Introduction to Policing

Faculty
Humanities & Social Sciences
Department
Criminology
Course Code
CRIM 1120
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15
Max Class Size
35
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
This course covers the historical development of policing as a component of the total justice system. Specific topics examined include: the police function, police community roles, authority, police stress, and the organization and structure of policing in Canada. Key issues including the use of force, corruption, accountability and the political dimension of police work are examined in detail.
Course Content

The Context of Policing in Canada in the Twenty-First-Century

  • The Origin of Policing in Canada
  • The Canadian Experience
  • Levels of Policing in Canada
  • Private Policing

The Canadian Criminal Justice System

Recruitment and Training

  • Recruitment
  • Field Training
  • Specialized Training

Ethics and Discretion

  • Discretion in the Field
  • Use of Force and Discretion
  • Unethical Behaviour by Police Officers

Accountability and Oversight

  • Formal Structures
  • Police Oversight Models

Performance Measurement

  • Classic Quantitative Performance Measures
  • Alternate and Qualitative Measures of Performance
  • Why Performance Measures Fail

Patrol

  • Uniformed Patrol Officers
  • Patrol Methods
  • Patrol Allocation
  • Priority Calls
  • Police Pursuits

Investigations

  • From the Patrol Officer to Specialized Units
  • Linkage Blindness
  • Civilian Specialists
  • Major Case Management
  • Judicial Authorizations
  • Police Agents

Operational Support

  • Covert Teams: Surveillance
  • Special Equipment and Tactics Teams
  • Forensic Services
  • Administrative Support

Economics of Policing

Policing and Crime Prevention

Crime Analysis

National Security Policing

Policing and a Diverse Society

  • Canadian Diversity
  • Indigenous Peoples and Policing
  • LGBTQ2+ Communities & Policing
Methods Of Instruction

The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following:  lectures, small groups and class discussion.  Police practitioners may be utilized when appropriate.

Means of Assessment

The evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy.  At the beginning of the semester the instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria.  Evaluation may be based on some combination of the following: 

  1. Exams
  2. Research paper
  3. Group Presentation

An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:

Exam 1  25%
Exam 2  25%
Research Paper  30%
Group Presentation  20%
Total 100%
Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, the successful student will be able to:

  • Interpret and appraise the function and role of the police in society.
  • Explain the place of the police in the criminal justice system, and their interaction with other agencies.
  • Understand and explain the legal and moral authority of police.
  • Describe the various roles of officers within the police department, and the duties and responsibilities. 
  • Outline and summarize the historical evolution of the police.
  • Describe and distinguish the traditional and contemporary approaches to police work.
Textbook Materials

Text books will be updated periodically. A typcial example is:

Campbell, Cater and Pollard (2017).  Canadian Policing.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN-13:  9780199018789

Requisites

Prerequisites

Courses listed here must be completed prior to this course:

  • No prerequisite courses

Corequisites

Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses

Equivalencies

Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Requisite for

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO CRIM 274 (3) 2013/01/01 to -
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU CRIM 1XX (3) or CAPU SOC 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) JIBC LAWS 2206 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU CRIM 1211 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2009/12/31
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU CRIM 2211 (3) 2010/01/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG CRIM 1215 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Okanagan College (OC) OC CRIM 1XX (3) 2011/01/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CRIM 251 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU SOCI 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2009/12/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU SOCI 1XXX (3) 2010/01/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU CRIM 251 (3), OL 2004/09/01 to 2010/12/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU CRIM 2519 (3), OL 2011/01/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU SOCI 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2009/12/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU HUMA 1XX (3) 2010/01/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO SOCI 1st (3) 2010/01/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit 2004/09/01 to 2009/12/31
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV SOCI 2nd (3) 2010/01/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC SOSC 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV CRIM 151 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC SOCI 1XX (1.5) 2004/09/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU CRIM 251 (3) 2010/01/01 to -

Course Offerings

Fall 2020

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
32054
Tue
08-Sep-2020
- 07-Dec-2020
08-Sep-2020
07-Dec-2020
Pollard
Nahanni
Waitlist
Online
CRIM 1120 001 - See Legal Studies (LGST) for other university transferable law and legal system courses.

This course will include synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
34
1
2
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue
12:30 - 15:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
33346
Mon
08-Sep-2020
- 07-Dec-2020
08-Sep-2020
07-Dec-2020
Lalonde
Patrick
Waitlist
Online
CRIM 1120 050 - See Legal Studies (LGST) for other university transferable law and legal system courses.


This course will include synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
34
1
5
Days
Building
Room
Time
Mon
18:30 - 21:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
33673
Tue
08-Sep-2020
- 07-Dec-2020
08-Sep-2020
07-Dec-2020
Cater
John
Waitlist
Online
CRIM 1120 003 - See Legal Studies (LGST) for other university transferable law and legal system courses.

This course will include synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
37
-2
7
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue
12:30 - 15:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
34186
Wed
08-Sep-2020
- 07-Dec-2020
08-Sep-2020
07-Dec-2020
Lalonde
Patrick
Waitlist
Online
CRIM 1120 051 - See Legal Studies (LGST) for other university transferable law and legal system courses.


This course will include synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
35
0
5
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed
18:30 - 21:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
35456
08-Sep-2020
- 07-Dec-2020
08-Sep-2020
07-Dec-2020
Pollard
Nahanni
Waitlist
Online
CRIM 1120 090-See Legal Studies (LGST) for other university transferable law and legal system courses.

All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
36
-1
2