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Lecture 1 The - CRJU 3110 Lecture 1 The Police and Society A What is law enforcement/policing Its not simple and straight forward to define Many

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CRJU 3110 Lecture 1: The Police and Society A. What is law enforcement/policing? It’s not simple and straight forward to define. Many different agencies perform various types of law enforcement functions. o For example: city and county police departments sheriff’s departments state police private security probation officers parole officers prison guards FBI ATF and other federal agencies All of these and more perform functions related to law enforcement. In this class, will focus on what the textbook calls “General Service Law Enforcement Agencies.” General Service Law Enforcement Agencies perform 4 main functions that help define them: 1. 2. 3. 4. Difference between Police Officer and a Peace Officer : It varies by state on the distinction (and whether there is a distinction) In places with a distinction—all officers are officers, but not all officers are __________ officers 1
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Examples of peace officers o college police who only have jurisdiction on campus o security guards o prison guards o and other officers with limited jurisdictions B. Myths about Policing The biggest myth about police is that they are _______________________, and spend most of their time actively fighting crime The Crime Fighter Myth: Common belief that police spend most of their time fighting crime through the following activities: o o o Additionally, when many people think of police work, they think of shootouts, CSI investigations, high speed chases, and catching and arresting notorious violent criminals Sources of Myths about Policing
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2011 for the course CRJU 3110 taught by Professor Dr.joshuahinkle during the Spring '10 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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Lecture 1 The - CRJU 3110 Lecture 1 The Police and Society A What is law enforcement/policing Its not simple and straight forward to define Many

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