This course will examine the relationship between the police and the community from several different perspectives. We will start with an introduction to the history, practices and issues related to the law enforcement function in our society, followed by an overview of police functions and responsibilities at the local, state, and federal levels. Police operations will be examined relative to effectiveness in crime control, delivery of services, and maintenance of order. We will review contemporary policy issues, programs and strategies. Finally, we will examine existing programs, problems, and potential directions as well as successes and failures in policing. Primary emphasis will be placed on community policing and its impact on policing in the 21st century. Three credit hours.
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