This course examines the establishment, role and function of police in a democratic society. It will focus on types of police agencies and their organizational structure, police-community interaction, police ethics, and use of authority.

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Describe the types of police agencies and explain the role of police in America within the context of a democratic society
  • Describe means and methods utilized to ensure police accountability
  • Explain the historical development of policing
  • Describe the selection process for police officers
  • Compare and contrast organizational structures, policies, strategies and tactics employed to ensure police effectiveness, efficiency and equity

Grade Basis: L
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture hours: 48.0