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Police Officer An Overview

Law Enforcement Training.Program Duration: 2 Months
Course Contact Hours: 120
Student Tuition: $1,249.99


Police Officer: An Overview delivers a solid history of policing in the U.S. Students will discover all elements of the police officer from the organized hierarchy to ethics as well as laws to the latest fads and technology. This law enforcement training offers an exclusive peek to the personal side of policing and presents popular challenges which arise in the line of duty as well as strategies for successful security and safety.

Prerequisite(s): None

After taking this law enforcement training, you will be able to:

  • Understand the history and organization of policing.
  • Recognize the characteristics of as well as steps for becoming an excellent police officer.
  • Determine kinds of police deviance and their adverse effects.
  • Identify approaches of patrolling and crime evaluation.
  • Understand the laws associated with policing.


Police Officer: An Overview Module 1   
History and Organization

  • Police History
  • English Policing: Our English Heritage
  • Seventeenth Century and Thief-Takers
  • American Policing: The Colonial Experience
  • The North: The Watch
  • The South: Slave Patrols
  • Organizing Security in the U.S.
  • U.S. Public Security Industry
  • State and Federal Law Enforcement
  • Department of Justice
  • International Police
  • Organizing the Police Department
  • Managerial Concepts
  • Chain of Command
  • Unity of Command
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Police Officer: An Overview Module 2
Personal Side of Policing

  • Becoming a Police Officer
  • Standards of Selection Process
  • Recruitment Process
  • Job Analysis
  • Characteristics of Good Police Officers
  • Recruit Training
  • Probationary Period
  • Police Role and Police Discretion
  • Goals and Objectives of Policing
  • Operational Styles
  • Police Culture
  • Police Personality
  • Police Stress
  • Blue Wall of Silence
  • Nature of Stress in Policing

Police Officer: An Overview Module 3
Police Ethics and Operations

  • Minorities in Policing
  • Federal Courts and Job Discrimination
  • Affirmative Action Programs
  • White Male Blacklash
  • Challenges Minorities Face in Law Enforcement
  • Police Ethics and Deviance
  • Defining Ethics
  • Police Corruption
  • Drug-Related Corruption
  • Sleeping on Duty
  • Police Deception
  • Police Brutality
  • Liability and Effects of Lawsuits
  • Patrol Function
  • Rapid Response
  • Evidence-Based Policing

Police Officer: An Overview Module 4
Police and the Community

  • Investigations
  • Traditional Detective Operations
  • The Detective Mystique
  • Retroactive Investigation
  • Crime Analysis
  • Information Management
  • Cold-Case Squads
  • Police and the Community
  • Human Relations
  • Public Relations
  • Challenges of Various Populations
  • Innovative Community Crime Prevention
  • Efforts to Improve Public Perception
  • Issues with Minorities
  • Community Policing: The Debate Continues
  • Strategic Policing
  • Problem-Solving Policing
  • Resident Officer Programs

Police Officer: An Overview Module 5
Critical Issues in Policing

  • Police and the Law
  • Bill of Rights and Fourteenth Amendment
  • Probable Cause
  • Exclusionary Rule
  • Search and Seizure
  • Warrant Requirement
  • Erosion of Miranda
  • Computers and Technology
  • Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD)
  • Mobile Technology
  • Fingerprint Technology
  • Automated Databases
  • DNA Profiling
  • Criminalistics
  • Homeland Security
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Post 9/11 Response to Terrorism
  • Defining Terrorism

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Required Materials:

Materials Included:

  • POLICE by John S. Dempsey and Linda S. Forst

System Requirements:

Internet Access

  • Broadband or high-speed internet access is strongly recommended. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


  • Virtually all Windows-Mac hardware configurations and processors are acceptable.
  • 1 GB RAM recommended
  • Software
  • Operating Systems
    • Windows XP or Vista and Mac OS X 10 and higher
  • Web Browsers
    • Mozilla Firefox 2 and 3 (previous versions will work also)
    • Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8
    • Safari is not currently recommended as it cannot display certain Moodle editing menus for both students and instructors
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media-click on the links below to download the latest versions)
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Apple Quicktime
  • Windows Media Player
  • Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)