Public Safety Law in a Dynamic World

Course Overview

Course Description

In an era where evolving technology is outpacing the law, this cutting-edge course helps provide direction and answer questions around the legal complexities of using law enforcement technologies, and other contemporary legal issues. The course looks at right-to-privacy and 4th amendment cases that are guiding legal precedents regarding smartphones, UAVs, BWCs, Brady issues, DNA evidence, cyber crime, terrorism, peace officer records release and transparency legislation. The course features hypothetical scenarios in which students make leadership and mission decisions broaching legal questions where there is no clear correct legal answer.

Course Highlights:

  • Students will examine and apply the right to privacy as defined by a series of United States Supreme Court cases.
  • The course uses case studies to argue for the ethical and legally appropriate use of drones; many of these cases do not provide clear standards or best practices, so this is truly an emerging area of law that guides law enforcement practices.
  • This course analyzes how 4th Amendment standards may and may not apply in the dynamic realm of cybercrime.
  • A key piece of this course looks at use case studies to argue for the ethical and legally appropriate use of the following:
    • Body worn cameras
    • Facial recognition software
    • Private and public video surveillance partnerships
Student Comments

“It was a great class. It stimulated analytical and critical thinking. Very well organized.”
-Summer ’19 Student

“Great class with exceptional feedback on the discussion points. This allowed from different standpoints along with your training and experiences. One of the best classes regarding case laws, the 4th amendments, search and seizure/warrants.”
– Summer ’19 Student

“I gleaned a great deal of knowledge from this course, knowledge I am certainly using at my current administrative level at my agency. Thank you!”
-Summer ’19 Student

“I enjoyed the podcasts and being able to read the text along with the reading. That extra effort reinforced what was sometimes difficult reading.”
– Summer ’19 Student

“I think one of most difficult, yet beneficial, exercises was writing an impactful, yet concise, paper under 500 words. I can see how this will be an important skill to perfect. Thank you to the professors for an outstanding course! I feel the value of the course was worth it.”
-Summer ’19 Student

“The instructor made case law applicable to my current position as a police commander. Thank you!!”
– Summer ’19 Student

“I got more out of this class than I had expected. Everything I was learning about had something to do with my job. My instructor gave me great feedback and I noticed I was improving with my grammar, spelling, and critical thinking. I really enjoyed the discussion board. I learned a lot from my classmates.”
-Summer ’19 Student

“Feedback and dialogue were great! It really didn’t feel like a one-dimensional online environment because of the constant engagement by the professor. The various modules, assignments and discussions really brought us full circle.”
– Summer ’19 Student

“The course was very informative and flowed smoothly week to week. The course is one of a kind and the material covered will have LE leaders prepared to address future challenges.”
-Summer ’19 Student

“The posting of very current articles concerning the areas we were studying was helpful. The instructor and other students were very engaging during the course.”
– Summer ’19 Student

“Virtually every aspect contributed to my career. The professors and course work have caused me to think more deeply about my profession and how I might make a difference.”
-Spring ’17 Student

“The entire course is tailored towards current events and trends that affect my profession”
– Spring ’17 Student


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