Course Syllabus

Police Community Relations

LAJ 332

Spring 2006



Instructor:         Dr. Rodrigo Murataya              Email:     

Phone:              963-3667 @ Ellensburg           Phone:              963-3720 @ YVCC

Office:              Psychology 458                        Office hour:      T-TH 11:00 a.m.- 12:00

Office:              DHEC (@ YVCC)                  Office hour:      MTWTH 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.


LAJ Department Home Page:


Hours Available:

The instructor is available immediately following class and at other schedule times.  Students are encouraged to contact the instructor outside the classroom for a meeting or discussion.


Required Texts:

            Peak J. K., Glensor R. W., (2002).  Community policing and problem solving. (3rd Ed.) Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.


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


Course Objective:

            The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to community oriented policing as a tool that is currently being used by police departments throughout the United States to improve police community relations.  The course is designed to provide the students with a basic overview of community policing as it relates to current police work and the transition into the 21st century.  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 possibly guest speakers.


Expected Student Outcomes:

Students will have a common understanding of community policing and how it is currently used in law enforcement.  Students will be able to interview members of the community and agents of the local police departments in an effort to create a program that addresses the identified needs.  Students will also be able to locate information on the World Wide Web and summarize articles found.


Student Expectations:

Students will be expected to participate in class and in group work and will be graded on their participation.  Supplemental readings, oral reports, and written assignments will be required.  Students are required to be prepared to discuss cases.

Students will be required to attend every class session and laboratory session, even when attendance is not taken.  Students are to be prepared for class by doing the assigned readings.

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.


Materials Needed:

A GroupWise email account and class text books. Melanie or Vanna can help you activate your account during their working hours 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.    Students must turn in their written assignments to instructor via email to the following email address:


Student Attendance and Participation:


1.      Attendance and participation are required for the full benefit of the education experience.  Students are expected to come to class and be prepared to join in discussion of the material.  It is highly recommended that you complete and review the daily exercises at the end of each chapter.

2.      Each excused or unexcused absence will result in a loss of 10 attendance points and up to the maximum of 5% (50 Points) of your final grade.

3.      Class begins promptly at 5:10 p.m. every session.  Failing to attend and participate in class will severely impact your grade.

4.      Be prepared to express your viewpoint and defend it – allow others to express their point of view, as well.  These important exchanges of ideas, that will be debated, are an important element in the learning process.  If students give the appearance of not being prepared, unannounced quizzes may be given.

5.      Writing assignments shall be turned in on the days assigned. Assignments must comply with the format requirements as set forth in the syllabus and as provided by the Instructor. Failure to comply with the requirements will result in the assignment being returned to the student and treated as late until the requirements are fulfilled.




Student Responsibilities:


-         Attend Class.  If you must miss a class you should contact a class member for assignments and materials missed.


-         Work in groups.  Contribute to your groups work within your assigned role.


-         Keep up on Readings.  You must read your materials according to the schedule in the syllabus.


-         Ask questions.  If you don’t ask questions I won’t know if I have explained the material sufficiently.  I welcome questions; this gives me valuable insight in how well my teaching is going.


-         Access and Monitor your GroupWise email.  When you finish reading this you should log onto your university provided GroupWise email.  Send me a message that you have finished reading the syllabus.  My email address is  I can then create a class email list to send you material, notices, assignments, etc.  If you don’t know how to do this or have trouble with it contact the department secretary Vanna Ritchie at or 963-3715, in the Deccio Higher education Center.  If you don’t have a computer, there are free computer labs available to you around campus.



            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.  The class will be divided into different groups.  All written assignments will be turned in to the instructor via email to the following email address:


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.


There may be additional assigned readings as well.


Week              Chapters                                                           Week              Chapters

One                                                                                                                  1-2                   Six                   8-9

Two                                                                                                     3-4                   Seven               10-11

Three                                                                                                   5                      Eight                 12-13

Four                                                                             6                      Nine                 14

Five                                                                              7                      Ten                  15


Examinations will be held in class as per the syllabus.  You will be given adequate time to complete the examinations and will be expected to take them at the agreed date.  No makeups will be administered unless there is an official authorized excuse, which can be documented and verified entailing such crisis as medical/ill/accident.




Late Assignments:

            Students are expected to complete their work on time.  For each day late, an assignment will lose half of a full letter grade unless there is valid reason (see above


Evaluation and Grading:

Students will be graded on a multiple task class project, a paper of not less than 7 pages, a mid-term (May 1st, 2006) and a final (June 7th, 2006). The paper will be concerning a community problem.  Besides links on our departmental website, use both articles and books.

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 in final week (June 7th, 2006). All citations and references of written assignment must follow the American Psychological Association (APA) technical format



Make sure you specify the paper requirments to avoid future confusion as with Ms. Garza!




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


Tests = 40% Project and Paper = 50% Attendance = 5% Peer Review = 5%


Final Exam:

Wednesday, May 31, 2006


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 affect 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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