Contemporary Policing

Course Code: CRIM 2001

Academic Year: 2021-2022

This course examines the past, present and immediate future of policing in Canada. It will introduce students to the institution of policing and its structure, processes and performance in achieving its mandated responsibilities and public expectations. Topics will include police organization, the nature of police work, service delivery models, policing in Indigenous communities, discretion, training, education and police interaction with the public and agents of the criminal justice system. The course encourages students to utilize academic research to explore the issues that confront Canadian public policing, including individual and institutionalized misconduct, use of force controversies, the effectiveness of civilian oversight, differential policing, racial bias, civil unrest, recruiting demands and the challenges inherent in the post-9/11 world.