CRJU 4600 - Police Practices and Issues


An advanced examination of policing, exploring topics including the police subculture, the police use of discretion, the broken-windows approach, community policing, and problem-solving approaches.

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Comprehend major forces, events, influences and ideas that have shaped the practice of policing.
  2. Analyze and understand issues important to the relationships among the police, other institutions, and the public, including police discretion and accountability.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of issues of concern to law enforcement, including police culture and use of force.
  4. Demonstrate competence in written communication on issues involving policing, producing well-organized writing that meets conventional standards of correctness.
  • Module 1: Introduction and Historical Overview of Policing
  • Module 2: Police socialization and the police subculture
  • Module 3: Management & Organization
  • Module 4: Issues in policing
  • Module 5: Community-based policing
  • Module 6: Use of force
  • Module 7: The future of policing
  • Module 8: The wrap-up

Credit Hours

Criminal Justice


  • CRJU 1100

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