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CJ 104 - Introduction to Law Enforcement

5 Credits
This is an introductory course to law enforcement in the United States. The course will cover the evolution of American policing; law enforcement department and administration structure; issues of ethics, professionalism, and discretion; the roles and functions of American law enforcement and how police work with other Criminal Justice agencies.


Quarters Typically Offered
Fall Day
Designed to Serve All persons interested in the justice system.
Active Date 20210311T08:49:58

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
ProfTech Course Yes
Restricted Elective Yes
PLA Eligible Yes

Course Outline
  • History of Policing in the United States
  • Law Enforcement Agencies and their Organization 
  • Core Police Functions 
  • Policing and the Law 
  • Police Discretion
  • Ethics

Student Learning Outcomes
Describe the historical evolution of policing and how it differed by location.

Identify and describe law enforcement department organization and administration structure.

Discuss key components of discretion, ethics, code of conduct, professionalism, and integrity as it relates to modern, democratic policing.

Identify and describe law enforcement’s main functions and how police work with other parts of the criminal justice system.

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