CJ231 Introduction to Law Enforcement

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CJ 231 Introduction to Law Enforcement


S1M 2013 CH


Malbon, Ron L.,, Sr.


Adjunct Faculty


B.A. Justice Administration
M.A. Criminal Justice

Office Location

Cherry Point

Office Hours

Contact 808-741-5606

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Semester Dates

14 January 2013 - 10 March 2013

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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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 carrer oppertunities in law enforcement will be reviewed  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Obtaining knowledge is paramount in corrections. Each student will be part of an interactive learning experience based on lectures, readings, discussions, examinations, essay, and presentation. The instructor will engage each student in critical thinking situations to educate students to be able to perform professionally and in many high risk activities under diverse and possibly adverse conditions in law enforcement. This course will help develop an understanding of theory while acquiring the necessary  skills and insights in law enforcement.

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. Compare and contrast the differences in law enforcement in the United States and other countries.
  2. Compare and contrast the differences in federal, state, and local agencies.
Core Assessment:

  • Quizzes & exams

  • Class participation, quizzes & exams

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

Class Assessment:

All students will complete an essay, 6-8 pages (1500-2000 words) in length (excluding the cover sheet and reference pages) that compares and contrast American Law Enforcement with another country of choice. The paper must be written in APA format and have at least four sources. Paper will be double spaced, written in Times New Roman (12 font), and have one inch margins. The paper will be graded on spelling, grammar, and content. Class assessment will be based on:
Two exams- composed of true/false, multiple choice, short answer, or essay questions
Presentation ( Will discuss specifics in class.)
Class participation/ homework


Mid-term Exam: 20%
Final Exam: 20%
Paper: 20%
Presentation: 20%
Attendance:  10%
Class participation/ homework 10%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
As adults, students, and working professionals, I understand you must manage competing demands on your time. Only students with excused absences will be allowed to make-up missed course work. Absences will only be excused if there is a emergency, sanctioned conflict of schedule, or instructor notification in advance of absence.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to act in a professional manner. A student who acts unprofessionally will be asked to leave the class for the day and be considered absent and unexcused. Students who arrive late or need to leave early are asked to sit near the door to minimize disruption. All students must be present for majority of class to avoid a absence. Cell phones and other electronics are not to be used and must be silenced prior to class.
Class discussions will often revolve around politically, morally, or emotionally charged topics. It is important to remember that the class is not here to judge or determine what, if anything, is right or wrong. It is most useful for class to address these topics from a desire to understand and be able to see strengths and weaknesses. Critiques should be handled with the utmost respect for all people involved.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Jan 15th - Introductions
Jan 17th - Chapters 1 & 2
Jan 22nd - Chapters 3 & 4
Jan 24th - Chapter 5
Jan 29th - Chapter 6
Jan 31st - Chapter 7
Feb 5th - Chapter 8 / Review for Mid-term Exam
Feb 7th -  Mid-term Exam
Feb 12th  - Presentations
Feb 14th - Guest speaker
Feb 19th - Chapters 9 & 10
Feb 21st - Chapters 11 & 12
Feb 26th - Chapters 13 & 14
Feb 28th - Chapter 15  ( Papers Due)
Mar 4th - Chapter 16 / Review for Final Exam
Mar 7th - Final Exam
Note: All chapters must be read prior to class. Homework will be given periodically based on class progress to meet learning objectives. All homework assignments are due the next class date. In the event of an excused absence it is the responsibility to make up missed work.

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:
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