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College Writing Assignments Law Enforcement

  CJ V01 - INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE - 3 Units

  1. Differentiate between the functions of the three components of the criminal justice system
  2. Identify and compare the functions of the three components of the criminal justice system
  3. Identify and assess the general constitutional principles relevant to the administration of justice

Assessment Method: Writing assignments, Reading assignments, Tests, In-class activities, and Discussions

  CJ V02 - CONCEPTS OF CRIMINAL LAW - 3 Units

  1. Interpret case decisions and precedent
  2. Analyze criminal acts, their elements, parties to offenses, and application to the criminal justice system
  3. Express an increased awareness of the legal principles of criminal law and its application

Assessment Method: Writing assignments, Reading assignments, Tests, In-class activities, and Discussions 

  CJ V03 - COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND DIVERSITY - 3 Units

  1. Recognize the difference between Police Community Relations and Community Oriented Policing
  2. Apply the S.A.R.A. model in problem-solving as it applies to community oriented policing
  3. Demonstrate an increased understanding of the impact that ethics, emotions and prejudices have on discretionary decision making

Assessment Method: Writing assignments, Reading assignments, Tests, In-class activities, and Discussions

  CJ V04 - LEGAL ASPECTS OF EVIDENCE - 3 Units

  1. Evaluate the admissibility of testimonial, documentary, real and physical evidence in a criminal trial by applying the appropriate Evidence Code statutes
  2. Articulate the processes for the adversarial examination of evidence and differentiate between the roles of the district attorney and defense counsel in the presentation of evidence
  3. Compare and contrast the 4th, 5th, 6th and 14th amendments and case law that interprets these amendments in their application to the rules of evidence

Assessment Method: Writing assignments, Reading assignments, Tests, In-class activities, and Discussions

 CJ V05 - CRIMINAL PROCEDURES - 3 Units

  1. Analyze legal concepts
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in case law, criminal procedure updates and custodial laws
  3. Identify right to counsel and trial rights issues

Assessment Method: Writing assignments, Reading assignments, Tests, In-class activities, and Discussions

CJ V07 - PATROL PROCEDURES - 3 Units

  1. Identify emergency and non-emergency situations and discuss how to safely handle them
  2. Apply the powers of perception and observation to accurately describe persons, places or things
  3. Exam and apply proper officer safety techniques

Assessment Method: Writing assignments, Reading assignments, Tests, In-class activities, and Discussions

CJ V08 - CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION - 3 Units

  1. Compare and contrast the different methods of crime scene investigation and evidence collection in classroom discussions
  2. Apply proper witness interviewing and suspect interrogation techniques and be able to clearly define the difference
  3. Compare and contrast different specialized scientific methods commonly utilized by the criminal investigator

 Assessment Method: Writing assignments, Reading assignments, and Tests

CJ V11 - AIKIDO - 1-1.5 Units

  1. Demonstrate through classroom discussions an understanding of the basic principles of Aikido and its historical roots and development
  2. Participate in a flexibility program that includes daily stretching, strengthening, and cardiovascular fitness
  3. Demonstrate through practical application a basic understanding of how to fall to the ground and get back up safely

     Assessment Method: Tests, In-class activities, and scenarios

CJ V18 - DRUG INVESTIGATION AND ENFORCEMENT - 3 Units

  1. Identify the source, history and effects on the central nervous system of various drugs
  2. Identify and discuss current theories in drug prevention and rehabilitation
  3. Interpret substantive statutes in the Uniformed Controlled Substance Act

Assessment Method: Writing assignments, Reading assignments, Tests, and In-class activities

CJ V19 – ANATOMY OF MURDER - 3 Units

  1. Identify the source, history and effects of murder in the United States
  2. Identify and discuss current theories in serial murder investigation 
  3. Interpret crime scene evidence left behind by the perpetrator in identifying the type of murder committed.

