Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Policing in America

 Title Abbreviation:   POLICING IN AMERICA

 Department:    CJ

 Course #:    114

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    430103

 EPC:    832

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Covers the history and three eras of policing; police procedures, practices and trends. Introduction to the history of motor vehicle laws and the applicability to society. Exploration of the various codes of RCW, Title 46, and WAC 468-38, and elements comprising each violation as written therein. Covers court preparation and applicability to juveniles.


Prerequisite: None.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the history and the three eras of policing.
  2. Discuss and understand police procedures, practices and trends.
  3. Understand the history behind the motor vehicle laws with which each state�s transportation system is dependent.
  4. Relate the elements which comprise the various traffic laws as written in RCW Title 46.
  5. Develop a working knowledge of the WAC and its applicability to transportation laws.
  6. Understand and recall those sections of RCW 46 which are considered felonies and gross misdemeanors.
  7. Develop an understanding of the hazardous materials section of Washington State and its applications to accident and local enforcement methods.
  8. Understand the principles behind the use and enforcement methods of applicable Federal transportation codes.
  9. Possess a working knowledge of the State and Federal transportation laws (if actively working in the criminal justice field).
  10. Possess an above average knowledge of the use and understanding of State and Federal transportation laws that will enhance their actual driving knowledge, thus performance (non-criminal justice personnel or those seeking a career in criminal justice).

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. History of policing.
  2. Three eras of policing.
  3. Police procedures, practices and trends.
  4. Washington Administrative Code (WAC).
  5. Revised Code of Washington (RCW), RCW 46.
  6. Applicable Federal Laws.
  7. Uniform Code on Traffic Control Devices.
  8. Enforcement procedures.
  9. Residency requirements.
  10. Reciprocal agreements between states.