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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

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Introduction to Law Enforcement (CRJ 220)


Self-study, self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

January 2023 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: describe the history and philosophy of the American criminal justice system; explain the nature and extent of crime in America; analyze the impact and consequences of crime; evaluate the development, concepts, and functions of law in the criminal justice system; and describe the structure of contemporary federal, state, and local justice agencies and processes.


This course provides an introduction, overview, and survey of Criminology and the American criminal justice system by examining the role, development, policies and management of different public agencies and organizations that constitute the criminal justice system. Other topics include the study of current and future critical criminological issues such as due process, discretion in the administration of justice, community policing, police ethics, domestic violence intervention, probation and parole effectiveness and correctional issues.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Administration, Public Justice, Criminology, and Emergency Management (6/23).