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Law Enforcement and Community Relations

I.     Course Prefix/Number: LAE 260

       Course Name: Law Enforcement and Community Relations

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course studies relationship between police and public.  Content includes police involvement in community activities with emphasis on role of police in community tension and conflict.

IV.   Learning Objectives

A. Understands theory of police/community relations
B. Know techniques of police for community relations
C. Know techniques of community organizers
D. Purpose of concern about police/community relations
E. Learn techniques of crime prevention and crime prevention efforts

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. Introduction to Course
2. Introduction to Course
3. Introduction to Course
4. Public Relations
5. Psychological Factors
6. Coping
7. Communication
8. MID-TERM EXAM
9. Effective Communication
10. Selective Enforcement
11. The Media
12. The Elderly
13. Cultural Problems
14. Political Dissent
15. Conflict Management
16. FINAL EXAM

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture/Discussion/Audio Visual/Field Trips/Class Projects
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading/Writing

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

Research Paper and exams.

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.