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This course introduces students to concept of legitimacy in policing and the related reform efforts implemented in police departments throughout the United States in recent years. Policing in the United States is in the midst of a period of intense public scrutiny and transformation. Incidents of excessive police use of force and counter protests in Ferguson, New York City, Chicago, and elsewhere have strained police-community relations across the country and sparked polarized political reactions. New technological capabilities have increased public expectations of transparency and efficiency in policing while raising concerns about privacy and due process rights. The Obama Administration Department of Justice launched federal investigations and demanded court-enforced reforms to many municipal police departments, then the Trump Administration Department of Justice rolled back federal oversight of police where it could. This course will equip students to understand the issues at stake in the contemporary policy debates surrounding policing and the foundational scholarly knowledge underpinning those debates.

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Quarter Instructor(s) Day(s) Time(s)
Fall 2021 Boyce R Robert Owens Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM