Catalogue 2012 - 2013

CJ 504 Policing and the Law


3 cr.


Graduate standing.

Course Description

In this course, students learn about the police and the Constitution, particularly law enforcement rules that require the police to balance the rights of citizens to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and the government's interest to take coercive action against them. Through case examples, students study the Fourth Amendment as it relates to stops and frisks, arrests, lawful searches and seizures, and the interrogation process and Miranda. Students also explore present day challenges to effective policing such as profiling and counterterrorism, and the Constitution.