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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: MSCJ 543
Course Title: Development of Standard Operating Procedure
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Designed to enable students to research and develop a standard operating procedure for a designated law enforcement agency.  Students do so while being able to identify nationally recognized guidelines in the development of that policy.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Graduate standing.

Course Objectives
  • To understand current issues in the development of policy and procedure.
  • To understand the legal, practical and political nature of developing policy in law enforcement.
  • To understand nationally recognized standards of care and how those relate to policy development.
  • To critically analyze trends and issues in law enforcement management as they relate to the need for updated or new policies.
Measurable Learning
  • Identify specific problems, trends and issues in the development of law enforcement policy and procedure. 
  • Distinquish between policies, guidelines and customs of a law enforcement organization.
  • Demonstrate a practical and working knowledge of how to properly identify standards of care and nationally recognized law enforcement practices and procedures in the development of policy.
  • Predict, explain and support likely future developments in the development of law enforcement policy and procedure.
Topical Outline:
  • The purpose of written policy
  • The link between law enforcement training and written policy
  • Integration of constitutional and state law into policy
  • How nationally recognized standards of care such as those published by the International Association of Chiefs of Police are used to guide policy developoment
  • How to write a properly written policy in a suscinct and easy to understand manner
  • The role of managers and end users in the development and implementation of law enforcement policy.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Michael Lyman Date: August 8, 2011
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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