Community Relations and Procedural Justice

I.     Course Prefix/Number: LAE 260

       Course Name: Community Relations and Procedural Justice

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers the core principles of community relations and procedural justice.  Topics include how to incorporate these principles into decision-making, policies and procedures at the street and organizational level.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Describe community relations and how it applies to everyday law enforcement.
  2. Create an outline of Community Relations/Procedural Justice and its logistics.
  3. Explain the Pillars of Procedural Justice.
  4. Describe organizational change through leadership.
  5. Explain how to incorporate Community Relations/Procedural Justice into policy.
  6. Design a recruiting plan and recruit-training procedures.
  7. Explain the evaluation, promotion and retention process through the lens of Procedural Justice.
  8. Demonstrate the practices that enhance positive encounters with the public.

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

  • The pillars of procedural justice
  • Procedural justice and effective community policing
  • Building trust and values-based leadership
  • Procedural justice and organizational legitimacy
  • Procedural justice as a model for strategic decision making
  • The mediating role of procedural justice in response to evaluation, promotion and retention of personnel
  • Implementing procedural justice into policies, procedures and standard practices of policing
  • Procedural justice in allocation of resources
  • Organization transformation and legitimacy in influencing public perception and attitudes  towards local law enforcement
  • Strategies to create and enhance a positive public image through encounters with the public

VII.  Methods of Instruction

This course will employ interactive lectures, discussions, in-class activities, in-class and out-of-class assignments, and/or demonstrations.  Instruction is designed to maximize student mastery of the learning objectives of the course. This is a face-to-face class.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

You are expected to have completed the assigned readings and/or assignments BEFORE coming to class.  Each week there will be an open book quiz and a discussion question posted on D2L and you are required to take the quiz and answer the question prior to attending the next class.

Each student is expected to participate in class discussions and questions, group work and complete in-class and homework assignments.  In many instances we will be referring to the textbook in class, so ALWAYS please bring your book with you to every class session.

This course relies on the student’s ability to read and understand college-level text material.  Students may be required to type papers and submit them electronically for this class, hand written or printed papers will not be accepted.

  1. Reading: Read each chapter prior to the upcoming class session, read each chapter in sequence.
  2. Ongoing:  Complete assignment and/or oral presentations, weekly quizzes and discussion questions on D2L.
  3. Attendance is required. Excessive absents will result in your final grade being reduced.
  4. Makeup tests – there are no make-up quizzes, tests or discussion questions.
  5. Attendance is required. Attendance is required. If you miss 25% of the classes, you will be lowered one grade level regarding your final grade. Miss another 25% and you will be lowered another grade level for your final grade.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Textbook and reading each chapter is required

The text book for this class is required.

Procedural Justice for Law Enforcement - Community Policing – Building a Relationship and Solving Problems

King County Sheriff’s Department
19010 – 1st Ave., S
Burien, WA 98148

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grading is based a numerical score:

  • Posted on D2L, under “Content” is a grading chart. There you can see how many points you can earn and how many points you need for a particular grade.
  • There is a quiz for each chapter in the textbook and you will be taking a weekly quiz on D2L prior to the class so we can discuss the chapter in class.  The quiz has an opening and closing date posted.
  • Each chapter has a weekly discussion question posted on D2L. The discussion question has an opening and closing date posted.

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

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

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.