Curriculum

Law and Police Policy Seminar

Credits: 2.00
Faculty: John Walsh, Rae Koshetz

This seminar explores the ways in which civil, administrative, criminal and constitutional law, as made and interpreted by legislatures and the courts, translates into police policy. Students read about, discuss and learn from police experts the complexities of interpretation and implementation that determine police responses to various enforcement situations. The seminar will scrutinize the processes by which decisions made at the highest levels of police organization as well as by the cop on the beat become police policy, examine the complex internal dynamics of police organizations, evaluate the internal discipline and the civilian complaint process, and take a critical look at proposals for change made by leading commentators on the subject.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade only. Grades will be based upon classroom participation and a research paper which may be used to satisfy the Upperclass Writing Requirement.