CRJ-132: Police Administration – Staff and Line Operations

Liberal Arts
Social Sciences
Criminal Justice
Academic Level
Course Subject
Criminal Justice
Course Number
Course Title
Police Administration – Staff and Line Operations
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Completion of CRJ-131, with a grade of C or better.
Catalog Course Description

Focuses on uniformed police operations, both patrol and traffic, as well as principles of organization, management, planning, and crime prevention.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. What are the various roles of police in today’s society
    • Explain the various roles of the police in the U.S.
  2. Understanding the recruitment/selection program for law
    • List the steps in the recruitment/selection process of police officers
  3. What is the police subculture?
    • Explain the three characteristics of the police subculture
    • Define the code of silence
  4. The operation and function of police organizations
    • Describe the various operations and functions of policing in the United States
  5. Ethical decisions in policing
    • Discuss the issue of ethics in policing
    • Explain racial profiling
  6. New strategies in police organizations
    • Explain the contemporary strategies in policing
    • Discuss the difference between reactive and proactive policing
    • Examine the concept of community policing
  7. Stress in policing
    • Identify the sources of police stress
    • Discuss the hazards in policing
    • List ways police officers typically cope with stress
  8. Issues of police misconduct
    • Define illegal arrest
    • Distinguish between excessive force and fatal force
    • Discuss ways to reduce misconduct
  9. Patrol Operations
  10. Community Policing

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • The primary methods to assess the achievement of learning objectives will be written exams (both multiple choice and essay).
  • Additionally, students will do an oral presentation demonstrating knowledge of a topic relevant to policing
  • Students will complete a 4-5 page essay regarding critical thinking aspects of the course. This essay will incorporate issues on fatal force, racial profiling, community policing, etc.


General Education Categories
  • Social Sciences
Institutional Outcomes
  • Civil Society and Culture - U.S. and Global
MTA Categories
  • Category 4: Social Sciences
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2022
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Fall 2022