CJ 205: Policing in the United States Online Class Help

Policing in the United States Online Class Help

Course Description

Students will explore the historical evolution of policing to better understand its current structure and function within criminal justice. The value of positive community relationships and partnerships will be covered, as well as how sworn and civilian positions work together to maintain public safety. Various types of communication such as internal reports and documentation will be practiced.

Course Competencies

This course covers the following competencies, which represent the knowledge and skills relevant to your field:

  • CJ-20561: Explain the different functions and responsibilities of police and law enforcement officers
  • CJ-30562: Develop communications that are appropriate to audience, purpose, and task
  • CJ-20563: Describe the relationship between societal needs and professional practice

Required Materials

Using your learning resources is critical to your success in this course. Please purchase directly through the SNHU Online Bookstore rather than any other vendor. Purchasing directly from the bookstore ensures that you will obtain the correct materials and that the IT Service Desk, your advisor, and the instructor can provide you with support if you have problems.

An Introduction to Policing
John S. Dempsey, Linda S. Forst, and Stephen B. Carter
Cengage Learning, Inc.
Ninth Edition
ISBN: 978-1-337-67129-3

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As indicated in our core values, SNHU is committed to “embrace diversity where we encourage and respect diverse identities, ideas, and perspectives by honoring difference, amplifying belonging, engaging civilly, and breaking down barriers to bring our mission to life.”

This may or will be reflected in SNHU’s curriculum as we embrace and practice diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to provide the most transformative experience for our students, faculty, and staff. Because topics pertaining to DEI can be sensitive, please remember that embodying and practicing diversity, equity, and inclusion is one of our core values that you will encounter throughout the academic experience. In higher education, we are expected to think and engage critically. Use a growth mindset to embrace the diverse readings, course assignments, and experiences of your peers and faculty.

For more information about DEI at SNHU, please visit our website at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Instructor Availability and Response Time

Your class interaction with the instructor and your classmates will take place on a regular, ongoing basis. Your instructor will be actively engaged within the course throughout the week. You will normally communicate with your instructor in the weekly discussions or the General Questions discussion topic so that your questions and the instructor’s answers benefit the entire class. You should feel free, however, to communicate with your instructor via SNHU email at any time, particularly when you want to discuss something of a personal or sensitive nature. Your instructor will generally provide a response within 24 hours. Instructors will post grades and feedback (as applicable) within seven days of an assignment’s due date, or within seven days of a late submission.


Grade Distribution

Assignment Category Number of Graded Items Point Value per Item Total Points
Projects 3 110 330
Assignments 3 80 240
Discussions 6 25 150
Module Quizzes 7 20 140
Practice Activities 3 30 90
Other Quizzes 2 25 50
Total Course Points: 1,000


This course may also contain non-graded activities. The purpose of these non-graded activities is to assist you in mastering the learning outcomes in the graded activity items listed above.

University Grading System: Undergraduate

Grade Numerical Equivalent Points
A 93–100 4
A- 90–92 3.67
B+ 87–89 3.33
B 83–86 3
B- 80–82 2.67
C+ 77–79 2.33
C 73–76 2
C- 70–72 1.67
D+ 67-69 1.33
D 60-66 1
F 0–59 0
I Incomplete
IF Incomplete/Failure *
IP In Progress (past end of term)
W Withdrawn


* Please refer to the policy page for information on the incomplete grade process.

Grading Guides

Specific activity directions, grading guides, posting requirements, and additional deadlines can be found in the Assignment Information section of the course.

Weekly Assignment Schedule

All readings can be found within each module of the course, and assignment instructions can be found in the Assignment Information section of the course. Assignments and discussion posts during the first week of each term are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Assignments and discussion posts for the remainder of the term are due by 11:59 p.m. of the student’s local time zone.

