Course Summary
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12 -- 15 weeks (92.4 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Introduction to Policing


The course objective is to provide students an overview of the police and their mission. It examines the evolution of policing as well as methods, issues, and challenges to present-day policing. The course also looks at technology in the service of law enforcement and explores the future of policing.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the impact that history has had on the current law enforcement system
  • Analyze the use of forensic science and criminalistics in the criminal justice system
  • Analyze laws as related to policing
  • Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to define terms related to law enforcement
  • Examine the organization of law enforcement
  • Examine the roles, functions, and styles of policing
  • Examine challenges faced by law enforcement
  • Appraise the use of technology in policing
  • And analyze issues related to policing in foreign countries

General Course Topics:

  • Historical development of law enforcement and its agencies
  • The police
  • The organization of law enforcement
  • The patrol function
  • Forensic science and criminalistics
  • Challenges to policing
  • Law and liability
  • Police accountability
  • Policing issues and trends
  • Policing in foreign countries
  • Policing and technology
  • The future of law enforcement
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

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