 Assessment Method: Writing assignments, Reading assignments, Tests, and In-class activities

 CJ V25 - INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS - 3 Units

Upon successful completion on this course the student will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the various historical efforts and comtemporary trends in corrections as they apply to punishment and reduction of recidivism
  2. Identify ethical issues involved in dealing with offenders in institutional and community settings
  3. Recall, list, and define common terms used in the field of corrections

Assessment Method: Writing assignments, Reading assignments, Tests, In-class activities, and Discussions

CJ V27 - INTRODUCTION TO PROBATION AND PAROLE - 3 Units

  1. Compare and contrast the various historical views concerning the response to crime
  2. Demonstrate, describe and accurately prepare a pre-sentence report
  3. Identify, describe and contrast the intermediate punishments used in place of confinement of offenders

Assessment Method: Writing assignments, Reading assignments, Tests, In-class activities, and Discussions

CJ V28 - FUNDAMENTALS OF CRIMINOLOGY - 3 Units

  1. Define criminal and social deviance
  2. Identify treatment plans for criminal deviants
  3. Describe the classes of criminal deviance from street crime to occupational crime

  Assessment Method: Writing assignment,s Reading assignments, Tests, In-class activities, and Discussions

CJ V30 - VICTIMOLOGY - 3 Units
  1. Compare and contrast the various historical views concerning society's response to crime victims
  2. Evaluate the roles of each element of the justice system as it relates specifically to crime victims
  3. Identify a specific court case in the law library

  Assessment Method: Writing assignments, Reading assignments, Tests, In-class activities, and Discussions

 CJ V35 – INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE - 3 Units SAME AS ANTH35

  1. Practice and assess the application of forensic techniques to the analysis of biological and physical evidence.
  2. Differentiate the applied forensic methods used to evaluate various types of evidence.
  3. Identify and process the common steps taken during a scene search.
  4. Evaluate the limitations of forensic techniques and interpretations.

Assessment Method: Writing assignments, Reading assignments, Tests, In-class activities, and Discussions

CJ V35L – INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE LAB - 3 Units SAME AS ANTH89b

  1. Practice and assess the application of forensic techniques to the analysis of biological and physical evidence.
  2. Differentiate the applied forensic methods used to evaluate various types of evidence.
  3. Identify and process the common steps taken during a scene search.
  4. Evaluate the limitations of forensic techniques and interpretations.

Assessment Method: Writing assignments, Reading assignments, Tests, In-class activities, and Discussions

CJ V45 - COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING OFFICER: P.O.S.T. - 2.5 Units

  1. Demonstrate the legal and liability aspects of training
  2. Prepare accurate documentation of trainee performance
  3. Develop and deliver a simulated performance evaluation to a trainee

Assessment Method: Writing assignments, Reading assignments, Tests, and In-class activities

CJ V70 – EXTENDED BASIC/RESERVE PEACE OFFICER TRAINING: LEVELS III AND II - 12 Units

  1. Define and recognize the fundamental duties, obligations and philosophies of the criminal justice system and function within the law enforcement field
  2. Define and recognize situations and scenarios relating to application of the California Penal Code, California Health and Safety Code and the California Vehicle Code and apply the appropriate law
  3. Define and recognize the techniques of crime scene searches, courtroom demeanor, and criminal investigation related to child abuse and sexual assault situations

Assessment Method: Writing assignments, Reading assignments, Tests, In-class activities, Scenario and physical fitness testing

CJ V71 - EXTENDED BASIC/RESERVE PEACE OFFICER TRAINING: LEVEL I

  1. Define and recognize the fundamental duties, obligations and philosophies of the criminal justice system and function within the law enforcement field
  2. Define and recognize situations and scenarios relating to application of the California Penal Code, California Health and Safety Code and the California Vehicle Code and apply the appropriate law
  3. Define and recognize the techniques of crime scene searches, courtroom demeanor, and criminal investigation related to child abuse and sexual assault situations

 Assessment Method: Writing assignments, Reading assignments, Tests, In-class activities, Scenario and
physical fitness testing

CJ V85 - PC 832: ARREST, SEARCH AND SEIZURE - 2.5 Units
  1. Using training and necessary materials , accurately define, demonstrate and recognize how professionalism, ethics and moral standards relate to a law enforcement career
  2. Using training and necessary materials , accurately define, demonstrate and recognize the concepts and terminology that is needed to understand the California criminal justice system
  3. Using training and necessary materials , accurately identify, define, and recognize provisions of the United States and California Constitutions that protect citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures of people, houses and personal property