Module Topics and Assignments
Module One 1-0 Check Your Knowledge

Functions and Responsibilities

1-1 Discussion: Career Exploration

1-2 Quiz: Functions and Responsibilities

1-3 Quiz: Module One Quiz

Module Two 2-0 Check Your Knowledge

Reports and Communications Within Policing

2-1 Discussion: Police Communications Styles of Policing

2-2 Module Two Assignment

2-3 Quiz: Module Two Quiz

Module Three 3-0 Check Your Knowledge: Module Three

Policing Communications Without Bias

3-1 Practice Activity: Crafting Communications Recruitment Processes and Candidate Vetting

3-2 Discussion: Decriminalization of Marijuana and Police Recruitment: Make Your Case

3-3 Quiz: Obstacles in the Hiring Process

3-4 Quiz: Module Three Quiz

Module Four 4-0 Check Your Knowledge

Theories of Policing

4-1 Practice Activity: Theories of Policing Communications Changes Depending on Role

4-2 Module Four Assignment

4-3 Quiz: Module Four Quiz

Module Five 5-0 Check Your Knowledge

Policing Adaptations

5-1 Practice Activity: History of Policing in America Clear Policing Communications

5-2 Project One

5-3 Quiz: Module Five Quiz

Module Six 6-0 Check Your Knowledge

Community Policing

6-1 Discussion: Policing on American Indian Reservations Communications for Different Audiences

6-2 Module Six Assignment

6-3 Quiz: Module Six Quiz

Module Seven 7-0 Check Your Knowledge

Police Legitimacy Influencing Public Trust

7-1 Discussion: Racial Profiling

7-2 Project Two

7-3 Quiz: Module Seven Quiz

Module Eight 8-1 Project Three

Procedural Justice and the Community

8-2 Discussion: Technology and Civil Liberties


Course Participation

Course participation is required within the first week of the term for all online courses. Participation in this context is defined as completing one graded assignment during the first week of the course. Otherwise, students will be administratively removed for nonparticipation. Students who do not participate during the first week may forfeit their rights to be reinstated into the course. Students who stop attending a course after the first week and who do not officially withdraw will receive a grade calculated based on all submitted and missed graded assignments for the course. Missed assignments will earn a grade of zero. See the course withdrawal policy and the full attendance policy for further information.

Late Assignments

Students who need extra time may submit assignments (excluding discussion board postings) up to one week after the assignment due date. Discussion board submissions will not be accepted for credit after the deadline except in extenuating circumstances.

  • A penalty of 10 percent of the total value of the assignment will be applied to the grade achieved on the late assignment regardless of the day of the week on which the work is submitted.
  • Students who submit assignments more than one week late will receive a grade of zero on the assignment unless they have made prior arrangements with the instructor.

Students must submit all assignments no later than 11:59 p.m. (in their own time zone) on the last day of the term. No assignments are accepted after the last day of the term unless an incomplete has been submitted. See the incomplete grades policy.

There may be times an instructor makes an exception to the late assignment policy. Instructors may accept late work, including discussion board posts, with or without prior arrangement.

  • Exceptions to the late policy on these grounds are left to the instructor’s discretion, including whether the late penalty is applied or waived. Students should not assume that they will be allowed to submit assignments after the due dates.
  • If an instructor finds that they are unable to determine whether an exception to the late policy would be appropriate without documentation, the collection and review of student documentation should be handled through the Dispute Resolution team in order to protect the student’s privacy. In these cases, students should file a Student Concern Dispute form to have the circumstances reviewed.

If a student is experiencing (or knows they will experience) a circumstance, including pregnancy, that is protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act or Title IX, they are encouraged to contact the Online Accessibility Center (OAC) as soon as possible to explore what academic accommodations might be offered. Instructors must honor all deadlines established through the OAC.

Student Handbook

Review the student handbook.

ADA/504 Compliance Statement

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SNHU prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of disability and takes action to prevent such discrimination by providing reasonable accommodations to eligible individuals with disabilities. The university has adopted the ADA/504 Grievances Policy (version 1.2 effective October 16, 2017), providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints regarding any action prohibited by Section 504 or the ADA.

For further information on accessibility support and services, visit the Disability and Accessibility Services webpage.

Academic Integrity Policy

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Copyright Policy

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Withdrawal Policy

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Southern New Hampshire University Policies

More information about SNHU policies can be found on the policy page.

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