Aug 12, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to college freshmen or sophomores

Catalog Description:

CRJ5451 - Agency Administration (3 hrs)

This course conducts a practical analysis of modern administration theory and supervisory and management principles. The course applies the administration principles to the unique operations of criminal justice organizations. Instruction consists of principles of organization and administration; analysis of departmental structures and operations; emphasis on the planning, specialization, recruitment, and budgeting functions.

Course Classification:




Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to help the student increase their knowledge concerning the organizational structure, operations, goals, objectives, functions, and policies of a law enforcement agency.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to identify the main organizational structures, operations, goals, objectives, functions and policies within a typical law enforcement agency.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other content as time allows.

UNIT 1: Police and Government

Outcome:  The student will develop city and agency administrative project structures.

  • Compare and contrast the differing styles of city governments.
  • List and explain the differing styles of police administrative structures.
  • Conduct research of three local level governmental and police structures.
  • Explain the strengths and weaknesses of the various governmental structures.

UNIT 2: Pre-Organizational Considerations

Outcome:  The student will develop pre-organizational resource project papers.

  • Develop a city charter from on-line research based on a specific population.
  • Prepare a police charter based upon information given in class.
  • List the purposes of developing an organizational mission statement.
  • Discuss what a newly appointed administrators should make inquires into.
  • Describe the nature of service relationships between law enforcement agencies.
  • Prepare a list of resources necessary to the basic functioning of a police agency.

UNIT 3: Administrative Processes

Outcome:  The students will plan and identify initial administrative processes.

  • Discuss the differing levels of personnel in an agency’s organization.
  • Prepare properly written objective statements for each of the basic police goals.
  • Plan for necessary resources that will allow for completing your objectives.
  • Properly classify all listed resources for budgeting considerations.
  • Identify the five main organizational considerations in planning.
  • Use charting techniques to set the initial administrative processes.

UNIT 4: Divisional Structures

Outcome:  The student will use charting techniques to set the organizational structure into a working model.

  • Determine the divisional structure necessary to attain your stated objectives.
  • Identify the manpower needs within the organizational structure.
  • Differentiate between the chain of command and span of control concepts.
  • Assign all functions to the divisional levels with the oversight responsibility.
  • Recognize the basis for distribution of manpower within an agency structure.

UNIT 5: Personnel Administration

Outcome:  The student will develop advanced administrative processes within their agency project.

  • Prepare a written policy governing the personnel selection process.
  • Develop a budget request to be submitted for review by the city government.
  • Implement purchase orders on items necessary for basic agency functioning.

Projects Required:

Each student will develop a law enforcement agency through the use of classroom notes and internet informational research.


Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Materials/Equipment Required: 

3 ring binder with dividers.

Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Timeframe:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.