Central Washington University

Department of Law and Justice




Spring 2003


Police Personnel Administration

LAJ 333


Instructor:   Dr. Rodrigo Murataya    Email:    murataya@cwu.edu

Phone:                          574-6800 ext. 3270                

Office:                          Braeburn Center                       Office hour:      MTWTH 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.




Required Text:

Swanson, Charles R., Territo Leonard, Taylor Robert W. (2001).  Police Administration: Structures, Processes and behavior.  (5th ed.) Prentice-Hall.


Recommended Texts:

APA. (2001). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th Ed). Washington, DC: APA




Class Format:  Attendance; Lectures; Class Participation; Discussion; Testing


1.      It is mandatory that you attend class on time every session.  Class begins promptly at 5:10 p.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday beginning April 2nd and ending June 4th.  Failing to attend and participate in class will severely impact your grade.

2.      Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.  This includes, but is not limited to; Non constructive and/or inappropriate comments and/or behavior, arriving late or leaving early and failing to turn off audible pagers and/or cell phones.

3.      If you miss class for any reason, you will be responsible for obtaining the information, handouts, and/or materials you miss due to your absence.  Extra credit may be available at the discretion of the instructor. 



            Students are expected to attend every class session and to be prepared.  Minimum preparation includes reading the material scheduled to be covered in the textbook.  All written assignments and extra credit will be turned in to the instructor via email to the following email address: murataya@cwu.edu


Course Objective:

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the administration of a police department.   The course is designed to provide the students with a basic understanding of police personnel administration with respect to police agencies, both small and large.    Course material will be provided from both the text as well as other possible sources provided by the instructor.  Class meetings will consist of lecture, class discussion and guest speakers.


Expectation for Students:

Students are to attend every class session and are expected to be prepared by having done the required readings and by showing to class with the willingness to engage in exchange of ideas about the class material.  If students give the appearance of unpreparedness, unannounced quizzes will be given.  Each absence will result in a loss of 10 attendance points and up to the maximum of 50 Points (5%) of your final grade.


Reading Schedule:

Students are to read according to the chapters assigned.  If the class lags behind, the student should continue to read according to schedule because we may not spend as much time in some areas as others.  The instructor reserves the right to alter and hasten the reading schedule to meet time constraints and the flow of the course.




            1-2-3               Test 1


            4-5-6               Test 2  


7-8-10             Test 3


            13-15               Test 4




Lectures comprise of material from the book, professional experience and other scholarly materials.  An examination will be given every two to three weeks.  The exam will include material from the assigned chapters in the book and lectures covered in class. A letter grade will be assigned based upon the exam score.  If there are quizzes, the scores will be compiled, added up and at the end of the quarter they will be curved and assigned a letter grade.

Students are expected to engage in active, regular, and informed discussions through class participation, which will comprise of 5% (50 Points) of your final course grade.  Quizzes cannot be made up regardless of the circumstances involved for absence.  Tests can only be made up for excused absences.

Students will be asked to reflect on the presentations given by the local Sheriffs and Chiefs of police.  The student will reference the material provided in the book and lectures to write this paper. The paper will be graded on 1) the organization of ideas, 2) the depth and quality of sources, 3) the quality and extent of analysis, 4) the originality of your insights on the topic under study, and 5) spelling and grammar.  An “F” grade will be assigned to papers turned in late.  The due date for all papers is the LAST day of classes before finals week (June  4th, 2003). All citations and references of written assignment must follow the American Psychological Association (APA) technical format.


Tests = 70%      Attendance = 5%      contribution = 5%      Paper = 20%




Final test:

                   Wednesday, June 4th, 2003


Grading Scale:

94+      A

90-93   A-

87-89   B+

83-86   B

80-82   B-

77-79   C+

73-76   C

70-72   C-

67-69   D+

63-66   D

60-62   D-

59-       F




Policy on Academic Dishonesty:

Students choosing law related careers are expected to meet rigorous standards of honesty.  Students are on their honor to avoid “proscribed Conduct” as defined by the Student Judicial Code (see appendix B. CWU Catalog).  Violations of this section will result in a failing grade in the course in addition to possible further university sanctions.


Policy on Diversity:

University-level education is about broadening horizons and looking at academic issues from a variety of perspectives.  With this in mind, the participants in this class are encouraged to bring their own life experiences and viewpoints to bear on classroom discussions and assignments.  Along with the freedom to express one's own view comes the responsibility of being sensitive to race, ethnicity, age, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, martial-status, or political ideology.


ADA Statement:

Students who have special needs or disabilities that may effect their ability to access information or material presented in this course are encouraged to contact me or the ADA Compliance Officer and Director on the Ellensburg campus at 509-963-2171 for additional disability related educational accommodations.

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