BCJ 400 Theory and Practices of Law Enforcement

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BCJ 400 Theory and Practices of Law Enforcement

3 Semester Units

Theory and Practices of Law Enforcement discusses the historical background and development of the law enforcement field as we know it today. The course presents a detailed view of law enforcement philosophies, operations, tactics, strategies, and processes and highlights the essential critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills necessary for law enforcement practitioners as they provide services to increasingly diverse communities. The course emphasizes the multi-jurisdictional complexities of policing in the United States and abroad and the need for inter-agency cooperation in sharing accurate, timely, and relevant information in a post-9/11 world.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss traditional policing and police professionalization.
  • Compare and contrast basic policing functions and units.
  • Apply the laws of search and seizure, arrest, and interrogation.
  • Apply the principles of investigation and evidence collection.
  • Examine policing in multicultural communities.
  • Analyze the advances in policing and new technologies.
  • Examine the concepts of community policing and problem solving.
  • Outline the standards required for police recruitment and retention.


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