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Law Enforcement Practicum

I.     Course Prefix/Number: LAE 251

       Course Name: Law Enforcement Practicum

       Credits: 4 (1 lecture; 15 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits in LAE with a grade of C or better in each course and consent of the program chair.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides students with a broad experience through appropriate observation and directed experience in operating segments of law enforcement. It takes place in partnership agreements between Oakton Community College and host law enforcement agencies. Students are assigned to the agency in addition to participation in regularly conducted review sessions to assess the student’s progress, problem areas and the work environment. The students must complete minimum of 8 hours of service a week for 16 weeks during the semester.

IV.   Learning Objectives

1. Explain a general understanding of the daily operations of a law enforcement agency

2. Articulate the legal and ethical responsibilities of the agency.

3. Clarify the due process framework of law enforcement from a practical operational standpoint.

4. Make clear one’s knowledge of the everyday duties, tasks, and responsibilities of law enforcement practitioners.

5. Outline the developing practical skills and knowledge needed to be a successful practitioner.

6. Explain how to successfully interact with practitioners as well as the pubic they serve.

7. Detail how to successfully integrate acquired academic knowledge with the real life demands and challenges of an on-the-job experience.

V.    Academic Integrity

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.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

1. Daily operations at a law enforcement agency
2. Legal and Ethical responsibilities
3. Due Process
4. Daily duties, tasks and responsibilities of practitioners
5. Practical skills to be successful on the job
6. Appropriate interaction with practitioners and the public
7. Integrating acquired academic knowledge with on the job practice

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Students will meet individually with the faculty advisor 5 times throughout the semester in an instructional setting to evaluate and develop the work experience and its relationship to the educational goals. Instruction will be face to face.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

1. U.S. Citizenship/Legally in Country.
2. Internship applicant must have completed 15 semester hours in LAE courses.  
3. Agreement to undergo a background investigation during selection process.
4. Interns will maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better
5. Interns will not have been convicted of a felony.
6. Interns must be at least 18 years of age at the time of their appointment.

Interns must possess a valid Illinois Driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record.

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

Grades will be a composite of the following areas:
    • Weekly Evaluations     20%
    • Mid-term Evaluation    25%
    • Agency Feedback        15%
    • Participation               15%
    • Final Evaluation          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.