Week 05, Criminal Justice System

Assignments for Week 5:

1. Read Chapter 5, “Public Policing and Private Security” in your textbook. We will have Quiz #4 on these chapters and on last week’s lecture. 

2. Lecture, Chapter 6, The Police: Organization, Role, and Function.

3. Critical Thinking Questions for Group Discussion from Chapter 5: 

a. List the problems faced by today’s police departments that were also present during the early days of policing.

b. There is concern that history may be repeating itself in policing due to increased reliance on civilian volunteers and privatization. Is this cause for concern?

c. Distinguish among the duties of the state police, sheriff’s departments, and local police departments.

d. What is the Department of Homeland Security? What are its component law enforcement agencies?

e. Private police outnumber public by a factor of three to one. Is this beneficial or harmful?

f. What are some of the technological advances that should help the police solve more crimes? What are the dangers of these advances?

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