CJ231 Introduction to Law Enforcement

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CJ 231 Introduction to Law Enforcement


S2H 2013 BU


Hiers, Jody Randall


Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice


Park College / B.S. Criminal Justice Administration
Park University / Master of Public Affairs
South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy / Certified L.E.O.

Office Location

1925 Duke Street, Beaufort, S.C. 29901

Office Hours

Monday thru Friday 8am to 5pm

Daytime Phone


Other Phone





Semester Dates

25 March - 19 May 2013

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 P.M.



Credit Hours



Policing Today, 2010 Prentice Hall Publishing.
Authors: Frank Schmalleger, John Worrall
Student ISBN: 978-0-205-51551-6

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Course Description:
CJ231 Introduction to Law Enforcement(SS): 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.

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. I will encourage each learner to share and relate real world experiences pertaining to the current subject matter.

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:

Mid-Term Exam: Consists of material covered in chapters 1 - 8.

Final Exam: Consists of material covered in chapters 9 - 16

Essay: 750 - 1000 words. Students will complete an essay that compares and contrasts the U.S. Criminal Justice System to that of another country. The students are required to have at least (5) references. The essay will be in the APA format.


Mid-Term Exam--30% of final grade (10 Discussion and 40 Multiple choice questions)
Final Exam----30% of final grade      (10 Discussion and 40 Multiple choice questions)
Essay--------- 30% of final grade      ( graded on spelling, grammer and content)
Class Participation--10% of final grade
Letter Grades will be assigned as follows:
90-100 (A), 80-89 (B), 70-79 (C), 60-69 (D), Below 60 (F)

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late submission of materials will result in a reduction of the grade by 10 points per class.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are required to participate in class discussions in an orderly and respectful manner. Students are not to disrupt the class under any circumstances. Any problems or concerns should be addressed individually to the professor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Mon 03/25 - Introduction, class expectations, administrative issues, Ch 1- Origins/Evolution of American Policing 
Wed 03/27 - Ch 2- Policing in the American Context -- Ch 3- Police and the Criminal Justice System
Mon 04/01- Ch 4- Law Enforcement Agencies and their Organization 
Wed 04/03 - Ch 5- Becoming a Cop 
Mon 04/08 - Ch 6- Police Subculture
Wed 04/10   - Ch 7- Career Concerns 
Mon 04/15   - Ch 8- Patrol, Peacekeeping, and Investigations, Mid-Term Review.
Wed 04/17   - Mid-Term Exam 
Mon 04/22 - Ch 9- Intelligence, Information, & Special Problems--Ch 10- Community Policing & Community Involvement
Wed 04/24 - Ch 11- Policing and the Law 
Mon 04/29 - Ch 12- Civil Liability and Accountability               
Wed 05/01 - Ch 13- Police Discretion and Behavior

Mon 05/06 - Ch 14- Deviance, Ethics, and Professionalism

Wed 05/08 - Ch 15- The Use of Force, Essay due.

Mon 05/13  - Ch 16- The Future of Policing,  Review for Final Exam

Wed 05/15   - Final Exam

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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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