SRJC Course Outlines

6/20/2024 3:14:34 AMAJ 52 Course Outline as of Fall 2008

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  AJ 52Title:  PUBLIC SAFETY COMM  
Full Title:  Public Safety Communications
Last Reviewed:4/9/2012

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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This course deals with all aspects of public safety communication.  It will cover the techniques of effectively communicating facts, information, and ideas in a clear and logical manner for a variety of public safety systems reports.  

Course Completion of AJ 50

Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course deals with all aspects of public safety communication.  Emphasis is on written communications, criminal justice terminology, note-taking, interviewing and testifying.  
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of AJ 50
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:Fall 2012
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify the potential uses of written communication in the public
safety professions.
2. Demonstrate the ability to write reports that conform to accepted
professional standards.
3. Extract and organize information from a variety of sources into
written and verbal reports describing/defining problems.
4. Demonstrate the ability to take field notes that include the
information needed to complete a crime or incident report.
5. Demonstrate the ability to reduce observations and other information
to clear, concise, logically organized reports that are readable and
relatively free of mechanical errors.
6. Demonstrate the ability to write all required elements of an offense.
7. Demonstrate the basic techniques of interviewing.
8. Demonstrate the basic techniques of testifying.
9. Demonstrate ability to write accurate and factual reports, containing
the reportable elements of incidents, synthesizing several sources and based upon observation and
listening skills.  

Topics and Scope
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I. Written communication
   A. How crime, incident and arrest reports are used by the
     criminal justice system
      1. Statistics
      2. Documentation
      3. Minimize liability
   B. What is a report?
      1. Definition of a report
      2. Importance of a good report
         a. Your credibility/reputation
         b. Enables the justice system to work better
         c. Responsibility for taking reports
II. Notetaking
   A. Characteristics of field notes
      1. Record brief notes in the field while facts are fresh
        in mind
      2. Pertinent data.
      3. Subject to subpoena
   B. Develop permanent field notes
III. Writing crime reports
   A.  Critical characteristics of a crime report
      1. Factual
      2. Objective
      3. Accurate
      4. Clear
      5. Concise
      6. Complete and thorough
      7. Use of first person and active voice
   B. Organization and structure of report narratives
      1. Gather information during preliminary investigation
      2. Analyze facts and information
      3. Condense into a factual concise, yet thorough, document
   C. Defenses asserted by suspect
      1. Miranda issues
      2. Exclusionary Rule issues
      3. Probable Cause
      4. Civil Rights violations
      5. Credibility of victims/witnesses/officers
   D. General content
      1. Who
      2. What
      3. When
      4. Where
      5. Why
      6. How
   E. Types of reports
      1. Property crimes, including felony and misdemeanor
         a. Burglary
         b. Petty theft
         c. Vandalism
      2. Violent crimes, including felony and misdemeanor
         a. Homicide
         b. Assault with a deadly weapon
         c. Battery
      3. Sex crimes
         a. Sexual assault
         b. Unlawful sexual intercourse
         c. Child molestation
      4. Domestic violence crimes
         a. Domestic violence
         b. Domestic battery
         c. Violation of a Domestic Violence Restraining Order
      5. Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
         a. In progress
         b. DUI related accident/vehicular manslaughter
      6. Juvenile
         a. Offense report
         b. Missing person/runaway
   F. Style used by law enforcement agencies
      1. First person-active
      2. Avoid police jargon
      3. Chronological order
   G. Basic mechanics allowed
      1. Writing resources
      2. Tools
         a. Dictionaries
         b. Spelling checkers
         c. Internet
         d. Books
IV. Minimum standards for arrest report
    A. Elements of a crime
    B. Probable cause to arrest
    C. Lawful search
    D. Recovery of evidence
    E. Miranda if appropriate
V.  Minimum standards for investigative report
    A. Elements of a crime
    B. Statements of victim(s), witness(es)
    C. Crime scene details
    D. Recovery and collection of physical evidence  

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1.  8 written reports of 2-4 pages.
2.  6-8 quizzes on lecture material
3.  Observe and take notes on 6-8 interview scenarios and prepare
written reports.
4.  Students complete 6-8 written reports based on observation of
criminal offense scenarios.
5.  Complete required instruction in Investigative Report Writing as
required by Training specifications for the Basic Law Enforcement
Course as mandated by the Calif. Commission on Peace Officer
Standards and Training.  

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 60%
Written homework, Arrest and investigative reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 50%
Multiple choice, Quizzes & scenario-based report writing.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 25%
Class participation.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Goodman, Debbie, REPORT IT IN WRITING, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall, NJ,
POST Workbook, Investigative Report Writing, current edition.  

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