NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

Introduction to Policing

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Policing
    B. Course Number: LA 113P - 10908
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: M T W Th F 9:30:00 AM - 9:59:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Fons, August
    G. Office: Bob Moran Hall (MB) 139
    H. Email Address: AFons@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2721
    J. Office Hours:
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): With permission of Director of Public Safety & Community Services
    M. Corequisite(s): N/A
    N. Class Location: BMH146
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course is an introduction in the study of law enforcement and policing in America. It will explore diversity and critically evaluate the direction and trends in modern police agencies. The student will become familiar with the names, phrases, and concepts that are routinely used by those involved in the study of crime and the workings of the criminal justice system. This is a 3 credit hour course.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    This course is designed for either current law enforcement personnel or those students with an interest in pursuing a career in criminal justice with an emphasis in law enforcement. Students must check with their advisor/counselor to determine transferability.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    Academy handouts and study guides to be issued on the first day of class.

    Suggested:
    None.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    
  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior Collegeís institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Upon completion of this course the student will have a broad overview of the role of a law enforcement officer and their responsibilities in the community as well as the function of specialized units of law enforcement agencies.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

    1. Identify and discuss the overall objectives of police field operations including defense of life and property, participative law enforcement, prevention of criminal and delinquent behavior, identification/apprehension and conviction of offenders, traffic flow and collision reduction.
    2. Explain types of police patrol, responsibilities of police patrol, patrol
    hazards, surveillance, specialized patrol, community and team
    policing.
    3. Identify witness requirement, factors in perception, description and
    identification of persons and property.
    4. Describe and discuss interpersonal communications, police communications systems, media communications and guidelines for radio operations.
    5. Explain field note taking and crime scene recording, aspects of police report writing including purpose and preparation, and use of records and files.
    6. Describe the techniques and components of interviews/interrogations, objectives and legality and methods of field interviews.
    7. List and discuss various types of patrol assignments including Missing persons, Intoxication, Domestic Disturbances, Crisis Intervention, Mentally and Emotionally Disturbed Persons, Rescue and First Aid.

  10. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at specialneeds@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether itís a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by TBA. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  11. CRITICAL INCIDENT AND EVACUATION PLAN
  12. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  13. FINALS SCHEDULE
  14. COURSE OUTLINE

    As per training schedule.