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POLICE ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION

ADJ 111 Woodbridge Campus Spring, 2009


Instructor Office: Office Phone: E-Mail Address: Office Hours: Dennis D. Staszak Room 302P (703) 878-5864 dstaszak@nvcc.edu Before/after class or by prior arrangement with Instructor (please refer to schedule on door) Walk-ins are welcome, but please be aware that you may have to wait awhile if the instructor is busy with someone else.

TEXT:

Proactive Police Management, 7th Edition, by Thibault, Lynch, and McBride.

COURSE SYNOPSIS: This course is a basic introduction to police administration


and organization, and examines principles of management and supervision practices that are applied to public and private law enforcement agencies. This course examines law enforcement organizational strategies, leadership, decision-making, labor relations, budgeting, personnel management, line operations, staff and auxiliary services, investigative and juvenile units.

COURSE POLICY Attendance: Regular attendance is expected, required, and an attendance record will be
maintained. Absences will necessarily affect your grades, and excessive absences will significantly reduce your grade due to missed class participation, discussion, and group activities. Students will lose one grade point for the first absence, two for the second absence, and three points each for every absence starting after the second missed class. Class tardiness will also be noted and excessive tardiness will likewise reduce your final course grade. Students who turn in suitable documented written proof explaining the reason for the reasonable absence have the possibility that the absence will not be counted against their grade.

Withdrawal: Withdrawal from this class will be the students responsibility. If for any
reason during the semester you are unable to complete the course, you must complete a course withdrawal form and submit it to the Office of Admissions and Records. Failure to follow proper withdrawal procedures will result in a grade of F for the course. If contemplating withdrawal

from this course, closely monitor the schedule for the last day to withdraw. Please advise the instructor of your intention to withdraw from the course.

Participation: Active, enthusiastic, and consistent class participation is expected.


Participation includes, but is not limited to answering questions when called on, contributing to class discussions, working on small group activities, note-taking, and regular, punctual attendance. Simply attending class is not considered active participation. Points received for participation are not automatically given to the student. They must be earned. Remember to: Enter into discussions enthusiastically Give freely of your topic-related experiences Confine your discussion to the topic Listen alertly and take appropriate notes Provide constructive feedback and receive it appropriately Appreciate the other persons point of view Be prompt and regular in attendance Show diplomacy and courtesy to everyone in class Not wear any caps or hoods in class, or rest your feet or legs on another desk. You will not be allowed to do this in any ADJ training academy nor in any courtroom. Learn this now!

Students With Disabilities (ADA): If you have a diagnosed and documented


disability which may cause you to have difficulty with any aspect of the requirements for this course, please contact the Special Needs Counselor in the Counseling Office for special arrangements as soon as possible. In addition, please advise the instructor. No accommodations can be provided unless an authorized Accommodation Memorandum to Faculty is given to the instructor.

Academic Dishonesty Policy: Academic dishonesty includes cheating, plagiarism,


and other forms of dishonorable conduct. Such dishonesty will not be tolerated in this class. Penalties can range from the issuance of a failing grade (on an assignment, exam, or for the course) to being referred to the Dean of Student Development for further disciplinary action, including possible expulsion from Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC). More detailed information about the college policy is in the NVCC Catalogue and Student Handbook, or can be viewed on the college web page. All research papers, to include the Internet Assignment and the Case Study assignment require appropriate footnoting and a bibliography page.

Disruptive Behavior Policy: Disruptive behavior or threat of physical harm will not
be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to, a variety of behaviors

such as bothering other students, talking while the Instructor is lecturing, use of cell phones during class, TEXT MESSAGING, sharing/looking at cell phone pictures, and reading newspapers during class. Students in violation will be asked to leave the classroom. Should any student feel that his/her ability to learn in class is hampered by the behavior of another student or students, this information should be immediately brought to the attention of the instructor. The students anonymity is assured. Other disciplinary action may be taken in accordance with the policies as outlined in the Student Handbook.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures: Please take note as to where the closest fire
exit is to this classroom. Each classroom has a framed emergency evacuation plan on one of the walls. Please follow these procedures in case of an emergency. Remember that elevators must not be used during an emergency evacuation. Upon exiting the building, stay at least 300 feet from the building. The instructor will assist handicapped persons. Remember to take your coats and other personal belongings with you.

