Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

ADJ 250 - Policing in America

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the history and evolution of policing in the United States. It will provide students with a view of police power at the federal, state and local levels of law enforcement and will focus on contemporary issues in policing including administration and management, policing in democracy, and community policing within the confines of existing laws. It will address officer training, use of force, investigative methods, police discretion, and corruption.

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

Discuss the historical development of policing in America.
Understand the limits of police power in the United States.
Recognize the varying responsibilities of the police at the federal, state, and local levels of law enforcement.
Analyze the role of community policing, its strengths and limitations.
Demonstrate critical thinking on issues of social diversity in policing in America.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3


Course Prerequisites: ADJ 241