Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

MSCJ 543: Development Of Standard Operating Procedure

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  Course 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

Proctored Exams: None



  Textbooks

As part of TruitionSM, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below.

Required

  •  Kappeler , V. E.. (2006). Critical Issues in Police Civil Liability (4th). Waveland Press, Inc. .  eText

Bookstore Information

Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address. Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns: Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy. Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Note: Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.

  Course Overview

This course will provide an insight into the development of policy for criminal justice organizations. Topics that will be covered include problem areas, trends, legal concerns, and standards of care. You will get an insight into the policies, guidelines, and customs for a law enforcement organization.

As a part of the course requirement, you will create general orders and standard operating procedure documents. You will be getting an insight into specific problems and various trends and issues involved in the development of policies. Moreover, you will gain practical and working knowledge of identification of standards of care.

  Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

  Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe specific problems, trends, and issues in the development of law enforcement policy and procedure.
  2. Explain the distinction between policies, guidelines, and customs of a law enforcement organization.
  3. Articulate 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.
  4. Explain current trends and possible future developments in law enforcement policy and procedure.
  5. Describe the application of the departmental policy to specific and hypothetical fact situations.

  Grading

Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 360-400 90-100%
B 320-359 80-89%
C 280-319 70-79%
F 0-279 0-69%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (8) 120 30%
Dropbox Assignments (2) 80 20%
Quizzes (6) 120 30%
Midterm Exam 40 10%
Final Exam 40 10%
Total 400 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Introduction Discussion -- Wednesday
Discussion 1 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Quiz 1 20 Sunday

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 15 Wednesday/Sunday
GO and SOP Topic Choice -- Sunday
Quiz 2 20

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Quiz 3 20 Sunday

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 5: GO Draft 15
Midterm Exam 40 Sunday

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 1: GO Final Submission 40 Sunday
Quiz 4 20

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7: SOP Draft 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Quiz 5 20 Sunday

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Dropbox Assignment 2: SOP Final Submission 40 Sunday
Quiz 6 20

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 15 Wednesday/Saturday
Final Exam 40 Saturday
Total Points: 400

  Assignment Overview

Discussions

Apart from Introduction Discussion, there are 8 discussions and you will have to respond to a discussion question worth 15 points.The original post should be at least 300 words, and each peer post response should be 75 words.  You should write substantive posts that will advance the discussion (not “I agree” or “good job”).  Write your answers and responses in paragraph form and cite resources (required for each original post) using the APA style, including parenthetical references. 

Original posts are due on Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. CT, and two responses to peer posts are due on Sunday by 11:59 p.m. CT (except in Week 8, when responses are due on Saturday by 11:59 p.m. CT).

Peer Review Discussions

In Weeks 4 and 6 you will provide peer review of classmates GO and SOP memos. Post your own draft by Wednesday and provide a peer review of 2 classmates’ drafts by Sunday.

Dropbox Assignments

You will prepare a General Order (GO) and a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) memo for the class.

Topic

You must post your topic to the appropriate Discussion for approval during Week 2. The topics must be contemporary to criminal justice operations. Examples include, but are not limited to, use of force, vehicle operations, weapons topics, social networks, standards of conduct, investigative strategies, etc.  Your instructor will approve topics on a first-come, first-approved basis.  Make sure to review previous student submissions to avoid selecting topics that were already requested.

Format

Both the GO and the SOP must include a cover memorandum (in the form of an executive summary) that addresses the following: 

  • A brief summary of the content
  • A dissemination plan
  • A training plan
  • An inspection and a review plan
  • All the documents must be in Microsoft Word format
  • Sources documented in APA style

All writing must be original. You are encouraged to look at other general orders and standard operating procedures.  This can include existing real-world documents as well as model policies such as those developed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and similar state associations.  However, documents turned in by students in this class must be original.

This should be the same as what you would find in a general order manual. As such it should be concise and to the point, condensing relevant information into a 3-5 page  (3-page minimum).  Use relevant sources based upon the topic you choose. Provide 3-5 sources such as working manuals, case studies, model and real-world policies, and peer reviewed articles; you are not limited to these sources. You must have a minimum of 3 sources, one of which needs to be a peer-reviewed article.  You can find resources through the Stafford library online.

