Blue Ridge 129
Section Information for Spring 2017
This course is designed to provide the student with effective methods and tools for confronting and thwarting gang violence in our communities. We will study prioritizing criminal investigations of gang crime focused on disruption, and dismantlement through effective prosecution in court.
The course will include understanding the sociological phenomenon which leads to gang membership. The mores or rules gangs rely on to maintain their existence and their hold on a community. The goals of criminal investigative responses that are most effective in reducing violence, and disrupting the illegal business enterprises used by gangs to fund and continue their illegal activities. Students will be introduced to some of most important research studies on the Sociology and Psychology of Urban Gangs in this country. Students will learn how to coordinate the use of crime scene examinations to provide the kind of forensic science connectivity needed to successfully prosecute a Gang. Finally, Students will be introduced to State and Federal statutes that have proven most effective when prosecuting individual gang members and gang conspiracies.
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Topics vary. May be used to fulfill requirements for different concentrations in the BS in criminology, law, and society depending on the topic. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits when topic is different.