behavior

Deviance, Ethics and Professionalism





July 19 Group Projects Presented
July 21 The Use of Force Chap.15 350-374
July 26

The Future of Policing

Term Papers Due

Chap.16 376-end

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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

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