Police Operations

I.     Course Prefix/Number: LAE 122

       Course Name: Police Operations

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course presents administration of police line operations.  Focus is on patrol function, and prevention of crime. Content includes traffic, investigative, juvenile, vice, and other specialized operational units.

IV.   Learning Objectives

1.    A special understanding of police line operations.
2.    A special understanding of the patrol function.
3.    Understanding traffic unit operations.
4.    Understanding vice unit operations.
5.    Understanding juvenile operations.

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    Assignment
1    Introduction to Course
2    Patrol
3    Community Policing
4    Response Time
5    Use of Force
6    Policing People
7    Patrol Operation
8    Mid-Term
9    Investigations – Rand study
10    Ethics – Dirty Harry Problem
11    Use of Discretion
12    Police Stress
13    Accountability
14    Corruption
15    Review
16    Final Exam

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture/Discussion/Audio Visual
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required


IX.   Instructional Materials

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

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.