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Introduction to Law Enforcement

Introduction to Law Enforcement measures knowledge and understanding of the “foundations of policing in the United States today.” (Walker, Samuel, and Charles M. Katz, The Police in America: An Introduction, fourth ed., McGraw-Hill, New York, 2002, p. xxiii.) The exam will require you to demonstrate the following competencies: • Knowledge of basic facts and terms (about 65-70% of the exam) • Application of concepts and principles (about 25-30% of the exam) Topics covered in this course are: • History and Professional Movement of Law Enforcement o Precolonial heritage and contemporary forces of change o Contributions of Wilson, Vollmer, and others • Overview of United States Criminal Justice System o Role of courts o Role of police o Role of corrections o The criminal justice process o Measurement of crime • Police Systems in the United States o Federal (FBI, CIA, Treasure agents) o State o Local o Special district police agencies (e.g., housing, transportation) o Role of police (order – maintenance, arresting, service) • Police Organization, Management, and Issues o Operations o Community relations o Police issues o Community policing o Women and other minorities in policing • United States Law and Precedents (Taken from “Introduction to Law Enforcement,” DSST Dantes Subject Standardized Tests, The Chauncey Group International.)

The required textbook(s) for the Traditional course are listed below.

  • The Police in America   
      8th by Samuel Walker, Charles Katz - Mc Graw Hill,
    ISBN 9780078026546