Course Abstract Details

CRIM-114, Contstitutional Law For Police

Credits: 3

Course Description

CRIM-114, Constitutional Law for Police, focuses on the United States Constitution as a document of fundamental importance to our system of criminal justice with particular emphasis on the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments. Students will study leading cases concerning governmental powers and limitations and will learn to apply them to current issues. Prerequisite: CRIM-101 and CRIM- 110. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

Course Objectives:   

1. Explain the warrant requirement and the exclusionary rule. 

2. Explain the concepts of probable cause, reasonable suspicion, and articulable facts. 

3. Discuss and apply the recognized exceptions to the warrant rule, e.g., search incident to arrest, the automobile exception, plain feel, plain view, plain smell, exigency, hot pursuit, consent searches, border searches, stop and frisks, and abandonment. 

4. Identify the issues involved in obtaining confessions from juveniles and adults. 

5. Explain the procedures and substantive information necessary to obtain various types of court orders. 

6. Discuss the implications of technology as it affects the Fourth Amendment. 

7. Evaluate the equal protection ramifications as they relate to stops and frisks and the use of force.

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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