Police Organization and Administration

I.     Course Prefix/Number: LAE 121

       Course Name: Police Organization and Administration

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course studies organization and management of law enforcement agencies.  Content includes functional groupings, delegation of authority and specialization, public relations, personnel and training.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To provide the student an accurate perspective of administration, management and organization problems in municipal police departments in particular and police agencies.
  2. To acquaint the student with theoretical and actual administration of police departments.
  3. To provide the student with selected management "models" for police departments.
  4. To assist the student in developing his ability to analyze police administration problems.
  5. To increase the students' awareness of the influence of culture and society on the administration of a police agency.
  6. To provide the student with an understanding of the complexities of police management.
  7. To acquaint the student with the various line and staff functions of police departments.
  8. To provide the student with an understanding of the problems involved in the evaluations of police efficiency.
  9. To encourage the student to develop a further understanding of police administration by reading selected material in the subject area.
  10. To emphasize the important role of planning, research, and development in the accomplishment of the police mission.
  11. To acquaint the student with the increasingly vital role of police personnel management.
  12. To provide the student with information on the changing concept of mission of law enforcement agencies.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Week  Subject
1 Introduction
2 Concepts of Management
3 Organization
4 Staff Meetings
5 Research & Planning
6 Buildings & Vehicles
7 Staff Meetings
9 Information Systems
10 Evidence Management
11 Recruitment & Selection
12 Staff Meetings
13 Training
14 Leadership
15 Staff Meetings
16 Patrol Management

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required


Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Such materials as:
Police Administration, An Introduction by Stone, De Luca 2nd Ed.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Two exams, class participation and attendance

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.