CJS4600EN - Community Policing

Course description

This course will examine proactive community-oriented policing and problem solving (COPPS) in the context of changes in police department and communities. Students will examine the evolution of Community Policing, the relationship between law enforcement and the community, policing philosophy, implementation of COPPS, and methods to evaluate COPPS initiatives. Students will use Community Policing philosophy into a law enforcement agency not currently using a Community Policing strategy.

How this course benefits students

Any minister, lay leader, or mission minded believer engaging persons within the law enforcement community as well as active community members will inevitably ask themselves questions related to law enforcement practices. Those within the criminal justice profession seeking to live out a missional calling through their work would benefit from a structured and guided engagement about Community Policing. With law enforcement no longer being the sole guardians of law and order, all community members become allies in the goal of safety and quality of neighborhoods. Due to the current state, members of the community would benefit a better understanding of and knowledge of Community Policing.

Why this course is important

Community Policing has far-reaching application. The outlook on crime prevention and control, the emphasis on making community members active participants in the process of problem solving, and law enforcement’s role in Community Policing require changes within law enforcement organizations. By reinvigorating communities is essential to creating vital neighborhoods and breaking down barriers of mistrust so that meaningful partnerships between community members and law enforcement can be achieved. This application of community has long been explored in the Christian faith. It would benefit the larger mission of God for mission-minded individuals with training in criminal justice as well as community members to become an active member of a Community Policing program.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Criminal Justice
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Community Policing involves all members of society. This course could help develop biblically-educated criminal justice providers and community members.

Missionally driven

If criminal justice practitioners desire to live out their missional calling in the criminal justice field, they will desire to guide and shape their colleagues and institutions to develop relationships with community members. Many troubled communities need faith based organizations to assist in building relationships with law enforcement. Spiritual, social and support services tend to play a significant role in the lives of members of a community.

Contextually informed

The criminal justice field is a unique ministry context, and a course on Community Policing would help practitioners and community members as a whole apply broader biblical principles to the communities they work and live in.

Interculturally focused

A large part of Community Policing tends to the issues of culture and equity. Criminal justice values can change among differing cultures. Community Policing is applicable in this area.

Practically minded

Community Policing provides a practical application to the community and law enforcement working together to achieve safety and quality within neighborhoods.

Experientially transformed

Community Policing is best learned through application. Learners would bring knowledge learned in the course and apply that knowledge to a law enforcement agency that does not have a Community Policing program. This will be done by completing a plan to institute a Community Policing program in the organizations.