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Critical Issues in Law Enforcement and Public Safety (LEPS 500)

Course Description

This course is an evaluation of numerous critical issues faced by law enforcement leaders in the contemporary United States. From street gangs to crime rate dynamics, transnational drug trafficking organizations to recidivism, law enforcement ethics to crime-fighting technology, this course will delve into some of America’s most pressing crime problems, as well as issues facing criminal justice institutions with an emphasis on effective public policy.

Units

3 units

Highlights

  • Dynamic curriculum is continually updated to ensure the course addresses current issues facing today’s law enforcement professionals
  • In the last several years legislation has reshaped the correctional system, redistributed inmates, reduced criminal penalties and forced often under-resourced law enforcement agencies to adapt. With best practices under development and emerging, this course engages these, and other issues, to work together to overcome new challenges and leverage new opportunities.
  • Many agencies are on the forefront of contemporary drug policy changes, and the attendant prescription drug and opioid abuse epidemics facing many communities.  This course examines empirical evidence on these issues, and communicating best practices for the role of law enforcement in prevention, rehabilitation and enforcement.

Student Comments

“This course was amazing! It covered so many of the contemporary key issues associated with modern day policing. The instructor presented everything in a clear and cohesive manner that made learning exciting. Also, every module and discussion was extremely well designed to cover the topics which we as leaders all share. Every day I would go into work and discuss some aspect of what I was learning and how it correlates to issues within my city and my department. I will definitely be incorporating my new knowledge into the strategic vision of my police department and am already looking forward to the next course.”
-Spring ’19 Student

“This course was the best online course I have ever taken. What I was most impressed with was the lectures and how they were presented. I loved being able to go back and listen/watch them over several times to help the information sink in.”
-Spring ’19 Student

“The course was planned out with sequential modules that played off of one another and was very informative. The discussions were fruitful and the instructor engaged the students in a professional and effective manner.”
-Spring ’19 Student

“The research papers/weekly assignments were great because they required me to research various contemporary topics at a depth that I had not done before. These assignments completely expanded my knowledge and have already been useful in my executive-level leadership role.”
-Spring ’19 Student

“Writing the memos for proposals was a very practical tool to help those of us who want to introduce new things in our agencies.”
-Spring ’19 Student

“This course gave me additional perspective to issues we currently face in law enforcement and armed me with knowledge to better lead within my agency and community alike.”
-Spring ’19 Student

“This was a great course to start off within this program. I was able to see the issues we covered from multiple perspectives, and how they affect agencies across the country. The instructor was very responsive, knowledgeable, and facilitated many great discussion.”
-Spring ’19 Student

“Course content was modern and relevant to what is occurring in today’s police agencies.”
-Spring ’19 Student

“The course showed me some actions I could take for improving my own agency without being in a leadership position just yet.”
-Spring ’19 Student

“The course forced me to objectively consider opinions about law enforcement that I formerly would have considered adversarial.”
-Spring ’19 Student

“Being exposed to so many police leaders from around the country is something I haven’t experienced since the FBINA.”
-Spring ’19 Student

“I like the exercises where I look into my own organization for case examples. I really enjoyed module 7 where we could choose a topic that was not covered in the course.”
-Spring ’19 Student