Maricopa Community Colleges  AJS270   19946-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 5-24-1994

AJS270  1994 Fall – 1999 Fall

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Occ

Community Relations

Examination, recognition and understanding of community problems; community action programs; methods of coping with human behavior, victimology, conflict and communication; ethnic and minority cultures and environments; the community and relationships with the criminal justice system.

Prerequisites: None.

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


AJS270  1994 Fall – 1999 Fall

Community Relations



Identify and describe the factors that influence the American community. (I)


Trace the development of police/community programs. (II)


Describe the use of authority as it relates to the police officer. (II)


Describe the role of the police officer as a symbol of authority. (II)


Describe the relationship between the courts and community and illustrate how this is a reflection of community politics. (III)


Identify problem areas between corrections and the community and illustrate how these are a reflection of community politics. (III)


Describe the relationship between community politics and the role of the police. (III)


Identify and describe psychological variables that may influence human behavior. (IV)


Identify and describe sociological variables that may influence human behavior. (IV)


Identify and describe the major components involved in human conflict situations. (V)


Describe the role of communication in police and community relations and identify barriers to effective communication. (VI)


Describe the organization and function of community relations units. (VII)


Identify and describe police/community programs. (VIII)


Identify and describe future trends in police/community relations. (IX)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


AJS270  1994 Fall – 1999 Fall

Community Relations


I. The American Community

A. Geographic Influence

B. Ethnic and Racial Influence

C. Functions of the Community

D. Community Interactions

E. The Changing Community

F. The Ghetto

II. Law Enforcement and Community Relations

A. History of Law Enforcement

B. Development of Police/Community Relations

C. Use of Authority by Police

D. Police as a Symbol of Authority

III. The Criminal Justice System and Community Politics

A. Politics and the Relationship of the Courts and the Community

B. Politics and the Relationship of Corrections and the Community

C. Conflicting Community Expectations

D. Finances

E. Politics and the Role of the Police

IV. Human Behavior

A. Psychological Variables

B. Sociological Variables

V. Human Conflict/Victimology

A. Intra-psychic

B. Interpersonal

C. Groups

D. Cultures

E. Adaptations

VI. Communication

A. Purposes

B. Meaning and Interpretation

C. Verbal

D. Non-Verbal

E. Barriers to Effective Communication

VII. Police/Community Relations

A. Organization

B. Function

C. Administration

VIII. Police/Community Relations Programs

A. Educational Programs

B. Citizen Involvement

C. Improvement of Services

D. Youth Programs

E. Training Programs

IX. Future Trends in Community Relations

A. Issues for Improvement

B. Problem Solving/Change Issues

C. Police Discretion

D. Diversion Programs

E. Reduced Police Histility

F. Planning and Evaluation


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