DC4004 - Policing Communities: Law and Procedure

What will I learn on this module?

This module will introduce you to the powers, procedures and law that you will need to police communities lawfully and ethically. The module will explore strategies for policing communities which will enable you to effective ethically and professionally detect crimes, protect the public and police the roads. This will include you gaining an understanding of relevant legislation and guidance associated with different forms of policing. The module will consider general legal themes and policies in relation to policing, while introducing students specifically to

1. Crime Recording, Intelligence, Policing communities.
2. Evidence Based Policing, Problem Solving, PACE powers.
3. Response Policing: Roads Policing and Drugs.
4. Understanding the Role of the PC (i): Disorder, Damage and Offensive Weapons.
5. Understanding the Role of the PC (ii): Substantive Criminal Offences & Investigative Powers.

CoP PCDA curriculum learning outcomes (content):

Policing Communities 1.1-1.6,2.1-2.4,3.1-3.4, 4.1-4.4, 5.1-5.8
Criminal Justice 2.1-2.2, 4.2, 5.2-5.7, 6.1-6.3
Information and Intelligence 1.1-8.5
Digital Policing 3.1, 4.1, 7.1
Understanding the role of the PC 7.2, 7.3, 7.4
Evidenced based Policing 1.1 - 1.4 2.1,2.2, 3.1, 4.1-4.5
POP 1.1-2.5
Conducting Investigations 1.2, 1.3 - 2.2, 2.4-2.6, 2.9-2.10, 2.15, 2.17, 3.1-3.8a, 2.16, 3.12, 3.13, 3.15, 9.11
Roads Policing 1.1-7.7
Response Policing 2.5a, 4.10, 4.11, 4.12, 4.15, 4.16, 4.22, 5.1-5.3, 6.1- 8.15, 9.1-10.4
Decision Making and Discretion 3.1-5.3
Public Protection 1.1, 1.20
Victims and Witnesses: 7.1

The full CoP National Policing curriculum will be accessible to module tutors on the module Blackboard Site.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will run across five weeks with students learning through a blend of workshops, panopto-supported lectures, and tutor-guided/student-independent learning. The tutors will use historical and current developments, case law and academic writing to give context to core principles. You will then be learning through a series of different delivery styles which will include traditional taught lectures blended with podcasts/recorded lectures to cover theoretical / procedural aspects of the curriculum. This will be supplemented with seminar and workshop sessions where you will be a more active learner, making connections between theory/procedure in practice. Additional learning strategies utilised throughout the module include practical and online exercises. There will be directed independent learning to go beyond the lecture content. The module eLearning Portal (Blackboard Ultra) site contains a module handbook outlining the content of the module. Lecture slides, digital lecture recordings, podcasts and seminar exercises will also be made available on Blackboard Ultra. Formative feedback will be provided on knowledge and understanding of module content as well as a number of opportunities to engage with the method of assessment used in the module.

This will be a dynamic module that not only rely on didactic instruction, but practical simulation to enrich your learning experience. There are a variety of delivery mechanisms which, along with your independent study for the module, will include:

• Research rich lecture components – drawing upon the most relevant empirical materials.
• An opportunity for you to read and independently engage with scholarly and policy perspectives identified in the electronic reading list.
• Guest speakers including academics and practitioners in the field.
• An opportunity for you to work collaboratively with your peers.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The academic support on the module is designed to help you engage with the wide range of sources and to evaluate their effectiveness and currency. Your module tutors will be the primary source of academic guidance and will encourage critical reflection on knowledge, experience and practice of financial crime and its impact. Support in these areas underpins the learning and teaching philosophy along with the explicit development of the PEQF learning outcomes. Your learning will also be supported by a range of electronic materials, which are made available to all students via Blackboard Ultra. These include lecture recordings, policy documents, additional reading, and self-test exercises. Academic support is also available through formative feedback during timetabled sessions. You will get formative assessment, by various questions in module materials, group discussion, informal peer assessment and assessed and non-assessed exercises. Your tutors will give oral and written feedback to you as required. At programme level you will be supported by the Programme Leader who will provide pastoral support throughout the module and the programme as a whole.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of key principles of law and procedure be able to apply those principles in the context of given scenarios encountered by police.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Carry out policing duties including public protection and policing the roads, effectively and ethically.
3. Demonstrate your knowledge of the strategies to engage with the policing of communities including an understanding of how evidenced based policing and POP enhance the efficiency of core police duties

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Understand and put into practice the fundamental responsibility of the police service to identify and support those who are vulnerable or at risk

5. Enhance your knowledge and understanding of key principles of criminal law and acquire the necessary knowledge and carry out lawful, safe and effective policing tasks in a variety of situations.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment

Knowledge: There will be self-test questions which will be used to ensure that you are aware of the theoretical/doctrinal elements of the module.
Practical: There will be numerous practical exercises throughout the module that will address different skills in the module. giving students opportunity to practice ahead of the final practical assessment.

Summative assessment

1. Knowledge: Module Learning Objectives 1,2 & 5 will assess the following:

• Online tests (100%) - The students will be assessed via five x 10 question Multiple Choice Question assessments. Each will cover a different substantive theme covered through the module. Each MCQ will have a time limit of 30 minutes. They will be managed and marked through Blackboard Ultra.

2. Practical: Module Learning Objectives 2,3,4 & 5 will assess the following:

• At the end of the module there will be two assessed role play practical exercises covering stop & search and arrest. Each will last 10 minutes followed by 5 minutes of questions based around the practical exercise. Practical assessments are pass/fail and will assess MLO 2,3,4,5

Assessment Criteria and Grade-Related Criteria will be made available to you to support you in completing assessments.

Grade-Related Descriptors are descriptions of the level of skills, knowledge and/or attributes that you need to demonstrate in order achieve a certain grade or mark in an assessment, providing a mechanism by which the quality of an assessment can be measured and placed within the overall set of marks.





Module abstract

This module will provide you with a problem-focused approach to the law, policy and procedures that you will need in order to effectively, lawfully and ethically police your community. The module will start by looking at approaches to handling information, dealing with intelligence and understand the way in which digital information can be used to community engagement. You will examine how crimes are recorded and investigated ethically and respecting human rights and other professional obligations. You will develop the ability to locate relevant criminal law and other guidance documents and to understand and explain this specialised information. You will also develop the ability to explain principles of criminal law and professional policing by forming structured and coherent arguments, using correct legal terminology, and to problem solve by applying your knowledge of criminal procedure to factual scenarios. You will also learn how to use police powers in different, practical scenarios, including policing the roads, managing disorder, protecting the public, and other situations where police action is required.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 Years Full Time

Department Social Sciences

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start August 2022

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