intro to policing

Intro to Policing


  • Myths and Facts of Policing
  • History of Professional Policing
  • 21st Century Policing

For this module, you will be reading chapters 1-2 in the textbook and watching some lectures. In order to demonstrate your understanding of this module, you will need to complete the assignment related to the materials in this module.


Walker, S. and Katz, C. (2013). The Police in America: an Introduction. 8th edition. Boston: McGraw-Hill.


Please answer the following questions based on the Week 1 Power Point presentations (and audio files). Please submit your assignment through the Assignment option on Blackboard. The Assignment is worth 40 points (5 points for each question). Make sure to answer each question completely, and in full sentences. Remember, detail matters!

  1. Do police spend most of their time catching criminals and fighting crime? About what percentage of their time is devoted to crime fighting? Explain what police do with the rest of their time.
  1. What percentage of crime is actually reported to the police? What percentage is not reported to the police? Explain why someone might not report a crime.
  1. What are two negative consequences of the “police as crime-fighters only” myth? Explain why they are “negative.”
  1. Explain the primary differences between early American police and the London police.
  1. Discuss two of the factors that led to changes in American policing during the 20th century. Make sure to describe how they changed policing.
  1. What did August Vollmer contribute to American policing? Be specific about his innovations.
  1. Describe two new strategies and two new tools that define 21st century policing.
  1. Discuss the “other story” of 21st Century policing. How has the Federal Government responded to this “other story”?

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