CRIM 401: Policing in America

CRIM 401-003: Policing in America
(Fall 2022)

01:30 PM to 04:10 PM M

Krug Hall 242

Section Information for Fall 2022

This course is an introduction to policing in the United States. Using the term Police, I am also including Sheriff’s Offices and deputies. By the end of this course, students will be introduced to: 

  1. The history of the police.
  2. Police operational policies & duties.
  3. The complex nature of police culture.
  4. Constitutional Policing and Fair & Impartial Policing
  5. The different types of police agencies in the United States.
  6. The relationship of the police to the community and to the criminal justice system. 

The course will also cover current issues in policing, such as police use of force, technology, and the role of police in terrorism prevention. 

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Fundamental issues relevant to contemporary public policing in America: role and history of police; impact on crime, disorder, and other social problems; discretion and its control; moral hazards; police legitimacy and public support; police culture and the police organization; and community policing. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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