Schedule of Classes Course Description

Medgar Evers College
Course Prefix: PA                                     Course Number: 275                                    
Course Title: Community Policing
Subject: Public Administration
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


This course introduces students to the philosophy of community policing with an emphasis on crime prevention techniques that ?foster cooperation and mutual respect? between the community and police. It is designed to provide an understanding of the precursors of crime and how residents in partnership with local law enforcement and other stakeholders can work collaboratively to preserve public safety. Furthermore, it will offer opportunities for students to compare crime- fighting techniques in different cities and broaden their knowledge and understanding of the ingredients of successful community policing. Students will analyze problems that both citizens and law enforcement officers confront in urban communities and devise solutions based on the problem solving dimension of community policing. Instructors will introduce students to a technique known as ?environmental criminology?, so that they will develop the kind of analytical skills that will allow them to assess, evaluate and interpret the conditions and circumstances under which crime occurs. In the process, students will understand the importance and need for a neighborhood-oriented approach that is culturally competent, ethnically sensitive and linguistically appropriate when policing in urban communities. Lastly, Students will learn that obtaining and preserving ?public safety? is not merely the responsibility of law enforcement but, instead, is achieved more so by the active participation of community residents with shared values that reflects respect for self, property, the law and their community.

Prerequisite: PA 250.
Start Date:    09/27/2006                         End Date: