Upon successful completion of the course, student will be able to:
1. Explain relationships between the three primary institutions within the criminal justice system.
2. Distinguish between constitutional, statuatory, and case law.
3. Identify the key elements of a lawful detention and arrest.
4. Recognize rules and laws to conduct lawful searches and seizure of evidence.
5. Identify key elements of a criminal investigation.
6. Describe when a peace officer has legal authority to use force.
7. Demonstrate essential principles of arrest methods and defensive tactics.
1. Peace Officer Role and Responsibilities
a. Leadership, professionalism and ethics
b. Community relations
c. Cultural diversity
2. Criminal Justice System
a. U. S. Constitution and rights of individuals
b. Law enforcement component
c. Judicial component
d. Correctional component
3. Introduction to Criminal Law
a. Constitutional, statutory and case law
b. Felony, misdemeanor, infractions
c. Principals, accessories, accomplices
d. Crimes against the justice system
4. Search and Seizure
a. Constitutional protections/legal searches
b. Probable cause
c. Search warrants
d. Knock and notice
e. Plain view
5. Laws of Arrest
a. Constitutional rights
b. Reasonable suspicion
d. Probable cause to arrest
e. Warrant vs. warrantless arrest
f. Interview and interrogation
6. Criminal Investigation
a. Preliminary investigation
b. Evidence collection and preservation
c. Presentation of evidence
d. Investigative report writing
7. Use of Force
a. Legal authority to use force
b. Legal standard for the use of force
c. Unreasonable force
8. Arrest Methods/Defensive Tactics
a. Search of a person
b. Use of controlling force
c. Restraint devices
d. Use of impact weapon
e. Prisoner transport
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
0 - 0%
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
5 - 10%
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
25 - 40%
|State mandated skill demonstration||
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
25 - 40%
|Quizzes and final examination (multiple choice)||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
25 - 40%
|Mandatory attendance and participation as required by POST and STC.||
Instructor prepared materials.