Fall 2018 - CRIM 251 D100

Introduction to Policing (3)

Class Number: 7809

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    WMC 3260, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2018
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 3182, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 131.



An examination of the organization and operation of contemporary Canadian policing. Consideration of the history and development of policing in Canada, the role of the police in Canadian society and the police occupation, including recruitment and training. Discussion of police decision making and the exercise of discretion, police powers, and structures of accountability. Managing the police organization. Examination of police-community relations and crime prevention initiatives. Students with credit for CRIM 151 may not take this course for further credit.


This course will explore the complex world of Canadian policing. The course will guide students through the various aspects of policing in Canada and will highlight some of the key trends and issues facing police services, leaders, and key stakeholders. Topics to be covered include the history, structure, and evolution of policing, contexts and trends in Canadian police work, recruitment and training of officers, community policing, crime response and crime prevention strategies, patrol and general duty policing, legal powers of police and discretion, police use of force, case investigation, accountability and oversight of police, and human resource issues in policing. Videos and guest speakers will supplement lectures and tutorial discussions in order to present a more comprehensive view of Canadian policing and to provide students with an opportunity to speak with police professionals


  • Weekly Tutorial Participation 20%
  • Midterm Exam 25%
  • Critical Review of You in Blue 25%
  • Final Exam 30%



1. Griffiths, C.T., 2016 (4th Ed). Canadian Police Work. Toronto: Nelson Education.

2. Saville, G. & Cleveland, G. (2015). You in blue: A guide for the new cop. Available to order online at: http://www.youinblue.net

All other reading material available through the library system or via the instructor.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

ATTENTION: STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY: Please contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities, (MBC 1250 or Phone 778-782-3112) if you need or require assistance, not your individual instructors.  

  • N.B.: Students are reminded that attendance in the first week of classes is important. However, there are no tutorials in the first week.
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  • A student must complete ALL aspects of a course (including assignments, exams, class participation, presentations, chat room components of Distance Education courses and other), otherwise he/she will receive a grade of N. 
  • E-mail policy for on campus courses only: The School of Criminology STRONGLY DISCOURAGES the use of e-mail in lieu of office hour visits. Criminology advises its instructional staff that they are NOT required to respond to student e-mails and that students wishing to confer with them should do so in person during scheduled meeting times.
  • The University has formal policies regarding intellectual dishonesty and grade appeals which may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology.
  • Under GP18, the University has policies and procedures which respond to our obligations under the BC Human Rights Code to provide a harassment and discrimination free environment for the students, staff and faculty of this institution.  Members of this community have an affirmative obligation to safeguard the human rights of others.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html