CJ231 Introduction to Law Enforcement

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CJ 231 Introduction to Law Enforcement


FA 2010 HO


Hamilton, John R.,, Jr.


Associate Professor



Office Location

Mackay 20C

Office Hours

Monday: 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Tuesday: 9:00-10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; Wednesday: 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Thursday: 9:00-10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.; and by appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6302



Semester Dates

August 16 - December 11, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

11:00 - 11:50 AM

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.

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 16              Introduction to the class

August 18              Chapter 1      Origins and Evolution of American Policing

August 20               Chapter 1

August 23              Chapter 1

August 25               Chapter 2      Policing in the American Context and                                                                                  discussion of papers

August 27                Chapter 2     

August 29               Chapter 3      Police and the Criminal Justice System

August 31               Chapter 3

September 1         Chapter 4        Law Enforcement Agencies and their                                                                                     Organization

September 3            Chapter 4

September 6           LABOR DAY – No class

September 8            Chapter 4

September 10            Chapter 5      Becoming a Cop      

September 13           Chapter 5

September 15           Chapter 6      Police Subculture

September 17           Chapter 6          

September 20           Chapter 6

September 22          Test #1

September 24           Chapter 7      Career Concerns

September 27           Chapter 7

September 29           Chapter 7

October 1                   Chapter 8      Patrol, Peacekeeping, and Investigations

October 4                   Chapter 8

October 6                   Chapter 8

October 8                   Chapter 9      Intelligence, Information, and Special Problems

October 11               Fall Break – no class

October 13               Fall Break – no class

October 15               Fall Break – no class

October 18                 Chapter 9     

October 20               Chapter 10     Community Policing and Community Involvement

October 22                 Chapter 10  

October 25                 Chapter 10

October 29                 Chapter 11   Policing and the Law

October 27                 Chapter 11

November 1               Chapter 11

November 3               Chapter 12   Civil Liability and Accountability

November 5               Chapter 12

November 8               Chapter 13   Police Discretion and Behavior

November 10            Chapter 13

November 12           Chapter 13

November 15           Test #2

November 17           Chapter 14   Deviance, Ethics, and Professionalism    

November 19          Chapter 14

November 22          Chapter 15   The Use of Force

November 24          Chapter 15

November 26        Thanksgiving Break – No class

November 29          Chapter 16   The Future of Policing

December 1             Project presentations


(Final Examination: 12/6/2010 )

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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