Assessment Method: Writing assignments, Reading assignments, Tests, In-class activities, Discussions

CJ V86 - PC 832: FIREARMS - .5 Unit

  1. Demonstrate an increased awareness of the care, cleaning and use of firearms
  2. Identify situations where use of deadly force can or cannot be used
  3. Demonstrate a knowledge of safe firearms rules and regulations

Assessment Method: Writing assignments, Reading assignments, Tests, In-class activities, Firearms scenario testing, Discussions

CJ V89B – INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE LAB - 3 Units SAME AS ANTH89B

  1. Practice and assess the application of forensic techniques to the analysis of biological and physical evidence.
  2. Differentiate the applied forensic methods used to evaluate various types of evidence.
  3. Identify and process the common steps taken during a scene search.
  4. Evaluate the limitations of forensic techniques and interpretations.

Assessment Method: Writing assignments, Reading assignments, Tests, In-class activities, and Discussions

CJ V90 - DIRECTED STUDIES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE - 1-6 Units

  1. Apply actual experience to clearly and accurately complete a specified project
  2. Improve performance by demonstrating in writing increased understanding in the practical application of recently learned skills
  3. Using field research apply time management skills to complete a project

Assessment Method: Writing assignments, Reading assignments, Discussions  

Accurate and intelligent reporting and documentation is crucial to Law Enforcement. Police officers spend a significant amount of time completing paperwork necessary for the criminal justice process. An officer is most often the first point of contact in a criminal situation, and having professional writing skills is imperative to creating a thorough, well-written report.

Law Enforcement and the Craft of Writing

Common Types of Law Enforcement Reports

Law enforcement reporting encompasses a wide spectrum of information. Some of these reports include:

  • Arrest Report: Written at the time of an arrest, including the probable cause, arrest, and the temperament of the suspected person.
  • Evidence Collection Report: Launches the chain of evidence, such as who discovered the evidence, when and where it was located, who collected it, and its disposition.
  • Crime Report: Written after a crime has occurred, including all aspects of the crime (location, date and time, evidence taken, loss or injuries, and suspect depiction).
  • Event or Incident Report: Used to document events that are not measured as criminal, such as emergency medical calls or civil disputes.
  • Narcotic, Drunk Driving, Intoxication Report: A report describing a suspect’s condition at the time of the crime, including the influence of substances, be it alcohol or drugs.
  • Clearance Report: States the outcome of a case, and could include the arrest, the recovery of property or the filing of a complaint. This report serves as the conclusion of a case.

Importance of Effective, Well-Written Reports

A written report is often the first impression an officer makes on commanding officers, lawyers, or judges – and a poorly written report can cause an inaccurate portrayal of competence level. Additionally, it can also mean the difference between a rightful conviction and an erroneous release of a guilty person. On the other hand, an accurate and intelligent report can make a positive first impression, and has the ability to lead to new opportunities for the future.

A well-written report can also serve the following purposes for an Officer of the Law:

  • Time saver: Accurate organization of the material and repetition elimination can cut hours out of an officer’s reporting time.
  • Better court preparation: A well-written report can prove more efficient in a court of law, speaking more logically and correctly to lawyers and judges.
  • Possible avoidance of court: A report that leaves little material for questioning could help an officer avoid having to attend court at all. If the report is written clearly and leaves little room for questions, counsel may have no reason to call the officer into the court.
  • Respect from superiors and fellow officers: If a report is written well the first time, an officer’s superior has little revision to make, saving time and energy, and earning the officer respect in the eyes of his/her superior.
  • A gateway to a Criminal Justice writing career: Crime and punishment has always been a topic of interest for the general public, and writing about criminal justice experiences is an option for those who polish their professional writing skills.

The Criminal Justice field requires individuals with the skills to not only prevent and apprehend crime, but to precisely report those apprehensions as well. Accurate reporting is more than just including all necessary facts and information; it is effectively demonstrating cognitive and technical skills as well. A Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice can arm a Law Enforcement officer with these valuable writing skills. With courses such as “Professional Writing for Law Enforcement,” officers will learn the craft of writing, thus learning the techniques and skills of effective communication in the law enforcement workplace.