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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: MSCJ 577
Course Title: Law Enforcement Administration
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

An examination of selected criminal justice system management issues and problems focusing specifically on law enforcement, agency management including policy planning, forecasting, human resource management and project implementation. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Graduate standing.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Proactive Police Management
By Thibault, E.A., L.M. Lynch & B.R. McBride (Prentice Hall)
Course Objectives
  • To understand current issues in the administration of modern law enforcement organizations.
  • To understand the legal, practical, political and operational nature of managing law enforcement organizations.
  • To understand the training and policy and the extent the two interact and relate to one another.
  • To critically analyze trends and issues in hiring, discipline and supervision of police personnel.
Measurable Learning
  • Identify specific problems, trends and issues in the management of law enforcement organizations.
  • Distinquish between line-level supervision and the functions of command staff.
  • Demonstrate a practical and working knowledge of the hiring and promotional process; disciplinary proceedings and daily supervision of police personnel.
  • Predict, explain and support likely future developments in law enforcement management and supervision.


Topical Outline:
  • The culture of law enforcement
  • The art and style of law enforcement leadership
  • Purposes and principles of police organizations
  • Operating principles
  • Proactive communication and information management
  • Proactive police technology for the 21st century
  • Patrol operations and community policing
  • Basic line functions
  • Administrative/staff functions
  • Auxiliary functions
  • Training
  • Proactive learning
  • Collective bargaining and police management
  • Current issues in police management

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Michael Lyman Date: October 4, 2010
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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