Class Preparation: Students are required to read all assigned textbook chapters.
Reading assignments should be completed before each designated class period. Students should take appropriate notes from the

readings as well as the lecture material presented during class. This is very important and will be very beneficial to each student. STUDENTS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO
READ LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES, AND BRING REVELANT ARTICLES TO CLASS FOR DISCUSSION. Furnishing of appropriate news articles to the instructor can assist in fulfilling the participation requirement. Make sure you frequently check your VCCS e-mail account. Specific instructions may be sent to you that can have a major impact on your test taking, learning, or attendance.

Tests:

Two tests will be given during the semester. One is a midterm and the other is the final exam. Each is worth 25 points toward a final grade. Tests will be a combination of multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, and essay. Absence for a test will result in a grade of zero unless PRIOR permission has been granted by me. No make-up exams are given without acceptable written documentation. An alternate exam, based solely on the chapter readings from the textbook, will be given to any student who seeks the instructors permission to take an exam before or after the scheduled exam date. Two quizzes will be given during the semester. Each quiz is worth ten points. Absence from a quiz will result in a grade of zero for the quiz unless prior permission has been granted by the instructor. A student must

Quizzes:

provide written documentation as to why a quiz was missed if he/she wants to be given consideration to be allowed to make up a quiz. The instructor reserves the right to administer additional quizzes at any time during the course.

Late Assignment submission: Each of the two written assignments (Internet


Assignment and Case Study Assignment) is due on the assigned dates. Each assignment will lose three points for each class day the paper is late (starting the day immediately after the due date). If you frequently get sick, plan ahead and turn your paper in early. If you suddenly get sick on the day the assignment is due, or if you cannot come to the college to turn your assignment in on the due date, make sure a friend or family member turns the paper or assignment in to the instructor, or takes it to Room 302 which is the business office of the Business and Social Sciences Division of NVCC, Woodbridge Campus. All written assignments are evaluated and graded according to college standards.

NOTE NO WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS CAN BE SENT TO THE INSTRUCTOR VIA THE INTERNET
They must be turned in personally to the instructor

Grading:

Quiz Number One Quiz Number Two Midterm Exam Case Study Class Participation Internet Assignment Final Exam MAXIMUM TOTAL

10 points 10 points 25 points 20 points 5 points 5 points 25 points 100 POINTS

Final Grades will be based on the following: A.90 - 100 points B.80 - 89 points C.70 79 points D.60 69 points F.Below 60 points

ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS: Schedule Changes: The instructor retains the right to change the schedule and/or
assignments as necessary. Any change will be announced in class. The availability of guest speakers, breaking news relating to the subject matter, and inclement weather are just three factors that influence the necessity to change the schedule.

TENTATIVE CLASS SCHEDULE Meeting 1


Introduction; Overview of course; Instructor/Student Expectations

Meeting 2/3 Chapter 1, Historical Perspective Meeting 4/5 Chapter 2, Police Culture Meeting 6/7 Chapter 3, The Art and Style of Proactive Police Leadership Meeting 8/9 Chapter 4, Purposes and Principles of Police Organizations Quiz on First 3 Chapters of Textbook Meeting 10/11 Chapter 5, Operating Principles Meeting 12/13 Chapter 6, Proactive Communication and Information Management Meeting 14/15 Chapter 7, Proactive Police Technology for the 21st Century Meeting 16/17 Chapter 8, Patrol Operations and Community Policing Meeting 18 Review For Midterm Exam Meeting 19 Midterm Exam Meeting 20/21 Chapters 9 and 10, Basic Line Functions and Administrative Staff
Functions

Meeting 22 Chapter 11 and 12, Administrative/Staff Functions and Human Resource


Functions

Meeting 23/24 Chapter 13, Training; Review for Quiz 2 Meeting 25 Chapter 14, Proactive Planning; QUIZ

Meeting 26 Chapter 15, Collective Bargaining and Police Management Meeting 27/28 Chapter 16, The Future of Proactive Police Management Meeting 29 REVIEW FOR FINAL EXAM Meeting 30 Final Exam

IMPORTANT DATES

FINAL EXAM:

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Revised 01/07/2009