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Ch 12: The Role of the Police Department Lesson Plans

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The Role of the Police Department chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the essentials about police departments in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Role of the Police Department chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Policing styles, ethics and professionalism Legalistic, service and watchman styles; police discretion and integrity
Tuesday Police department organization and legal restraints on police actions Military management style, community policing movement, abuse of power, probable cause, Miranda warnings and exclusionary rule
Wednesday Process of arrest, police intelligence and interrogations Police custody, probably cause, excessive force, first appearance, Fifth Amendment and coercion
Thursday Police corruption and use of force Bribery, extortion, blue wall, rotten apple theory, internal affairs and use of force continuum
Friday Racial profiling and legal issues faced by police Stop-and-frisk, reasonable suspicion, biased-based policing, intentional torts, false arrest, malicious prosecution, official immunity and qualified immunity defense

10 Lessons in Chapter 12: The Role of the Police Department Lesson Plans
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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.

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