Submission dates

General Order (GO)

  • Week 2: Select Topic and post it to the appropriate Discussion board by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday for Instructor approval.
  • Week 4: Peer Review - Post your GO Draft to the appropriate Discussion board by 11:59 p.m. CT Wednesday, and post your responses to 2 of your peers by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday.
  • Week 5: Dropbox Assignment 1– Post your final GO paper to the appropriate Dropbox folder by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday.

 

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

  • Week 2: Select Topic and post it to the appropriate Discussion board by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday for Instructor approval.
  • Week 6: Peer Review - Post your SOP Draft to the appropriate Discussion board by 11:59 p.m. CT Wednesday, and post your responses to 2 of your peers by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday.
  • Week 7: Dropbox Assignment 2 - Post your final SOP paper to the appropriate Dropbox folder by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday.

Quizzes

Each week you will have a quiz based on the readings of the assigned week, apart from Weeks 4 and 8. The quiz will have 20 multiple-choice questions, worth 1 point each. Only 1 attempt is allowed. There will be a 20-minute time limit for each quiz. Each quiz will open at 12:01 a.m. CT Monday and will close by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday of the assigned week.

Exams

The Midterm Exam and the Final Exam consist of 30 multiple-choice questions (worth 1 point each) and 2 short essay questions (worth 5 points each).  The Midterm exam will be available during Week 4 (worth 40 points) and covers Chapters 1-4 and all assigned readings. The Final exam will be available during Week 8 (worth 40 points) and covers Chapters 7-11 and all assigned readings. The exams can be accessed through the quizzes area of the course and you can attempt each of them only once. Students will have two (2) hours to successfully complete each of the exams. The Midterm exam will open at 12:01 a.m. CT Monday and will close by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday of Week 4. The Final exam will open at 12:01 a.m. CT Monday and will close by 11:59 p.m. CT Saturday of Week 8. 

  Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Readings
  • Kappeler: Chapter 1
  • “Policy and Procedures Manuals – Best Practices Guide” found in the Content area of D2L.
  • Pages 18-20 of “Principles of Good Policing” found in the Content area of D2L.
Introduction Discussion

Introduce yourself to the class.  Give us some interesting facts about yourself and describe any relationship that you have had or currently have with the development of standard operating procedure.

Discussion 1

Discuss why policy is important for criminal justice organizations. As part of the discussion, include commentary about whether organizational values are important to developing policy. Cite current examples that support your discussion points.

Quiz 1

Quiz 1 has 20 multiple-choice questions. Only 1 attempt is allowed. The quiz covers Week 1 assigned chapters and readings. You will have 20-minutes to finish the quiz. It is worth 20 points.

Readings
  • Kappeler: Chapter 2
  • “Developing/Revising Detention Facility Policies and Procedures” found in the Content area of D2L.
  • “Investigation of the New Orleans Police Department” found in the Content area of D2L.
Discussion 2

Identify 10 critical policy areas and discuss why they should be addressed formally by law enforcement administrators. Cite current examples that support your discussion points.

GO and SOP Topic Choice

Submit your topic choices for general order (GO) and a standard operating procedure (SOP) to the respective discussion forum. The topics are selected by you, but must be approved by the instructor no later than Sunday of Week 2. Use the title “Topic Choice” in your post.

Topics must be contemporary to criminal justice operations. Examples include, but are not limited to, use of force, vehicle operations, weapons topics, social networks, standards of conduct, investigative strategies, etc.

Quiz 2

Quiz 2 has 20 multiple-choice questions. Only 1 attempt is allowed. It covers Week 2 assigned chapters and readings. You will have 20-minutes to finish the quiz. It is worth 20 points.

Readings
  • Kappeler: Chapter 3
  • “Investigation of the New Orleans Police Department” found in the Content area of D2L. Focus on the material in the report and how it might prove important to policy and overall organizational operations.
Discussion 3

Discuss whether problems within an organization should be a catalyst for change, or if agency administrators should be designing a policy that heads off a potential problem.

Quiz 3

Quiz 3 has 20 multiple-choice questions. Only 1 attempt is allowed. It covers Week 3 assigned chapters and readings. You have 20-minutes to finish the quiz. It is worth 20 points.

Readings
    • Kappeler: Chapter 4
    • “Smaller Agency Accreditation – Realistic, Valuable, Evolving” found in the Content area of D2L.
    • “Conducted Energy Devices: Development of Standards for Consistency and Guidance” found in the Content area of D2L.
Discussion 4

Discuss why it is important to consider national standards in the development of policy. Consider content from the text and articles, along with current and on-going concerns about policing portrayed in media.

