CRIJ 2328
Police Systems and Practices
Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description:  This course examines the establishment, role, and function of police in a democratic society. It will focus on type of police agencies and their organizational structure, police-community interaction, police ethics, and the use of authority.
    2. Prerequisites: None
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Describe the types of police agencies and explain the role of police in America within the context of a democratic society
    2. Describe means and methods utilized to ensure police accountability
    3. Explain the historical development of policing
    4. Describe the selection process for police officers
    5. Compare and contrast organizational structures, policies, strategies, and tactics employed to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, and equity
  3. Online Testing Requirements
    1. The midterm and final exam must be proctored by an approved testing organization. (Ask your instructor for more details.)
    2. Students are not allowed to use their book or notes of any kind while taking their proctored tests and exams.
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. Exams:  There will be four major exams spaced throughout the semester.  Exam questions may include any combination of the following: True/false, multiple choice, fill in the blanks, short answer, and essay.
    2. Writing Assignments:  There will be several writing assignments spaced throughout the semester.
    3. Collaborative Exercises:  There will be multiple collaborative exercises spaced throughout the semester.  Each of these assignments will require you to work with your peers analyzing/discussing documents, articles, and other information relating to the study of Criminal Justice.
  5. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Required Book:  Policing America: Challenges and Best Practices. 8th Edition. Peak. Pearson. ISBN-10: 0133495655  |  ISBN-13: 978-0133495652
  6. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates:  Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Class Attendance
    7. Students with disabilities
  7. Course Sequence & Content



Reading Assignments

Week 1

History: From English Origins to the U.S.

 Chapter 1, Reading Quiz, Discussion

Week 2

Preparing for the Street: Recruiting, Training, Socialization

 Chapter 2, Reading Quiz, Discussion

Week 3

On Patrol: Methods and Menaces

 Chapter 3, Reading Quiz, Discussion

Week 4

Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving,

Chapter 4, Reading Quiz, Discussion

Week 5

Criminal Investigation: The Science of Sleuthing, Exam One

Chapter 5, Reading Quiz , No discussion forum, Article One Research Analysis

Week 6

Personnel Issues and Practices: Stress, Labor Relations, Higher Education, Private Police

Chapter 6, Reading Quiz, Discussion

Week 7

Rule of Law: Expounding the Constitution

Chapter 7, Reading Quiz, Discussion

Week 8

Accountability: Ethics, Use of Force, Corruption, and Discipline                                        

Chapter 8, Reading Quiz, Discussion

Week 9

Civil Liability: Failing the Public Trust, Exam Two

 Chapter 9, Reading Quiz,  No discussion forum, Article Two Research Analysis

Week 10

Federal and State Agencies: Protecting Our Borders and Freedoms

 Chapter 10, Reading Quiz, Discussion

Week 11

Municipal and County Agencies: Organization, Administration, and Roles

 Chapter 11, Reading Quiz, Discussion

Week 12

Pursuing Criminal Syndicates: Terrorists, the Mob, Gangs, Drug Traffickers, Exam Three

Chapter 12, Reading Quiz, No discussion forum

Week 13

Addressing "People Problems”

Chapter 13, Reading Quiz, Discussion  

Week 14

Technology Review

Chapter 14, Reading Quiz, Discussion

Week 15

Dead Week, Careers in Law Enforcement

Week 16

Final Exam


Disclaimer:  Sequence & Content is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.


Last Modified/Reviewed: May 9, 2019