CJ231 Introduction to Law Enforcement

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CJ 231 Introduction to Law Enforcement


S1B 2013 BL


Kirk, Diana M.


Senior Adjunct Faculty


Bachelors - Management of CIS
Masters - Management and Leadership

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Office Hours

Before and after class or by appointment

Daytime Phone





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Semester Dates

January 14, 2013 - March 10, 2013

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours



Textbook: Policing Today, Edition: 2010 • Schmalleger, Frank,
Allyn & Bacon, Inc. publisher
  • ISBN 10: 0205515517
  • ISBN 13: 9780205515516

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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:

    Student-oriented discussions of assigned readings and topics are the focus of this course.  It is expected that students will be prepared to engage in discussions of all assigned materials and reading assignments. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions. All assignments are designed to evaluate the student's achievement of the performance objectives and to ascertain the level of understanding of the basic concepts of law enforcement and policing. Students are responsible for all material in the assigned textbook

    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. Explain the concept of chain of command and authority.
    2. Interpret police professionalism
    3. Summarize police role models:  crime control, order maintenance, & service.
    4. Interpret discretionary conduct and accountability
    Core Assessment:

    • Quizzes & exams

    • Class participation, quizzes & exams

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

    Class Assessment:

    • (4) Weekly Quizzes
    • Mid-Term Exam
    • Final Exam
    • Written Essay
    • Weekly Law Enforcement Articles
    • Participation and Discussion

    Weekly quizzes are designed to reinforce and emphasize important material covered each week. All quizzes are graded and designed to familiarize the student with material that may be included in the mid-term and final examinations. 

    Test questions may be a combination of multiple choice, true/false, completion and essay.  Tests/quizzes cannot be made up, but can be taken in advance if it is known that one will be administered.   It is a matter of fairness because once the examination is administered there is potential for compromise.  Therefore, make-up examinations are discouraged and will be available only for emergency reasons, appropriately documented. 

    Law Enforcement article: Students will research law enforcement related articles and will bring them to class on the dates indicated in the course syllabus. Students should be prepared to discuss the articles and their relevance to the assigned reading material and class discussions.

    Written Essay: The paper should be a minimum of 5 pages, maximum 7 pages in length (not including the Title page and Reference Page) and must be written in proper APA format, 6th ed. This paper should be submitted with a title page and reference page citing a minimum of five (5) sources, including the text.  The in-text citations must indicate the source of the material. If a source is not cited it could be grounds for plagiarism so caution must be exercised when using sources.  The topic for each paper must be related to some aspect of law enforcement. The discussion should include background information about the topic and some observations or analysis about the topic. The APA sample paper will be provided must be used to assist in formatting the core assessment essay. Times New Roman (TNR) font, 12 pt will be used for your essay.

    Wikipedia, Answers.com, Encarta, Encyclopedia and similar sources are not an appropriate source for any academic paper and should not be used as a source for any activity in this course. All papers will be submitted in the appropriate Dropbox in the E-Companion system by the assigned due date. All papers will be submitted in the English language, in MS Word format and must be saved in a .doc or .rtf file. Papers will be submitted as a single attachment. Essays will be graded on the basis of proper format, grammar, spelling, and thoroughness of assigned topic.
    All work MUST be submitted through the Park E-Companion system and placed in the assigned DropBox.
    Participation is earned on a weekly basis. Students must be present to earn weekly participation points.  


    Student evaluation will be based on individual performance: (4) quizzes, a mid-term exam, a final exam, a written essay, and law enforcement articles. The total possible points are 1000 and are based on the following scale.
    Quizzes (4) - 30 pts each                                 120 pts  /    12%       
    Mid-Term Exam                                               200 pts  /    20%
    Final Exam                                                      300 pts  /    30%
    Written Essay                                                 200 pts  /    20%
    Weekly Law Enforcement Articles – 25 pts ea.      100 pts  /    10%
    Weekly Participation and Discussion                     80 pts   /     8%

    Total Points                                                             1000 pts / 100%

    1000-900       100% - 90%  A      

    899 – 800      89% - 80%    B

    799 – 700      79% - 70%    C

    699 – 600      69% - 60%    D

    599 – below   59% - below   F 

    Late Submission of Course Materials:

    All assigned work must be submitted by the assigned date as indicated in the course syllabus. Examinations and quizzes cannot be made up, ex post facto. Should a student not be available on the date of the Final exam, the student must make arrangements with the instructor in advance so the examination can be proctored at another date/time prior to the end of the term, otherwise the student will receive an F. 

    The course requirements and due dates are clearly indicated in the course syllabus. Therefore, make-up assignments and examinations are discouraged and will be available only for emergency reasons, appropriately documented, and at the discretion of the instructor. It is a good idea to accomplish tasks early so that personal events do not preclude a timely completion of the assignment. 

    Classroom Rules of Conduct:


    It is expected that all students will engage one another in a professional and courteous manner. The classroom is an environment whereby opinions and positions can be openly expressed, regardless of their popularity. To that end any personal criticism or ridicule is not appropriate. Debate, on the other hand, is encouraged. The exchange of different ideas will result in the academic and intellectual growth of everyone.

    Students are expected to attend all class meetings and be on time, being habitually late or leaving early is not acceptable and will result in a loss of participation points. Attendance is recorded at each class meeting; if students are going to be absent, notification to the instructor is required prior to class; otherwise the absence will be recorded as unexcused. After two unexcused absences, one letter grade will be deducted, after three unexcused absences, two letter grades will be deducted and after four unexcused absences students will be given a final grade of “F”.

    Cell phones must be on vibrate or silent mode. If you must take a call, please do so outside of the classroom. Laptops will not be on during class unless the student is utilizing an e-book.

    Military students can make alternative arrangements with the instructor because of deployments or other unforeseen military duties that often arise.

    Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

    Week 1 (Jan 14 - 19, 2013)
    MON - Introductions, review of class syllabus and course expectations
    WED - Chapter 1: Origins and Evolution of American Policing / Chapter 2: Policing in America

    Week 2 (Jan 20 - 26, 2013)

    MON - Chapter 3: Police and the criminal justice system (QUIZ#1)(L.E. ARTICLES)  
    WED - Chapter 4: Law enforcement agencies and their organization

    Week 3 (Jan 27 -  Feb 2, 2013)

    MON - Chapters 5: Becoming a cop (QUIZ 2) (L.E. ARTICLES)
    WED - Chapter 6: Police subculture

    Week 4 (Feb 3 - 9, 2013)

    MON - Chapters 7: Career concerns – Mid-Term Review / Mid-Term Examination
    WED - Chapter 8: Patrol, peacekeeping and investigations

    Week 5 (Feb 10 - 16, 2013)

    MON - Chapter 9: Intelligence, information and special problems (L.E. ARTICLES)
    WED - Chapter10: Community policing and community involvement (WRITTEN ESSAY Due)

    Week 6 (Feb 17 - 23, 2013)

    MON - Chapter 11: Policing and the law (QUIZ 3)
    WED - Chapter 12: Civil liability and accountability

    Week 7 (Feb 24 - March 2, 2013)

    MON - Chapter 13: Police discretion and behavior (QUIZ 4) (L.E. ARTICLES)
    WED - Chapter 14: Deviance, ethics and professionalism

    Week 8 (March 3 - 9, 2013)

    MON - Chapter 15: The use of force/ Chapter 16: Future of Policing - Final Exam Review
    WED - Final course review / Final Examination

    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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

    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 2011-2012 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 2011-2012 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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