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Ch 7: The Role of the Police Department: Help and Review

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The Role of the Police Department chapter of this Intro to Criminal Justice: Help & Review course is the simplest way to master the role of the police department. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of the role of the police department.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a police department unit of a standard criminal justice course. Topics covered include:

  • Policing styles
  • Ethical issues in policing
  • Police management and organizational structures
  • Legal restraints and issues
  • The arrest process, intelligence, interrogations, and Miranda warnings
  • Police corruption
  • Police use of force and excessive force
  • Racial profiling and biased policing

37 Lessons in Chapter 7: The Role of the Police Department: Help and Review
Watchman, Legalistic & Service Policing Styles

1. Watchman, Legalistic & Service Policing Styles

Police departments have their own style, or way of doing things. Three well-known policing styles are the watchman, legalistic and service styles. This lesson explains these policing styles and the differences in these approaches.

Ethics, Discretion & Professionalism in Policing

2. Ethics, Discretion & Professionalism in Policing

There are three main concepts used to define integrity in policing. They are ethics, discretion and professionalism. This lesson explains why ethics, discretion and professionalism are important in policing today.

Police Management & Police Department Organization

3. Police Management & Police Department Organization

All businesses must be organized and managed, including police departments. This lesson explains police management and describes the different types of police department organization.

Legal Restraints on Police Actions

4. Legal Restraints on Police Actions

Legal restraints on police actions are designed to protect individuals from abuses of police power. This lesson explains how legal restraints on police actions originate from the U.S. Constitution, and discusses abuse of police power.

The Arrest Process: Definition & Steps

5. The Arrest Process: Definition & Steps

In order to perform a legal arrest, police must follow a specific process. This lesson explains what constitutes a legal arrest and describes the arrest process.

Police Intelligence, Interrogations & Miranda Warnings

6. Police Intelligence, Interrogations & Miranda Warnings

Police departments must receive and disseminate critical information. This is known as the police intelligence function. This lesson explains the intelligence function, including police interrogations and the role of Miranda warnings.

Police Corruption: Definition, Types & Improvement Methods

7. 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.

Police Use of Force & Excessive Force: Situations & Guidelines

8. 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.

Racial Profiling & Biased Policing: Definition & Impact

9. 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.

Legal Issues Facing Police: Civil Liabilities & Lawsuits

10. 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.

Reasons Why People Don't Call the Police

11. Reasons Why People Don't Call the Police

This lesson outlines several reasons why people don't call the police, ranging from the victim's view of the crime and/or the offender to a lack of response by the police. This lesson also examines how a victim's race affects their decision to report a crime.

Police Subculture: Definition & Context

12. Police Subculture: Definition & Context

In this lesson, we will discuss the concept of police subculture, including how it is defined in modern society, depicted by the media, and perceived by both those who work in policing and those in the general population.

Plain View Doctrine: Definition & Cases

13. Plain View Doctrine: Definition & Cases

The plain view doctrine is an exception to the warrant requirement of the Fourth Amendment. In this lesson, you will learn about the basics of the plain view doctrine and how the doctrine is applied by law enforcement officers and courts.

Arrest: History, Procedure & Information

14. Arrest: History, Procedure & Information

Learn about the history of arrests. Review the arrest procedure and examine what kinds of information is required in order for police to make an arrest. Upon completion of this lesson, you will have a thorough understanding of arrests.

Crisis Situations: Types & Examples

15. Crisis Situations: Types & Examples

In this lesson, we discuss different types of crisis situations. We explore some examples and see how law enforcement handles the different types of crisis situations.

Custodial Interrogation: Definition & Cases

16. Custodial Interrogation: Definition & Cases

In this lesson, we will discuss the meaning of custodial interrogation. We will also explore a couple of different Supreme Court cases that clarified issues related to custodial interrogation and the rights of citizens.

Deadly Force: Definition, Statute & Laws

17. Deadly Force: Definition, Statute & Laws

In this lesson, we will define deadly force. Also included in the lesson are the statutes and laws about deadly force. There will be a quiz at the end of the lesson.

Deterrence in Criminology: Definition & Theory

18. Deterrence in Criminology: Definition & Theory

Sentencing can be more than just a punishment for a crime. When used properly, sentences can encourage people not to commit a crime. Find out how punishment can stop a crime before it occurs.

Differential Response: Definition & Model

19. Differential Response: Definition & Model

This lesson outlines the differential response model as it is used in the investigation of child welfare cases and explains what happens when someone reports suspected child abuse.

