Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

CRJ 211: Police in America

General Information

  • Name: Police in America
  • Discipline: Criminal Justice (CRJ)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Career and Technical Education

Prerequisites and Recommended Courses

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Explores the historical development, roles, socialization, and problems of police work.

II: Course Objectives

  • Describe the historical development of police in America
  • Categorize the different agencies in state and federal police
  • Assess the concerns about small police agencies
  • Analyze the roles and functions of the police
  • Explain the influence of research on law enforcement agencies
  • Identify the organization and administration of police agencies
  • Label different organizations in terms of union and non-union
  • Demonstrate knowledge in the function of patrol in terms of: 1. Personnel, 2: Methods, 3. Operations
  • Organize a criminal investigation
  • Examine extraordinary problems and methods
  • Discuss the rules of law and the court process
  • Discuss different careers in law enforcement
  • Examine NRS 289, Peace Office Bill of Rights
  • Discuss constitutional guarantees to Peace Officers

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

The General Education Mission is to provide students with a core foundation of critical life skills with which to improve their lives. This course addresses the following Student Learning Objectives of the General Education Mission by ensuring that successful students:

  • Are able to demonstrate college level reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Can engage in meaningful self assessments and work effectively with others.
  • Utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
  • Have knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate to the emphasis of their degree.
  • Develop and improve their creative abilities.
  • Appreciate the value and importance of diversity, ethics, and public service.


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