Course Syllabus Outline

211 Introduction to Law Enforcement Sec. 101 CRN 4

Fall 2007

SH 418 T/R 0930-1045



Name: Sam Dameron

Office: Smith Hall 773

Office Ph.#: 304-696-2568 (CJMU)

Dept. Fax: 304-696-3085


Office hours: Posted on my door and Webpage, or by appointment



Required text


Peak, K. J. (2006). Policing America: Methods, issues, challenges (5th ed.) Upper Saddle River, NJ:
      Pearson/Prentice Hall.



Course Description


      Designed to examine the philosophical and historical background of law enforcement in the United States. Addresses constitutional limitations on law enforcement, objectives of law enforcement, and processes of law enforcement.





Prerequisite: None



Computer Requirements


      A student must have access to a computer. A personal computer or the use of on campus computers will do. A student must have basic computer skills, be able to complete assignments in Microsoft Word, and receive emails via your Marshall account.



Desired Learning Objectives


1. Students will learn the history and philosophy of policing

2. Students will be able to identify general concepts and practices of policing.

3. Students will write a term paper about policing using good grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

4. Students will be able to use APA guidelines for their research paper and bibliography.



Evaluation of Objectives


      Students’ performance will be measured through quizzes, tests, writing assignments, and a short paper.



Paper Guidelines


     Papers must be written and typed according to APA guidelines with correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.  The paper must include five sources of different types.  Only one of the sources can be from a webpage and no encyclopedias can be used.  The paper must be six to eight pages in length, including the cover sheet, abstract, and works cited page.



Attendance Policy/ Participation Policy

      Role will be taken at each class.  If you are not there when the role is taken you will not be recorded as present.  There is no penalty for absences except in the case of a quiz, assignment due, or test.  Absence for a quiz, assignment, or test must be pre-approved by the instructor or an excuse consistent with the University Excused Absence Policy of the current 2007-2008 Online Marshall University Undergraduate Catalog must be presented to make up a missed quiz, assignment, or exam. Missed tests, assignments, or quizzes will result in a grade of zero.
     During testing sessions, once any student has left the classroom no student will be allowed to take the test and any student who comes to take the test after a student has left the classroom will receive a zero.  If a student comes late to take an examination their paper will be taken when the assigned test conclusion time is reached, the studnet will not receive an extension to complete the examination







Exam 1





Exam 2





Exam 3 (Final)





Cover Sheet






























Grading Scale





A= 900 & above

B = 800-899

C = 700-799

D = 600-699


F= 599 & under






CLASS SCHEDULE (Dates Included)


University Dates/Important Dates



Week 1

Introduction to material

Historical Development Ch 1)


Classes Begin August 20

Aug. 24th – Last day to add classes

Aug. 20st- Aug. 24th

Week 2

Law Enforcement Levels and Functions Chapter 1 cont. Ch 2


August 27th
Withdraw period begins 

Aug. 27th- Sept 31st  

Week 3

Police Subculture Chapter 3

Cover Sheet Due, Sep 7


September 1st - 3rd

No Class Labor Day


Sept. 3rd – Sept. 7th

Week 4

 Organization & Administration Ch 4
Sept 13, Exam 1


September 14th
Application for Dec. Graduation Due in Dean’s Office

Sept. 10th – Sept. 14th 

Week 5

 CH 4 Cont., On Patrol: Methods and Menaces (Chapter 5)
Abstract Due, Sep 20


September 21
Last Day to Drop 1st 8Week Courses

Sept. 17th –Sept. 21st


Week 6

Ch 5 cont. Community Oriented Policing (chapter 6)


Sept. 24th – Sept. 28th 

Week 7

Criminal Investigation: The science and Detection (chapter 7)

Bibliography Due, Oct 12


Oct. 1st – Oct. 5th 

Week 8

Extraordinary Problems & methods (Ch 8)

 (Chapters 5-8)

October 9 Mid-semester

October 10
2nd 8 Week Courses Begin

Oct. 8th – Oct. 12th

Week 9

The Rule of Law (Ch 9)

October 15
Deadline for Submitting Freshmen Mid-term Grades


Oct. 15th  –Oct. 19th 

Week 10

 Accountability and Ethics (Ch 10)
 Oct 23, Exam 2


October 26
Last Day to Drop a Full Semester Individual Course

Oct. 22nd – Oct. 26th

Week 11

 Ch 10 Cont.

Civil Liability (chapter 11)
Paper Due, Oct. 29


Oct 29-Dec 4
Complete Withdrawals Only

Nov 1-3 LAE Regionals

Oct 29th .– Nov. 2nd

Week 12

 Issues and Trends Ch 12



November 5-16
Advanced Registration for Currently Enrolled Students
Nov 9

Last Day to Drop a 2nd 8 Week Course

Nov 8-9WVCJEA Meeting

Nov. 5th – Nov. 9th 

Week 13

Technology Review, Ch 14


Nov. 12th – Nov. 16th  

Week 14


 Nov 19-24
Thanksgiving Break/ Fall Break No Classes

Nov 19-Dec 11 Advanced Registration Open to All Admitted Students

Nov 22-23 University Holiday

Nov. 19th  Nov. 23rd 

Week 15

Focus on the Future, Ch 15

Wednesday Nov. 28–Dec. 4 (Tuesday). Dead week.

Nov. 26th – Nov. 30th  

Week 16

Review and Catch Up

 Dec. 5 Study Day

Dec. 6 Exams begin

Dec. 3rd – Dec. 7th

Week 17

Tuesday December 11 from 0800 to 1000, Final Examination

Dec 10-11 Exam Days

Scheduled Exams

Grading Inquiries

      Student materials will be returned as soon as graded to the student. If the student has a question about a grade on an assignment, the student must bring the assignment to the professor. No grade inquiries about specific assignments will be explored without the questioned assignment. It is the students’ responsibility to keep their materials. Final examinations and materials not picked up will be kept in my office for 30 days into the next regular semester. A student may pick up their final examination and other materials after grades are turned in for the semester until thirty days into the next semester. At that time, finals and all other material not claimed will be destroyed.

Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty

       Plagiarism is the use of another’s thoughts or ideas and claming them as your own.  This includes quoting without citing, but also includes paraphrasing another’s work without giving them credit.

       Plagiarism or academic dishonesty, such as cheating on quizzes or exams, will result in an “F” for the assignment or course and reporting of the violation to the Academic Affairs Office, as a minimum.

Based on Keith Bell’s CJ 211 Syllabus