Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Analyze and discuss the rationale for community involvement in crime
2. Examine the demographic structure of a community.
3. Illustrate the process of classifying a minority, ethnic, or interest
4. Compare and contrast operational principals within the criminal
justice system and the community.
5. Critique current conflicting issues between communities
and the criminal justice system.
6. Compare and contrast the conflicts between the court, corrections,
police and juvenile justice systems.
7. Recognize and analyze the methodologies used to gain insight into
viable ways to determine a community's need for service.
8. Evaluate professionalism within criminal justice agencies.
9. Describe, compare and contrast the various local, state, and federal
laws related to hate crimes.
10. Describe and summarize the historical nature and perspectives
associated with sexual harassment.
11. Analyze and weigh the psychological responses to stress and
12. Identify and list the various provisions of the law relating to
13. Compare and contrast cultural differences within the community.
14. Compare and contrast special populations within the community.
15. Analyze new issues in criminal justice.
I. Why Community Relations?
B. High cost of crime
C. The meaning of community relations
D. The need for community interaction
E. The function of law versus human interaction
F. The responsibility of government
G. The passage of power to the Federal government
H. Misconceptions in school instruction
I. Law enforcement units as social agents
J. Obstacles to community program success
K. The investigator as a community relations agent
II. The Structure of the Community
B. Key elements of a community
1. Geographical limits
2. Demographic characteristics
C. Factors that make people different
D. The areas of conflict in a community
E. Community attitudes toward the police
III. Law Enforcement, Judiciary and Corrections
B. Law enforcement problems
C. Courts and judicial problems
D. Corrections problems
IV. The Criminal Justice system and the Community
A. Implementing human relations under law
B. Conflicts between the community and the criminal justice system
C. Peace officer training
D. Critical community problems
E. Society in transition
V. Minority Groups in the Community
B. Discrimination, prejudice and bias
C. Change and tension: Minorities' struggle for power
D. Law enforcement contact with Asian/Pacific Americans, African
Americans, Latino/Hispanic Americans, Arab/Middle Eastern Americans,
E. Economics: A different justice for rich and poor
F. Minorities of the police culture
G. Hostile attitudes versus police malpractice
H. Other key minority groups and special populations
1. Children and youth
3. Mental illness/mentally handicapped
4. Physically handicapped
5. Gay/Lesbian/Transgender populations
6. Special targeted minorities
VI. Community Power Structure
B. The formal power structure
C. The informal power structure
D. Application of organizational discretion
VII. Sharing Power with the Institutions of Government
B. Belief in personal freedom
C. Resistance to government control
D. Tolerance for deviant behavior
VIII. Human Relations Problems of Courts and Corrections
B. Problems of the Correctional System
C. Problems of the Courts
IX. Human Relations Problems and Police Processes
B. Conflicts at the Federal level
C. Conflicts at the State level
D. Conflicts at the local level
X. An Analysis of Community Problems
B. Value system formation
C. Basic value formation and development
D. Evaluating significant emotional events
XI. Community-Police Interaction
B. The significance of role identification in police performance
C. Stress as it affects the police role
D. Stress from contact with police
E. Police burnout
F. Citizen's responsibilities for police-community relations
XII. The Importance of Professional Standards
B. Professional image in criminal justice
C. Non-verbal communication in community relations
D. Improving human relations skills
E. Human relations commissions
F. Human relations guidelines
XIII. Crime Prevention/Community Relations Programs
B. Program development
C. Current program sampling
D. Handling of citizen complaints
E. Facilitating complaints and follow-up
F. Specific programs and projects
G. Anti-crime community interest groups
H. Crime prevention programs and models
XIV. Community Justice
B. Definition of community justice
XV. New Criminal Justice Issues
B. Law enforcement needs
E. Public defenders
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