2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

CRIM 46302 Police and Society

This course is an introduction to police in American society. The material is organized around the development and structure of the police as an integral part of the criminal justice system. The course addresses issues such as the tension between the coercive power of the police and the expectations of freedom in American society, the ability of the police to deal with crime, the nature and effects of police subculture, issues of profiling, stereotyping, corruption, and policing strategies for improving effectiveness and community relations. It is cross-listed with SOC 35375 Police and Society.