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CJ 310 IS v1 Law Enforcement Process and Policy

University of Mississippi
Department of Legal Studies
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Matt Reysen

Instructor: Dr. Johnson

Dr. Jeffery Johnson has taught with UM-IS since 2012 and has been a member of the UM faculty since 2005. He is a certified as an Expert Gang Specialist by the National Gang Crime Research Center and is a former police officer with the Kansas Highway Patrol- Capitol Police.

Dr. Johnson coordinates the criminal justice offerings at the DeSoto Center in Southaven. Dr. Johnson received both his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and his Masters of Criminal Justice from Washburn University of Topeka, Kansas. Dr. Johnson received a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security from Texas A&M and his Doctorate of Professional Studies from Delta State University

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Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

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Course Description

This 15-lesson Independent Study course, Law Enforcement Process and Policy, is an analysis of police functions and problems commonly encountered in the performance of those functions. Problem- solving methods and techniques are reviewed, discussed, and practiced. Each lesson includes a reading assignment and assignment(s), to be followed by an eventual midterm exam and an eventual final exam.

This course provides a thorough overview of what police supervisors and administrators need to know. The text examines police administration from four distinct perspectives: a systems perspective (the interrelatedness among units and organizations); a traditional, structural perspective (administrative principles, management functions, and the importance of written guidelines); a human behavioral perspective (the human element in organizations); and a strategic management perspective (communications and information systems, performance evaluation, strategies and tactics, and promising approaches to increasing police agency effectiveness).

Pre-requisites: CJ 100 & 110 or consent of instructor.


Textbook Information:



Police Administration, 8th Edition, Gary Cordner, Elsevier

ISBN 978-1-4557-3118-3

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Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  • Contrast the three eras of policing and environmental factors that have shaped them.

  • Explain how the Bill of Rights and democratically inspired legal restraints on law enforcement agencies help ensure personal freedoms.

  • List and discuss core operational strategies of modern law enforcement agencies.

  • Describe the police working personality, and the relationship to the police subculture.

  • Delineate guidelines for the use of force.

  • Describe different types of corruption and identify methods for building police integrity.

  • Explain police discretion and how it affects the practice of contemporary law enforcement.

  • Identify common sources of lawsuits against the police and methods for reducing their incidence.

  • Provide examples of the exponential impact of technology on law enforcement operations.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 15 instructional modules (or lessons).  


Reading Assignments

Due for Grades


Chapter 1

Chapter quiz; writing assignment


Chapter 2

Chapter quiz; writing assignment


Chapter 3

Chapter quiz; writing assignment


Chapter 4

Chapter quiz; writing assignment


Chapter 5

Chapter quiz; writing assignment


Chapter 6

Chapter quiz; writing assignment


Chapter 7

Chapter quiz; writing assignment

Mid Course Exam


To be scheduled

and completed

before proceeding


Chapter 8

Chapter quiz; writing assignment


Chapter 9

Chapter quiz; writing assignment


Chapter 10

Chapter quiz; writing assignment


Chapter 11

Chapter quiz; writing assignment


Chapter 12

Chapter quiz; writing assignment


Chapter 13

Chapter quiz; writing assignment


Chapter 14

Chapter quiz; writing assignment


Chapter 15

Chapter quiz; writing assignment

Final Exam


To be scheduled

and completed

to finalize credit



90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F


Categories of Evaluation:

Each studentís final course-grade shall be comprised of:

15 Quizzes 10 points each 150 points

15 Discussion Questions 10 points each 150 points

Mid-Course Examination 100 points 100 points

Final Examination 100 points 100 points

TOTAL 500 points



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