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EAC to offer Criminology and Police Function classes in Spring 2010

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EAC to offer Criminology and Police Function classes in Spring 2010

By Jeanné Schaser

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Administration of Justice Department is pleased to be offering Criminology and Police Function classes for the Spring 2010 semester. Both classes will be taught by Cornel Stemley, EAC Administration of Justice instructor, and will be offered as in-person courses at EAC’s Thatcher campus. Additionally, a section of Criminology will also be offered as an online class.

Criminology (AJS225, section #0539 for Thatcher campus, or section #1983 for online) will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 to 9:15 a.m. “This is an excellent course for understanding the biological, psychological and sociological approaches to studying crime and its causation. Learners will examine victimology and the effects of crime on both primary and secondary victims,” says Stemley. “The course will also explain why a person commits a crime. Every day we hear on the news about crimes occurring: murders, drive-by shootings, home invasions, serial killers, and many others. Take Criminology to learn about the psychological, sociological, routine activity theory, rational choice theory and social theory surrounding those events.”

Police Function (AJS266, section #1982) can be taken as a required class for an AA and AAS Degree in Administration of Justice or used as an elective course towards an AA Degree. “If students have a personal interest in law enforcement functions and technology, this class will provide them with insight into operations, procedures, and equipment used,” explains Stemley.

“This course provides students with exposure to actual law enforcement operations,” continues Stemley. “It allows them the opportunity to experience real life police training applications and ride along with law enforcement personnel in a large city on patrol. They’ll learn about law enforcement and patrol procedure, preliminary investigation steps, radio and police communication, officer contact with suspects, traffic and felony stops, police reports, law enforcement disaster response, job opportunities in law enforcement, and much more.”