LST 610 Introduction to Policing


This course will provide students with an in-depth examination of the law enforcement sub-system of the criminal justice system. Topics will include historical precedents to American systems, the diversity of agencies and their roles, the internal components of agencies, and their interrelationships with other system components and other social and legal agents and agencies.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Acquire an informed understanding of the basic concepts in policing.
  • Recognize the major sources of data on the effectiveness of policing.
  • Examine the historical evolution of the role of policing in a modern society.
  • Analyze strategies, tactics, and methods in policing.
  • Examine police systems and their role in democratic societies.
  • Appreciate the basic differences between good and bad policing.
  • Understand emerging and international forms of policing.