The Police Function
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|Course Name:||The Police Function (Online)|
|Course Description:||The roles and functions of police in a democratic society, including their responsibilities for peacekeeping, law enforcement and service; the police as part of the criminal justice system and as agents of municipal government; models and styles of police behavior.|
|Prerequisites:||CRIMLJUS 1130 with a "C-" or better|
BS in Business Administration
BS in Criminal Justice
NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change. The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.
The roles and functions of police in a democratic society, including their responsibilities for peacekeeping, law enforcement, and service; the police as part of the criminal justice system and as agents of municipal government; models and styles of police behavior.
Police operations are activities conducted by law enforcement personnel in the field and include patrol, traffic enforcement, and the investigation of criminal and general calls for service. Those seeking to pursue a career in law enforcement should understand how police operations are performed. Those seeking a criminal justice career in either corrections or probation and parole also need to know how the police conduct their daily activities and, more importantly, why they conduct those activities.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to
- Explain the roles and functions of police in a democratic society.
- Describe the various day-to-day functions of a police agency.
- Explain how the police function within the criminal justice system.
- Describe the constitutional guidelines under which the police function.
- Identify current threats to society which impact the function of police (e.g., terrorism, gangs, and drugs).
- Discuss the physical and mental health issues that affect police.
- Discuss the legal and moral issues police confront.
This course is organized into four units, each covering a conceptual area that corresponds to material in the textbook. Each unit is self-contained, but builds upon the previous one. The units are organized as follows:
Unit 1: The Basics behind Effective Police Operations
Unit 2: Getting the Job Done – Basic Police Operations
Unit 3: Specialized Police Operations
Unit 4: The Personal Side of Police Operations
Your success in this course depends on your completion of required readings, Internet exercises, discussion questions, lesson quizzes, and examinations.
Each lesson corresponds with a required reading from the course textbook. Readings are listed in each lesson and in the course calendar.
You are required to complete four Internet exercises. For these exercises, you will need to access the Internet to gain further and more detailed information on relevant topics, and then write a brief synopsis (300-500 words in length). Submit your synopsis to the Dropbox to receive feedback from your instructor, and then post it in Discussions for review and comment by your classmates. Each exercise will account for 25 points, for a total of 100 points of the possible 650 points for this course.
Discussion Questions and Participation
You are expected to respond to weekly discussion questions. Submit your responses (300-500 words in length) to the Dropbox and Discussions for review and comment by your fellow classmates. Your responses account for 70 points of the possible 650 points for this course.
All students are required to participate on the discussion board. For each of the assignments (discussion questions and Internet exercises) posted to the discussion board, you are expected to post comments to at least three of your fellow students' postings. Student participation on the discussion board will be monitored. Students who actively participate in the discussion board and provide comments on time will receive the full 40 points for participation at the end of the semester. Students who do not participate or who are late in providing comments will not receive the full participation points. The amount of points deducted will vary, depending on the lack of participation and/or degree of tardiness.
You are expected to complete a quiz for each assigned chapter in the textbook, with the exception of chapters assigned for lessons in which there is an Internet exercise. The quizzes are open book and will consist of multiple-choice questions. Lesson quizzes account for 240 of the possible 650 points for this course.
The two examinations (mid- and end-of semester) will consist of essay questions. The mid-semester examination will cover Lessons 1-7, and the end-of-semester examination will cover Lessons 8-14. Your success on these examinations will be based on your ability to critically assimilate the readings and assignments covered in each of the units throughout the semester. Submit your completed examinations to the Dropbox. Each exam is worth 100 points, and together they account for 200 points of the possible 650 points for this course.
Submitting Assignments Early
You are permitted to work ahead, but only within a unit. If you complete your work early, you can submit it to the Dropbox whenever the assignment is completed. However, please do NOT post assignments to the Discussions board more than three days before an assignment is due. This helps make sure everyone can participate in the discussions without having too much time elapse between discussion thread postings.
Lesson quizzes 290 points
Internet exercise 100 points
Discussion questions 70 points
Discussion board participation 50 points
Examinations 200 points
TOTAL 710 points
F less than 60%
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