ADJ 250 - Contemporary Police Services

Course Description

An examination of the foundations of police services that include both patrol and investigative functions. The course is directed to analysis and commentary of municipal police as an agency of law enforcement and human services delivery. Topical areas include training, enforcement procedures, structure and organization, philosophy and contemporary issues regarding stress, unionization, employment practices, youth problems, human relation issues, corruption and accountability.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Explain the distribution of police power within the U.S. governmental system.
Discuss the role, discretion and limits of police power in a democracy.
Explicate the importance of uniformed patrol in modern police service.
Analyze the dynamics of stress, perceptions of authority and communication in police-citizen encounters.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: ADJ 241