Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: CRIJ-2328- Section: 71
Police Systems and Practice
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Instructor Information
Instructor Doneane Beckcom
Phone(409) 984-6548
Location:Student Center - Room: 415
Hours:Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8AM - Noon; otherwise by appointment
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Course Information
Description This course examines the establishment, role and function of police in a democratic society. It will focus on types of police agencies and their organizational structure, police-community interaction, police ethics, and use of authority.
Prerequisites None.
Learning Outcomes Course Student Learning Outcomes:

PSLO Alpha measured by pretest/posttest
All other PSLO's measured by embedded test questions and online discussion board questions.

1. Describe the American Judicial Systems (civil, criminal, juvenile), their jurisdiction, development, and structure (PSLO 1, 2, 5 Alpha)

2. Analyze the function and dynamics of the court room working group (PSLO 1, 2, 5 Alpha)

3. Identify the judicial processes from pretrial to appeal (PSLO 1, 2, 5 Alpha)

4. Describe the significant Constitutional Amendments, doctrines, and other sources of law in the American Judicial System (PSLO 3, 2)
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Police Operations; Hess, Orthman, latest edition
ISBN: 978-1-2850-5262-5

Suggested: download the Student Resources from the Cengage website for this book. We will NOT use MindTap, but you can access PowerPoints, outlines, and study guides for each chapter.
Lecture Topics
1. Police Operations in Context.
2. Communication: The Foundation of Police Operations.
3. Operational Skills: Performing within the Law.
4. Patrol: The Backbone of Police Operations.
5. Traffic: Policing in a Country on the Move.
6. Crime, Disorder and Quality-of-Life Issues: Responding to the Call.
7. Violence: At Home, in the Classroom, on the Job.
8. Emergency Situations: When Disaster Strikes.
9. Terrorism: From Hometown Security to Homeland Security.
10. Criminal Investigation.
11. Responding to Children and Juveniles: Our Nation's Future.
12. Gangs and Drugs: Two National Threats.
13. Physical and Mental Health Issues: Keeping Fit for Duty.
14. Liability and Ethics: Is It Legal? Is It Moral?
Major Assignments
Week 1 Introduction Read Chapter 1, watch video lecture, participate in discussion board

Week 2 Read Chapter 2, watch video lecture, participate in discussion board

Week 3 Read Chapter 3, watch video lecture, participate in discussion board

Week 4 Read Chapter 4, watch video lecture, participate in discussion board

Week 5 Read Chapter 5, Test 1, watch video lecture, participate in discussion board

Week 6 Read Chapter 6, watch video lecture, participate in discussion board

Week 7 Read Chapter 7, watch video lecture, participate in discussion board

Week 8 Read Chapter 8, watch video lecture, participate in discussion board

Week 9 Spring Break, Read Chapter 9, watch video lecture, participate in discussion board

Week 10 Read Chapter 10, Test 2, watch video lecture, participate in discussion board

Week 11 Read Chapter 11, watch video lecture, participate in discussion board

Week 12 Read Chapter 12 , Test 3, watch video lecture, participate in discussion board

Week 13 Read Chapter 13, watch video lecture, participate in discussion board

Week 14 Read Chapter 14, watch video lecture, participate in discussion board

Week 15 Review for final


Final Exam Date May 6, 2021 - 8:0 AM   Through  May 13, 2021 - 12:0 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Tests: 80%
Discussions: 10%
Attendance: 10%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies The best way to reach me is via email. If you need to discuss grades, please make an appointment to see me at my office or via phone.
Attendance Policy Regular attendance is required. As this is an online class, weekly log in to the course is required. A student who does not log in for 4 consecutive weeks will have a VERY difficult time catching up and being successful in this class. Make a schedule and stick to it!
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus E-mail and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal (My.LamarPA.edu). When you've logged in, click the email icon in the upper right-hand corner to check email, or click on the "My Courses" tab to get to your Course Homepage. Click the link to your course and review the information presented. It is important that you check your email and Course Homepage regularly. You can also access your grades, transcripts, and determine who your academic advisor is by using MyLSCPA.
Other The BEST way to reach me is via email.

ALL TESTS ARE ONLINE VIA BLACKBOARD. If you have an emergency during a test (BB glitches, internet goes down, etc.) you can TEXT me at 409-718-8613 (between 8AM and 7PM, NO EARLIER OR LATER!).

I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must make an appointment and we will meet via ZOOM or you can come to campus if you are comfortable doing that.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Business and Industrial Technology
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.