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LAWE 431 Police Culture

This course critically examines the (sub)culture of policing (i.e., the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors exhibited by those in law enforcement) and the representation of policing in culture (i.e., the reproduction of media propaganda that is favorable to law enforcement). This course explores complex interactions between police culture and issues relating to racism and police use of force, ethical policing, and officer safety and wellness. This course also introduces the concept of police abolition, a process that requires communities to create alternatives to policing in the event that police culture cannot be reformed.

Special information

Prerequisite: Upper Division status or instructors consent. Note: Must be a law enforcement or criminal justice major; or instructor permission.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 16, 2017 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Analyze the relationship between values espoused by the police culture and police corruption.
  • Apply the principles of integrity to issues relating to diversity within law enforcement agencies and communities.
  • Demonstrate written communication skills.
  • Describe the role culture in police agencies and how it affects police behavior.
  • Evaluate the impact of loyalty in the police culture and how it relates to racism, use of force and community interaction.

Fall 2022

Section Title Instructor
01 Police Culture Zauhar, Sean Books Course details