The relationship between police and society is fraught with challenges. On the one hand, police officers may be viewed as protecting and ensuring the safety of communities, but on the other, police may be viewed as untrustworthy and even dangerous. The purpose of this course is to establish foundational knowledge through the description and interrogation of empirical evidence and criminological theories shaping the relationships between police and the communities they serve. The course will include examination of the historical and current roles of police; ethics, oversight, and accountability of police; current issues involving police patrol, use of force, crime prevention, and community (dis)engagement; and racial profiling. Whether you hold largely positive or negative views of police, this course should challenge your perspectives on the role and activities of police in society and provide you with the foundational skills and knowledge needed to assess what, if any, changes may be needed in policing.