Dennis J. Stevens, PhD
JCSU Syllabus CRM332 SPRING 2015

Class: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30pm – 10:45pm SPRING 2015


Dr. Dennis J. Stevens

Office Location: McCrorey Hall 105 (MCH 105)     Email:

Office Hours: By Appointment



This course is a critical exploration of police personnel and practice in the context of communities served by police. Emphasis is placed on community policing as a model for modern law enforcement. Prerequisite: CRM131 C or better



At the close of the semester, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the historical evolution and significance of American Law Enforcement.

  • Understand the various law enforcement agencies in America: local, state, federal, and private.

  • Recognize issues and responsibilities involving law enforcement agencies, officers, and organizations.

  • Explain the function, mission, and objectives of American law enforcement in current day America.

  • Comprehend the future of American law enforcement in relationship to US Constitutional guarantees

  • Students will enhance his or her communication ability particularly in the written word and APA format



Stevens, Dennis J (2009). An Introduction to American Policing. Boston: Jones and Bartlett

Recommended Reading: Criminal Justice and Public Health: MRSA and Other Deadly Pathogens. Kendal Hunt



•    To be successful in this course, students are mandated to attend all classes: 3 absences or more (regardless of

      reason) a student cannot expect an A (at the option of your instructor).

      Expect problems? Talk to me before things happen and we will work things out.

•    Late students (after 10 minutes) to class will be reported as absent. Expect problems? Talk to me.

•    Late arrivals for exams are not permitted once exam has been distributed. Make up 

     exams are not available unless approved in advance. Expect problems? Talk to me.

•    Each student must have a copy of the textbook by 01/20/15. Expect problems? Talk to me.   

•    Syllabus is tentative and subject to change.  

•    Students are responsible for class notes and changes to the syllabus.  

•    Debate topic are selected by classroom discussion. Students are assigned debate groups and sides by instructor.

     Each student in debate group prepares 3 page APA format plus reference page; paper must be turned in before

     debate begins. Late papers not accepted unless arranged in advance. .

•    Sit with group members; groups selected by instructor. Group decides on topic within reading assignment

      shown on course schedule, each person in group develops 2 pages (APA format applies) and makes verbal

      presentation based on his or her paper.    

•    Cell phones, laptops, electronic devises including recording devices, and eating are unacceptable. Students

     who text or use electronic devises will be asked to leave the class and will be marked as absent.     

•    Students will be called upon during class. It’s expected that s/he will have provide appropriate responses and

      be respectful of other students and your instructor. Answers such as “I don’t know” or “I haven’t read…” will

      result in an absence for the day.

•    All assignments must be a hard copy and delivered at the beginning of class, emailed assignments are

     unacceptable unless preapproved. Think you’ll have a problem with due dates like group paper – talk to me!           

•    All paper assignments must meet APA standards of citation and reference. All references are subject

      to validation and must come from sources other than those used in class materials unless requested.  

•    Emails will not be answered if the answer can be found in syllabus.

•    Your student ID, name (not nick names), and Course Number must be on all assignments and all emails. 

•    Final paper (hardcopy) turned no later than 4/28/2015, 9:30AM, no emails. 6 pages + ref page, 6 empirical

     studies ref. 20 points Extra Credit, is available if a hard copy is in my hands prior to 4/24/2015 9:30AM.

     Another 20 points Extra Credit is available from a 10 minute or less power point presentation about topic. 

•    Should you experience issues or conflicts with any of the above expectations, feel free to contact me and we’ll

     work things out.  


Day          Date         Activities

Tuesday   01/13/15             Intro to Syllabus and Opening Remarks

Thursday 01/15/15             Preface and Forward (Read before class)

Tuesday   01/20/15             Chapter 1 Police: The Essentials pp 2-14

Thursday 01/22/15             Chapter 1 pp 14-27 

Tuesday   01/27/15             Chapter 2 Historical Accounts of American Police pp 35-43

Thursday 01/29/15             Chapter 2 Continued pp 43-57

Tuesday   02/03/15             Chapter 3 Broken Windows pp 67-87: Group 1

Thursday 02/05/15             Chapter 4 Modern Policing: Quality of Life pp 99-117: Group 2

Tuesday   02/10/15             Chapter 4 Continued pp 117-124: Group 3

Thursday 02/12/15             Exam I: Chapters 1-4, and All Presentations   

Tuesday   02/17/15             Chapter 5 Local Police and Federal Agencies pp 135-154: Group 4    

Thursday 02/19/15             Chapter 5 Continued pp 154-168: Group 5

Tuesday   02/24/15             Chapter 6 Local Law Enforcement Agencies pp 177-194: Group 6

Thursday 02/26/15             Chapter 6 Continued pp 194-205 : Group 7

Tuesday   03/03/15             Midterm Exams: Chapters 1-6 and All Presentations  

Thursday 03/05/15             Chapter 7 Police Management and Leadership pp 209-220: Group 8. Discuss FP Topics  

