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Issues in Policing - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Policing at all levels of society inevitably comes with distinct, internal challenges. This chapter contains lessons to teach you about the issues facing modern law enforcement agencies. Take the multiple-choice quizzes for self-assessment and feel free to contact an instructor with any questions. These lessons cover subjects like:
- Discrimination & corruption
- Racial profiling
- Minorities & women in policing
- 'Excessive force'
|The Evolution of Women & Minorities in the Police Profession||Learn about minorities and women in policing.|
|Recruitment of Women & Minorities in Policing||See ways to increase recruitment of minorities and women.|
|Critical Issues Facing Women & Minority Police Officers||Examine the critical issues that both women and minority police officers face.|
|Discrimination within Police Departments: Law, Incidents & Impact||Investigate incidents of discrimination and their impact on the larger police profession.|
|Police Corruption: Definition, Types & Improvement Methods||Take a look at police corruption.|
|Police Use of Force & Excessive Force: Situations & Guidelines||Examine the use of force by police and instances when the authority of law enforcement has been exceeded.|
|Racial Profiling & Biased Policing: Definition & Impact||Learn about racial profiling and biased policing and explain why they have become significant issues in policing today.|
|Legal Issues Facing Police: Civil Liabilities & Lawsuits||Discover civil liability issues affecting the police.|
1. The History of Women & Minorities in the Police Profession
Police work is something that we expect everyone to have access to, but that hasn't always been the case. In this lesson, explore the history of women and ethnic groups in the police profession.
2. Recruitment of Women & Minorities in Policing
When many people think of police officers, an image of a white male comes to mind. In order to change this paradigm, many departments are targeting their recruitment efforts toward minorities and women. This lesson takes a look at some of these efforts.
3. Critical Issues Facing Women & Minority Police Officers
Within the white male-dominated world of policing, female and minority officers face many roadblocks and obstacles such as discrimination, underrepresentation, and even social stigma. This lesson takes a look at some of these critical issues.
4. Discrimination within Police Departments: Law, Incidents & Impact
On paper, America's police force is supposed to be one of diversity and equality. However, as this lesson shows, there are many reports of the exact opposite as discrimination lawsuits are being brought against law enforcement agencies.
5. Police Corruption: Definition, Types & Improvement Methods
Police corruption is the misuse of police authority for personal gain. This lesson discusses the different types of police corruption, causes of corruption, and some methods for ending corruption.
6. Police Use of Force & Excessive Force: Situations & Guidelines
Police are entitled to use force in order to maintain social order, but are not entitled to use excessive force. This lesson explains police use of force, how it is legitimately used, and what constitutes excessive force.
7. Racial Profiling & Biased Policing: Definition & Impact
Racial profiling and biased policing are significant issues in law enforcement today. This lesson defines racial profiling and biased policing and explains why these issues have a negative impact on law enforcement efforts.
8. Legal Issues Facing Police: Civil Liabilities & Lawsuits
Police officers can be held accountable for misconduct. Police face civil liability under certain circumstances. This lesson explains civil liability issues and lawsuits associated with policing.
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- History of U.S. Law Enforcement
- Law Enforcement Systems in the U.S.
- Organization & Processes in Police Operations
- Roles in a Police Department
- The Role of the Legal System in Law Enforcement
- The U.S. Court System
- Constitutional Law in the U.S.
- Criminal Law in the U.S.
- The Criminal Trial in the U.S. Justice System
- The Sentencing Process in Criminal Justice
- Corrections & Correctional Institutions