CJS4600 Community Policing

Course Overview

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

Course Description:

This course will examine proactive community-oriented policing and problem solving (COPPS) in the context of changes in police department and communities. Students will examine the evolution of Community Policing, the relationship between law enforcement and the community, policing philosophy, implementation of COPPS, and methods to evaluate COPPS initiatives. Students will use Community Policing philosophy into a law enforcement agency not currently using a Community Policing strategy.

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 ask themselves questions related to law enforcement practices. Those within the criminal justice profession seeking to live out a missional calling through their work would benefit from a structured and guided engagement about Community Policing. With law enforcement no longer being the sole guardians of law and order, all community members become allies in the goal of safety and quality of neighborhoods. Due to the current state, members of the community would benefit a better understanding of and knowledge of Community Policing.

Why This Course Is Important:

Community Policing has far-reaching application. The outlook on crime prevention and control, the emphasis on making community members active participants in the process of problem solving, and law enforcements role in Community Policing require changes within law enforcement organizations. By reinvigorating communities is essential to creating vital neighborhoods and breaking down barriers of mistrust so that meaningful partnerships between community members and law enforcement can be achieved. This application of community has long been explored in the Christian faith. It would benefit the larger mission of God for mission-minded individuals with training in criminal justice as well as community members to become an active member of a Community Policing program.