2022-2023 Pierce College Catalog 
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2022-2023 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CJ 150 Introduction to Policing (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled General Transfer Elective
Course Description
An examination of the history, philosophy, and current practices and cultural challenges of policing including the social, political, organizational, and legal environments where the police perform their roles in the United States of America.

Course Content
1. a broad range of policing and law enforcement terminology
2. origins and historical evolution of policing, and how that evolution impacts current policy and practice
3. basic patrol procedures, investigative processes, crime control theories/practices, and operations
4. the law enforcement department organization, special units, and administration structure from local to federal levels
5. various policing agencies, both public and private, and their jurisdictions in the local, state, and federal governments
6. the role and responsibility of discretion, ethics, accountability, code of conduct, corruption, professionalism, police culture, sub-culture, vicarious trauma, and integrity and how these impact the field of law enforcement
7. psychological, physical, and physiological impact of being a law enforcement professional
8. how diversity issues, bias’, and use of force by law enforcement affects civilians and community relations
9. relationship between politics, crime, the media, and policing in current society
10. legal limitations placed upon the exercise of police powers in the United States of America
11. student’s personal bias’, values and beliefs associated with criminal justice and policing issues
12. how technology has evolved and impacted policing
13. the impact of the policing policy through an intersectional and multicultural lens

Student Outcomes
1. Students will analyze the components and processes of law enforcement system.

2. Students will communicate diverse perspectives and impacts of the law enforcement system on groups of people through an historical, intersectional, and multicultural lens. Students will engage with, discuss, and analyze contemporary issues, (e.g. social movements, legislation, media), in the law enforcement systems through an intersectional and multicultural lens.

3. Students will explore their positionality and biases and how these impact their view of the law enforcement system.

Degree Outcomes
Programs Outcome: Graduates will critically assess their own attitudes, values and assumptions and consider their impact on individuals and the wider society.

Information Competency: Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.

Lecture Contact Hours 50
Lab Contact Hours 0
Clinical Contact Hours 0
Total Contact Hours 50

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