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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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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