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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: MSCJ 579
Course Title: Law Enforcement and the Community
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This course examines the nature of law enforcement organizations as components of the political and social networks that comprise communities. Topics such as the intersection of law enforcement, mental health, juvenile justice and educational systems are examined. The public impact of police operations and the role of the media and special interest groups are examined in detail. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Graduate standing.

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

Police Community Relations and the Administration of Justice
By Hunter, R.D. & T.D. Barker (Prentice Hall)
Course Objectives
  • To critically analyze how the roles of law enforcement and the community interact.
  • To understand the public order needs of the community.
  • To understand the societal restrictions and limitations of the law enforcement organization.
  • To predict social and community problems that impact the role of law enforcement.
Measurable Learning
  • Distinguish between the needs of the community and the responsibilities of law enforcement..
  • Identify solutions for resolving community concerns about the police.
  • Demonstrate a practical and working knowledge of police practices as they relate to community service.
  • Predict, explain, and support likely future developments in community-oriented  policing.
  • Master at least one trend or issue and become sufficiently knowledgeable about community needs and public safety.
Topical Outline:
  • The police role concept in a changing society
  • Police community relations: An overview
  • Public relations and community relations: A contrast
  • Relations within the police organization
  • Coping with becoming a cop
  • Police discretion and community relations
  • Community-oriented policing
  • Special populations and the police
  • The delimmas of decent and the poltical process
  • Conflict 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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