CJS3610 Ethical Decisions in Policing

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Prof. Tari Colon

Course Description:

This course will examine current issues related to ethics in the field of criminal justice. Students will become familiar with the ethical challenges that arise in the criminal justice profession. Students will become familiar with the practical issues that generate interaction between ethics and criminal justice. Students will be exposed to various theories that may provide practical application of the theories, including biblical and contemporary theories. Students will develop a better understanding of moral and ethical dilemmas confronting the criminal justice field and how these dilemmas may be resolved successfully.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Any minister, lay leader, or mission minded believer engaging persons within the law enforcement community as well as active community members will inevitably be asked or ask themselves questions related to criminal justice ethics. Those within the criminal justice profession seeking to live out a missional calling through their work would benefit from a structured and guided engagement of ethical issues in criminal justice. These issues are briefly touched in criminal justice training, and most criminal justice professionals are drawn to courses like this after they have gained some experienced in law enforcement. Due to the current state, members of the community would benefit a better understanding of the ethical issues law enforcement faces

Why This Course Is Important:

Criminal Justice Ethics is a hot topic. The pillars of ethics and ethical theories flow largely out of religious thought and tradition. Secular institutions in the criminal justice system are continually wrestling with ethical issues, and they are actually wrestling with ideas that have long been explored in the Christian faith. It would benefit the larger mission of God for mission-minded individuals with training in criminal justice ethics to be sitting on ethics committees, civilian review boards, and law enforcement review boards by acting as an influential voice to the ever-changing landscape of criminal justice.