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ADMJUS-110 - Principles and Procedures of the Justice System - Brian Hospodar

Course:Principles and Procedures of the Justice System
Professor:Brian Hospodar
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Brian Hospodar

Welcome everyone...

You're in the right place.  Here, we will unpack the essence of what it means to work inside the criminal justice system.  This is a place to develop pride in serving society.  To honor our Constitution.  We do this by developing the skills required of a professional.  Some of those skills center around conducting or overseeing thorough investigations leading to arrests and convictions of those who choose to be predators.  Those who consciously destabilize the peace and balance of community and our society.  You may be here to discover whether you should pursue a career in this profession.  This course will help you decide and will also allow you to experience the satisfaction of knowing that this work serves a greater good.  While addressing students, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Philosopher, Dr. Albert Schweitzer said, "But I know one thing:  the only ones of you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve."  People who choose criminal justice as a profession, and then serve, are happy people.  Coming into the knowledge that what you do does profoundly serve humanity...   is perhaps the greatest reward.  I look forward to the journey with you.


A member of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) since 1980.  A third-generation cop, I have extensive investigative, supervisory and operational experience, and have conducted complex investigations into criminal activity while assigned to Major Crimes, Vice, and Narcotics Divisions.  I've been a Patrol Supervisor, Venice Beach Detail Supervisor, VICE Supervisor, and Detective in Narcotics, Counter-Terrorism, and Transnational Organized Crime.  

I have developed relationships and worked closely with a number of federal and municipal law enforcement agencies having held a U.S. Government clearance.  I was also selected by the State Department to work for the United Nations investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  I lived for one-year in the war-torn former Yugoslavia preparing criminal cases for the World Court at the Hague.  This experience allowed me a unique international law enforcement perspective.  I co-started the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA), Sensitive Investigations Unit (SIU) as a Task Force Officer.  Our mission at SIU was to investigate transnational organized crime syndicates trafficking drugs to support world-wide terrorism.  

Much of my work has focused on transforming law enforcement from within the institution.  I have developed several law enforcement courses addressing significant strategic needs and wrote the LAPD’s ‘Supervisory Guide to Discipline’ and ‘Search Warrant Manual’.  I have taught Recruit, In-service, Supervisory, Civilian, Management, and Command College courses at the Los Angeles Police Academy.  I am an Instructor for the Los Angeles County Regional Training Center teaching in-service courses to Police Officers.  I hold a B.S. in Business Management.  I am also a Certified Yoga instructor teaching cops to de-escalate from the inside-out.

Course Description

Presents the historical development and legal implications involved in the documentation of criminal incidents.  Presents the philosophy of law with regard to recording evidence, and U.S. Constitutional provisions, including definitions, integration of crime elements using criminal codes and the California Jury Instructions, classification of crimes, concepts of legal research, and case law.   


  • Interpret criminal acts and methods for recording and memorializing those acts
  • Analyze criminal acts, their elements, parties to offenses, and application to the criminal justice system
  • Analyze and practice the legal process of writing comprehensive professional police reports as well as how to gather and record written evidence for presentation into the criminal justice system
  • Express an increased awareness of the legal principles of criminal law and application

What to Expect in this Course

Getting Started

Using Canvas.  If you are unfamiliar with using Canvas and need help logging in, you can view several tutorials online:

If you are having trouble getting into Canvas, call the helpdesk at (661) 362-3344 or by email at

Note:  The Canvas course site cannot be accessed until the first day of the scheduled semester.

Important on First Day of Class 

To avoid being dropped from the course as a “No Show,” you must login to the course website on Canvas and complete a discussion board activity by 11:59 p.m. on the first day of class.  If you do not complete this assignment by the deadline, you will be dropped from this course.  Again, the website becomes available for student access at 8:00 a.m. and the assignment will be due no later than 11:59 p.m.  It is not enough to login to the Canvas course, you must also complete the discussion board activity to be counted as “present” in the course.

Rules of Netiquette

“Netiquette” is network etiquette, the do’s and don'ts of online communication.  Netiquette covers both common courtesy online and the informal “rules of the road” of cyberspace.  This link, provides a summary about Netiquette for your reference.

Required Online Skills

Internet Service.  You will need reliable and consistent internet access with an up-to-date browser, such as Firefox or Chrome.  AOL’s browser is often times not compatible with the Canvas platform.  In the case of technical internet problems, you may make use of the computer labs located on campus at COC.

Computer Skills.  A basic skill set in computer literacy will be necessary for this course.  You should be able to navigate the internet and should be able to create and handle basic documents, cut, copy, and paste, and manipulate basic email attachments.

Types of Assessments

GRADING:  In assigning the final grade, I will look at your understanding of the material and overall performance as well as your contribution to the class. Assessment of your performance will be based on journals, quizzes, exams, current events, and participation in discussions. Your grade will be based on the total accumulation of course points listed above.

QUIZZES & EXAMS:  Quizzes and exams will cover material from the syllabus, textbook & other materials in the weekly modules.  These quizzes will be taken online via Canvas. Each quiz will be made available on the Monday the module begins and will remain available until 11:59 PM on the following Sunday.   Once the deadline is reached the quiz will close and will not be available to you again.  There will be no make-up quizzes or exams.  

Textbook Information


Criminal Procedure: Law and Practice, 10th Edition

DEL CARMEN, Rolando V. and HEMMENS, Craig

Cengage Learning Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-305-57736-7

Other Relevant Course Information

This course will use the Socratic method which is a form of cooperative argumentative dialogue designed to stimulate critical thinking to draw out ideas and underlying presumptions.  This course will also be conducted using both synchronous and asynchronous methods of instruction.

If there are any questions regarding this Orientation Letter, please email me at  Remember, I am here to help you do your personal best!   Enjoy your journey!

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Last updated: 08/09/2022 Sub#: 932