Tuesday   03/10/15             Chapter 7 Continued pp 220-247: Group 9. Final Paper Topic is Due in Writing Today

Thursday 03/12/15             Chapter 8 Hiring and Training pp 251-279: Group 10

Tuesday   03/17/15             Chapter 9 On the Job: Patrol and Patrol Units pp 293-318

Thursday 03/19/15             Debate I 

Tuesday   03/24/15             Chapter 10 The Role of Police Officers pp 335-364

Thursday 03/26/15             Chapter 11 Crime Scene Investigations pp 377-407: Group 11

Tuesday   03/31/15             Spring Break No Classes No Office Hours  

Thursday 04/02/15             Spring Break No Classes No Office Hours 

Tuesday   04/07/15             Debate II

Thursday 04/09/15             Exam III Chapters 7-11, All Presentations, and Debates

Tuesday   04/14/15             Chapter 12 Proactive Strategies: Undercover Operations pp 415-445

Thursday 04/16/15             Chapter 13 Police Subculture pp 457-475

Tuesday   04/21/15             Chapter 14 Police Accountability and Civil Liabilities pp 501-530

Thursday 04/23/15             Chapter 15 Police Officer Stress pp 539-575

Tuesday   04/28/13             Final Paper Due and Presentations. Reserve your presentation time (10 Extra Credit)

Thursday 04/30/15             Presentations Last Day of Class

TBA                                   Final Exam All Chapters, All Presentations, All Debates


What                         Comments                       #                Point Value           Total      Percent

Exams (50 MC Q)    No Makes Ups             4           100                       300       50%    Lowest Score is Dropped

Debate                      3 pages + 4 ref APA     1           100                       100       17%

Group Paper             2 pages + 2 ref  APA    1           100                       100       17%

Final Pager               6 pages + 6 ref APA     1           100                       100       17%



90%-100%   600--540 = A: 3 absences or more, student cannot earn an A, unless arranged in advance

80%- 89%    480-539 =  B: 4 absences or more, student cannot earn a B, unless arranged in advance 

70%- 79%    420-479 =  C: 5 absences or more, student cannot earn a C, unless arranged in advance 

60%- 69%    360-419 =  D: 6 absences or more, student cannot earn a D, unless arranged in advance

59% -01%    359-001 =  F




I pledge that this work is my own and I will not cheat, or represent the words, ideas, or projects of others as my own.  I further pledge that I will not engage in academic dishonesty, which includes lying, stealing or assisting others in misrepresenting their work.  As a member of the student body of Johnson C. Smith University, I also pledge to report all violations of the Honor Code that I observe in others.  I understand that violations of the Honor Code are subject to disciplinary procedures by the University.


Students and faculty are to govern themselves by the Honor Code to ensure the greatest measure of academic integrity.  The University Honor Code will be acknowledged by students in relation to class assignments including out of class assignments, tests, written papers, as well as other assignments that involve student assessment.  Student assessment may extend beyond classrooms and include all applied academic settings of the University.


Instances of dishonesty involving major assignments, including, but not limited to cheating on examinations and plagiarism, will automatically elicit a grade of “F” for the semester.  For those instances involving less serious infractions of major assignment rules or less important class activities (such as a quiz, homework, etc.) will result in a “zero” for that activity or assignment.


You may not submit the same or similar work for credit in more than one course, either in whole or in part. For example, you may not submit a paper for, or from a previous course for this course. Should you have any questions or need clarity, talk to me.  


All actions are subject to student appeal.



The Standards of Conduct are published in the Student Handbook and each student has a responsibility to become familiar with this document and with various other publications and regulations as promulgated by the University. See pages 125-130 in the Student Handbook for clarification.


The University reserves the right to cancel the enrollment of any student who breeches this agreement or who violates the rules of the University when it is determined, through the established processes, that a student has breeched University rules.

The aim of disciplinary procedures is to encourage responsible behavior to maintain social order, and to protect the rights of persons in the university community.


The University’s judicial system is necessary for the adjudication of interpersonal differences, conflicts, misconduct, and violations.


Any student who engages in disruptive behavior in class, and fails, to heed the instructor’s warning to desist from such behavior will be requested to leave the classroom, in order to create a good teaching/learning environment.  Other disciplinary action may be taken, in accordance with the University’s policy on disruptive behavior.



This course is designed to accommodate the needs of students with diverse abilities and interests.  However, if you require specific accommodations, please contact the instructor and accommodations will be gladly provided.  Students requiring special assistance are also urged to register with the disability services office at (704) 378-1282.Those students with special needs or disabilities requiring special assistance or special accommodation must meet with the instructor at the beginning of the semester to disclose the need and determine reasonable accommodation for the same. See 2014-2015 Student Handbook p 34



Proper dress and decorum is not only expected, but required. Please refer to Dress Guidelines of p 93 of the 2014 – 2015 College Catalog. Dress must be in good taste and appropriate for the setting. Sleepwear, hats, or head wraps shall not be worn in class. NO HATS, HEAD WRAPS, or WEAPONS are allowed in class unless you are an on duty police officer.