Discussion 5: GO Draft

Submit the GO draft into the appropriate discussion topic for peer review. This review is meant to provide feedback to you for use in fine-tuning the GO for final submission.

Midterm Exam

The Midterm exam has 30 multiple-choice and 2 short essay questions. Only 1 attempt is allowed. It covers Weeks 1-4 assigned chapters and readings. You will have 2-hours to finish the exam. It is worth 40 points. The exam will open at 12:01 a.m. CT Monday and will close by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday of Week 4.

Readings
  • Kappeler: Chapter 7
  • “Put it in Writing” from the October 2000 FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin found in the Content area in D2L
Discussion 6

Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of individuals developing policy (e.g., a police chief) versus using a development committee or similar group. Cite current examples that support your discussion points.

Dropbox Assignment 1: GO Final Submission

You will prepare a General Order (GO) as a part of the requirements for this course. It is due in the Dropbox area of D2L by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday.

Quiz 4

Quiz 4 has 20 multiple-choice questions. Only 1 attempt is allowed. It covers Week 5 assigned chapters and readings. You have 20-minutes to finish the quiz. It is worth 20 points.

Readings
  • Kappeler: Chapter 8
  • “Seattle Police Department Policy and Procedures Manual” found in the content area of D2L. You are not required to read the document in its entirety; rather, try to identify key elements of structure and content.
Discussion 7: SOP Draft

Submit the SOP draft into the appropriate discussion topic for peer review. This review is meant to provide feedback to you for use in fine-tuning the SOP for final submission.

Quiz 5

Quiz 5 has 20-multiple choice questions. Only 1 attempt is allowed. It covers Week 6 assigned chapters and readings. You have 20-minutes to finish this quiz. It is worth 20 points.

Readings
  • Kappeler: Chapters 9 & 10
Dropbox Assignment 2: SOP Final Submission

You will prepare a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) as a part of the requirements for this course. It is due in the Dropbox area of D2L by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday.

Quiz 6

Quiz 6 has 20 multiple-choice questions. Only 1 attempt is allowed. It covers Week 7 assigned chapters and readings. You have 20-minutes to finish the quiz. It is worth 20 points.

Readings
    • Kappeler: Chapter 11
Discussion 8

Identify and discuss three potential areas for policy development in the future. Cite current examples that support your discussion points.

Final Exam

The Final Exam has 30 multiple-choice and 2 short essay questions. Only 1 attempt is allowed. It covers Weeks 5-8 assigned chapters and readings. You will have 2-hours to complete the exam. It is worth 40 points. The exam will open at 12:01 a.m. CT Monday and will close by 11:59 p.m. CT Saturday.

  Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a cumulative process that begins with the first college learning opportunity. Students are responsible for knowing the Academic Integrity policy and procedures and may not use ignorance of either as an excuse for academic misconduct. Columbia College recognizes that the vast majority of students at Columbia College maintain high ethical academic standards; however, failure to abide by the prohibitions listed herein is considered academic misconduct and may result in disciplinary action, a failing grade on the assignment, and/or a grade of "F" for the course.

Additionally, all required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you anticipate or experience any barriers to learning, communicate your concerns with the instructor. In addition to speaking with the instructor, the following resources are available to ensure an opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment that values mutual respect.

  • For students with disabilities/conditions who are experiencing barriers to learning or assessment, contact the Student Accessibility Resources office at (573) 875-7626 or sar@ccis.edu to discuss a range of options to removing barriers in the course, including accommodations.
  • For students who are experiencing conflict which is impacting their educational environment, contact the Office of Student Conduct at studentconduct@ccis.edu or (573) 875-7877.
  • For students who have concerns related to discrimination or harassment based on sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy or parental status, please contact the Title IX Office at titleixcoordinator@ccis.edu. More information can be found at http://www.ccis.edu/policies/notice-of-non-discrimination-and-equal-opportunity.aspx

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.  Late submissions for Dropbox assignments in Weeks 1-7 will receive a deduction of 5 points for every 24-hour period that passes from the due date. Beyond 5 full days, you will receive a 0 on the assignment. If you miss a quiz during Weeks 1-7, you may make it up, but will receive a deduction of 2 points for every 24-hour period that passes from the due date. Beyond 5 full days, you will receive a 0 on the assignment. There are no allowances for late assignments that go beyond midnight on Saturday of week 8.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

  Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.