2024-2025 Yavapai College Catalog 
    Jul 12, 2024  
2024-2025 Yavapai College Catalog

AJS 230 - The Police Function

Description: History and development, procedures and methods of operations of law enforcement agencies. Role of the individual law enforcement officer. Career opportunities and the hiring process.

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Lab: 0

Course Content:
  1. Historical overview and development of law enforcement agencies 
  2. Structure and jurisdiction of modern law enforcement agencies 
  3. Roles, functions, and operations of law enforcement in modern society 
  4. Law enforcement organization and management 
  5. Discretionary powers of the law enforcement officer 
  6. Professionalism and ethical issues related to law enforcement 
  7. Job-related problems of the individual officer 
  8. Hiring process and training 

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Trace the history and development of early law enforcement agencies. (1) 
  2. Explain the role of law enforcement in terms of patrol, investigation, traffic enforcement, and crime prevention. (1-3, 5-7) 
  3. Identify the typical chain of command in law enforcement agencies. (2-4, 8) 
  4. Define discretion as related to law enforcement and describe the internal and external mechanisms which influence and control discretion. (5) 
  5. Describe current issues in law enforcement related to use of force, liability and community interaction and influence. (5-7)