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Roles in a Police Department - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
There are many job specializations for the police within every department. Police officers work in these various specializations to fulfill different needs. The lessons in this chapter cover the roles that an officer might assume based upon education, training and work experience.
After studying the material, take a multiple-choice quiz to measure how well you've retained the lesson information and feel free to contact a qualified instructor with any questions that you may have. These lessons cover such specifics as:
- Methods used by police patrol officers
- Duties of traffic officers
- Changes in detectives' roles over time
- Causes of tension between line & staff employees
|Police Patrol Officer: Purpose, Tasks & Methods||Look at the role and job duties of patrol officers.|
|What are the Duties of the Traffic Officer?||Learn about the tasks and responsibilities of traffic officers.|
|The Police Detective: Evolution & Duties||Examine the development of the police detective.|
|Line & Staff Employees in the Police Department||Distinguish between line and staff police employees.|
1. Police Patrol Officer: Purpose, Tasks & Methods
For most of us, when we think of the police, we think of patrol officers because these are the law enforcement employees we have the most contact with. In this lesson, explore the duties and methods of patrol policing, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
2. What are the Duties of the Traffic Officer?
Traffic officers are integral members of police departments, with a very specialized focus. In this lesson, explore the duties of the traffic officer and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
3. The Police Detective: Evolution & Duties
Learn about the history of the U.S. police detective. Then learn about the duties of being a detective and the different types of police detectives. Test yourself at the end with a short quiz.
4. Line & Staff Employees in the Police Department
Police departments are generally heavily staffed, but not all of these employees have the same role. Explore the difference between line and staff employees, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
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Other chapters within the Criminal Justice 102: Introduction to Law Enforcement course
- Overview & History of Crime
- History of U.S. Law Enforcement
- Law Enforcement Systems in the U.S.
- Organization & Processes in Police Operations
- Issues in Policing
- 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