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. Describe the administration, management and organization problems in municipal, county and state police departments and how they can be solved.
  2. Recite the roles and responsibilities of the first line supervisor.
  3. Discuss the role supervisors and managers play in relations to leadership and maintaining morale.
  4. Choose the steps involved in community policing and problem solving.
  5. Compare and contrast training, education, and professional development in law enforcement.
  6. Outline the evaluation methods and performance appraisal process.
  7. Outline the current status of stress, wellness, and employee assistance programs in law enforcement today.
  8. Expound on the state of ethics, inappropriate behavior and liability in the modern police organization.
  9. Appraise the Officer’s Bill of Rights and Discipline and legal considerations.
  10. Prioritize patrol’s responses to difficult crime problems.

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.

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.