This course is an introduction to the role of law enforcement in a constitutionally-based criminal justice system. An emphasis will be placed on the historical development of the law enforcement function. The current practices of policing, the challenges and rewards of careers in law enforcement, and the dilemmas inherent in policing a free society will be explored. This course is designed to provide students with realistic expectations about policing as well as to promote critical thinking about the appropriate role of the police in society.

Elisabeth Copeland

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