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OSUPD partners with Department of Sociology for 2021 class

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Enrollment is open for the three-credit hour course “Bridging Partnerships through Policing” (SOC 4950) for the spring 2021 semester. The Oklahoma State University Police Department first joined with the Department of Sociology to offer the course in the fall, introducing students to the realities faced by modern law enforcement. The  course explores the fundamentals of policing in a college setting, applying both theoretical knowledge and practical experience. 


The class covers the organizational structure, function and goals of the OSUPD, a sociological perspective based on case law and modern policing principles and topics, and issues and terminology used in law enforcement. A portion of the class includes hands-on learning including crime-scene preservation, traffic stops and time on a training simulator that provides real-life scenarios in a safely controlled environment.  


“For several years we have hosted a Citizens Police Academy that provides OSU employees with a glimpse into the efforts taken to protect the campus community,” OSU Police Chief Leon Jones said. “We have taken it one step further and provided this opportunity for our students as well. It’s another opportunity to provide insight and introduce transparency into what we do.” 


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