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Policing in America: An Examination of the History, Culture and Contemporary Issues in Policing and the Criminal Justice System

This course will provide students with a perspective on the development of modern policing, and current challenges facing agencies and the communities they serve. Course subject matter will include consideration of how concepts, including community values, restorative justice and social justice, drive police policy and policing methodologies. Significant attention will be given to the culture and policies of the San Francisco Police Department. The curriculum includes a critical behind the curtain look at police culture, leadership and how departments operate. The instructor will share his experiences and insights as the class considers the effectiveness of police and justice system policy related to topics including police legitimacy, use of force, police discipline, body-worn cameras, criminal prosecutions, the Opioid crisis and homelessness.

Richard Corriea

Richard Lyons Corriea is a former San Francisco Police Commander. He holds a Juris Doctorate and a Master’s in Business Administration. He is a graduate of the California Command College for police executives. During his police career he had many roles, including patrolling the streets of San Francisco, investigating violent crimes, legal advisor to the Chief of Police, heading up internal affairs, leading a crisis intervention team and station platoon lieutenant. As a senior executive, Corriea served as Supervising Captain of the entire city, Commanded the police academy and was commanding officer of Richmond Police Station. Upon promotion to Commander, Corriea had responsibility for the Department’s Metro Division, which encompassed police services in five police Districts. He has crowd-control and critical incident management experience. Corriea’s private sector experience includes the private practice of law, expert witness testimony and consulting in the aviation security industry. Corriea currently serves as Long-Term Care Ombudsman. And he is Director of the University of San Francisco’s International Institute of Criminal Justice Leadership Advisory Board, and is adjunct professor in the University’s School of Management.



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Corriea, Richard
Meeting Time
Tuesday AM
Meeting Rooms
321 left of 400 max
Lessons Of Course