SRJC Course Outlines

6/20/2024 2:05:05 AMAJ 52 Course Outline as of Spring 2002

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 is an introductory course dealing 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, i.e. crime/violation/incident reports, letters, memoranda, directives, and administrative reports.  Students will gain practical experience in interviewing, note taking, report writing and testifying.

Completion of AJ 50 with a C or better.

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

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

Prerequisites:Completion of AJ 50 with a C or better.
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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   The students will:
A. Identify the potential uses of written
communication in the public safety professions.
B. Demonstrate the ability to write reports that conform to accepted
      professional standards (e.g. recording of all relevant information,
      use of first person, use of active voice, etc.); be able to extract
and organize information from a variety of sources into written and
        verbal reports describing/defining problems.
       C. demonstrate the ability to take field notes that include the
      information needed to complete a crime or incident report (e.g.
      description of suspects, names of victims and witnesses, etc.)
       D. demonstrate the ability to reduce observations and other inform
      tion to clear, concise, logically organized reports that are read-
      able and relatively free of mechanical errors
       E. 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 & Training (Minimum 40 hrs.)
       F. Demonstrate the basic techniques of interviewing and testifying
     G. Write accurate and factual reports, containing the reportable
       elements of incidents, based upon the student's observation and
       listening skills.

Topics and Scope
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I. What is a report?
   A. How crime, incident and arrest reports are used by the criminal
      justice system
      1. Definition of a report
      2. The importance of a good report.
      3. Responsibility for taking reports
II. Notetaking
   A. Characteristics of field notes
      1. Record brief notes while fresh in mind
      2. Notes will include all pertinent data.
   B. Use of notes.
III.Writing crime reports
   A. Characteristics of an acceptable law enforcement report
      1. Reports must be or contain:
         a. Factual
   b. Objective
         c. Existence of facts
         d. Opinions
         e. Accurate
         f. Complete
         g. Clear and concise
   B. Organization and structure of report narratives
      1. Gather information during preliminary investigation
      2. Analyze the facts and information
         a. Criminal incidents
   C. Anticipating defenses which are likely to be asserted by a suspect
      1. Probable cause
      2. Miranda
      3. Reliability of victim, witnesses.
   D. General content requirements of crime, incident, and arrest reports
      1. Who, what, where, why, when, how.
   E. Understanding the difference between facts and inferences
      1. Who, what, where, why, when, how.
   F. Elements of clear writing to include:
      1. Logical relationships between narrative elements
      2. Chronological sequencing of events
      3. Natural vocabulary
      4. Active voice
      5. First person
   G. Basic writing mechanics to include:
      1. Writing Resources
         a. Tools
                1. Electronic references
                2. Spell checkers
                3. Internet
                4. Books
      2. Basic Techniques of factual writing
      3. Basic Planning process
      4. Information Sources
      5. Communication Process
      6. Words
      7. The Sentence
      8. The Paragraph
      9. The Structure
     10. Testimony
     11. Future of Criminal Justice System
IV. Minimal Standards in 5.5.2. (Exercise - Arrest Reports)
   A. Given a depiction of an arrest situation which is based upon a
      POST-developed video re-enactment or scenario, or an equivalent
      academy-developed video, simulation, or scenario, the student will
      generate an acceptable report in class.  The report must reflect
      an arrest situation which minimally incorporates: (9-1-93)
      1. Elements of a crime
      2. Probable cause to stop
      3. Probable cause to search/seize
      4. Recovery of evidence
      5. Probable cause to arrest
      6. Admonishment of the suspect, if appropriate
V. Minimal Standards in 5.5.3 (Exercise-Investigative Reports
   A. Given a depiction of a criminal investigation which is based upon
      a POST-developed video re-enactment or scenario, or an equivalent
      academy-developed video, simulation, or scenario, the student will
      generate an acceptable report in class.  The report must reflect a
      criminal investigation which minimally incorporates: (9-1-93)
      1. Elements of a crime
      2. Statements of victim(s) and/or witness(es)
      3. Pertinent crime scene details
      4. Physical evidence
IV.Learning Activity 13.18.1-Practice Reports
   A. Students will be required to generate five practice reports based
      on either POST-developed video re-enactments of crimes, investiga-
      tions or law enforcement-related incidents, or based upon equiva-
      lent simulations, scenarios or videotape depictions developed by
      the academy.
   B. The events selected should require reports reflecting a progressive
      level of difficulty (e.g., from a simple unwitnessed crime to
      more complex events involving the articulation of probable cause
      to stop, probable cause to arrest, statements of witnesses, etc.)
   C. Formal feedback to the student regarding the quality of the report
      - The purpose of requiring feedback is to provide ongoing evalua-
      tion and documentation of student strengths and weaknesses so that
      the student is able to progressively improve.

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1.  Quizzes on classroom lecture material.
2.  Written reports.
3.  College-level critical thinking assignments.
4.  Notebook required of required exercises..

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
20 - 70%
Written homework, Reading reports, Report writing
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, Filling out actual reports.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 30%
Oral Presentations, class participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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POST Workbook "Learning Domain 18, most current version.

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