Criminal Justice-COLL | Police in Contemporary Society
P301 | 26632 | Verma
Course Description: This course presents an overview of the role of
police in contemporary society. Attention is given to the origins
of policing, the nature of police organizations and police work, and
patterns of relations between the police and the public. Topics
include the history of law enforcement in America; theories of
policing; the strengths and weaknesses of present day law
enforcement; the relationship of the police to other components of
the criminal justice system; and systemic and personal factors that
challenge police today, including officer safety, police misconduct,
the use of force, professional ethics and community relations.
Presented in a bi-weekly lecture format with opportunity for
discussion, this course seeks to acquaint the student with the study
of police from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The course
assists students gain insight on the role police play in society,
especially useful for those interested in a law enforcement
1. To become familiar with the history and origins of policing.
2. To understand enforcement techniques used by police.
3. To understand the function and organization of the police.
4. To gain insight into police culture and the problems facing
Mid-Term Examinations (2) 30% each
Final Examination 40%
The examinations consist of multiple choice and short essay
Required Text: tentatively
1. Roberg, Crank and Kuykendall, Police and Society, 3rd Ed.
(available Fall 2004), Roxbury.
2. Baker, Cops: Their Lives in Their Own Words,
Class meeting: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00-2:15
Instructor: Anthony Sommer, criminal justice department