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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Law Enforcement in the 21st Century (LAW-250)


Varies (self-study; self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

March 2021 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: describe the origins and development of law enforcement; define traditional policing and police professionalization; provide a fundamental understanding of law enforcement and the law; compare and contrast basic policing functions and units; identify basic responsibilities of patrol and traffic; apply the laws of search and seizure, arrest, and interrogation; apply the principles of investigation and evidence collection; outline police discretion and behavior; examine policing in multicultural communities; describe the concept of policing the police; examine the concepts of community policing and problem solving; analyze the advances in policing and new technologies; and recognize the standards required for police recruitment and retention.


Law Enforcement in the 21st Century (LAW-250) examines difficult decisions that criminal justice professionals and agencies make in an environment of competing interests. The decision making of criminal justice professionals is often impacted by their internal as well as external forces. Emphasis is placed on addressing issues and concerns of our justice process in personal, agencies, social, and criminal justice contexts.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Police Science, or Police Administration (5/21).