Ethics and Leadership in Policing
I. Course Prefix/Number: LAE 234
Course Name: Ethics and Leadership in Policing
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
• Explore the limits of discretion and corresponding duties for law enforcement.
• Identify and discuss the primary forms of corrupt law enforcement practices.
• Identify and discuss ethical issues involved in police procedures.
• Explore methods to reduce corruption and unethical police procedures including training, supervision, protection for whistle blowers and citizen review boards.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• 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
• The Importance of Ethical Leadership
• Concepts and Dynamics of Leadership
• Ethics, Morality, and Leadership
• Policing and Professional Conduct
• Communication: Key to Interpersonal Relations
• Motivation: Key to Personal and Professional Success
• Ethical Decision Making and Problem solving
• Planning, Organization, Implementation, and Evaluation
• Ethical Leadership in the Context of Policing a Community
• Policing and Homeland Security
• Strategic Policing
• Vision for Change
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
• Writing: Short paper
• Oral Presentation: Role Play
• Computer Use: Research
• Fieldwork: Interview a local police official
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
90% - 100% = A
80% - 89% = B
70% - 79% = C
60% - 69% = D
BELOW 60% = F
Grades will be a composite of the following areas:
• Weekly Quizzes 20%
• Mid-term Exam 25%
• Class Project 15%
• Class Participation 15%
• Final Exam 25%
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
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.