Discretion: Definition & Examples

20. Discretion: Definition & Examples

This lesson will teach you about discretion. Specifically, you will learn about police discretion. You will review examples and gain a thorough understanding of discretion.

Entrapment: Definition, Law & Examples

21. Entrapment: Definition, Law & Examples

Learn what constitutes entrapment. Review the definition of the crime, then examine the various laws of entrapment. Finally, we'll look at several examples of this term to gain a thorough understanding.

Excessive Force: Definition, Cases & Statistics

22. Excessive Force: Definition, Cases & Statistics

In this lesson excessive force will be defined. Two historical cases dealing with excessive force will be discussed. In addition, the reasons behind a lack of statistical information tracking excessive force incidents will be explained. There is a short quiz at the end of the lesson.

Graham v. Connor: Summary & Decision

23. Graham v. Connor: Summary & Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in 'Graham v. Connor' established the test for what constitutes a police officer's legal use of force. This lesson explains that case and examines the ruling.

Inevitable Discovery: Rule, Doctrine & Exception

24. Inevitable Discovery: Rule, Doctrine & Exception

This lesson will discuss inevitable discovery and the important rules that apply to law enforcement agents. We will also discuss inevitable discovery doctrine and exceptions.

Interrogation: Definition, Techniques & Types

25. Interrogation: Definition, Techniques & Types

In this lesson, we will define interrogation. We will also discuss the techniques and types of interrogation used in law enforcement. There will be a quiz at the end of the lesson.

Latent Fingerprint: Analysis, Development & Techniques

26. Latent Fingerprint: Analysis, Development & Techniques

In this lesson you will explore the importance of fingerprints. You will learn what a latent print is, how prints are gathered and compared and how they are analyzed to help solve cases.

Police Discretion: Definition, Examples, Pros & Cons

27. Police Discretion: Definition, Examples, Pros & Cons

Learn what constitutes police discretion. Examine several examples of police discretion and review the pros and cons to understand why people are for and against the use of police discretion.

Police Operations: Theory & Practice

28. Police Operations: Theory & Practice

This lesson explores the different types of police operations and theories that apply to police operations. There will be a short quiz testing your knowledge at the end of the lesson.

Police Patrol: Operations, Procedures & Techniques

29. Police Patrol: Operations, Procedures & Techniques

Police work today employs various techniques to identify and prevent crimes. Learn what police patrol is, and examine the types of operations and procedures utilized by the police when conducting police patrols. Review the techniques of police patrol and gain a thorough understanding of how police patrols work.

Preliminary Investigation: Definition, Steps, Analysis & Example

30. Preliminary Investigation: Definition, Steps, Analysis & Example

Discover what a preliminary investigation is. Review the definition and look at the steps involved in this type of law enforcement investigation. Examine the preliminary investigation process and gain insight through analysis and an example.

Preventive Patrol: Definition, Study & Experiment

31. Preventive Patrol: Definition, Study & Experiment

Preventive policing is the idea of stopping crime before it starts. This video provides a brief overview of three types of preventive policing: traffic enforcement, patrol, and community outreach.

Problem-Oriented Policing: Definition & Examples

32. Problem-Oriented Policing: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, problem-oriented policing will be defined, its origin and background will be discussed, and some examples describing problem-oriented policing will be given.

What is a Police Welfare Check? - Definition & Laws

33. What is a Police Welfare Check? - Definition & Laws

Have you called the police because you could not get a hold of someone? The police have an obligation to complete a welfare check. But, what happens if no one answers the door? In this lesson, we'll learn about the police options during a welfare check.

How to Press Charges: Definition & Statute of Limitations

34. How to Press Charges: Definition & Statute of Limitations

Criminal charges are filed by the prosecutor's office, usually after an investigation and recommendation from the police. In this lesson we will learn how the process works, including the application of the statute of limitations.

Police Brutality: Causes & Solutions

35. Police Brutality: Causes & Solutions

In this lesson, we'll define police brutality and explore a few examples. We'll also examine common causes of police brutality and detail potential solutions to reduce and eliminate police misconduct.

Police Reports: Definition & Examples

36. Police Reports: Definition & Examples

What is one of the most important tools police officers use on a daily basis? Aside from the tools needed to protect themselves, officers are responsible for creating police reports. This lesson will explain the various components of a police report and give examples.

Background Checks: Definition & Laws

37. Background Checks: Definition & Laws

In this lesson, you will learn all about background checks, specifically as they relate to employment. You'll also learn more about laws designed to protect prospective employees against unfair treatment during the hiring process.

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