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Course Description

This 880 - 1080 variable unit course satisfies all minimum required training mandates governed by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) entry level Peace Officers. The course includes fundamental principles, procedures and techniques of law enforcement, including: Criminal Law, Patrol procedures, Cultural Diversity, Investigative procedures, Report Writing, Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Leadership, Ethics, Community Relations, Police Vehicles Operations, Traffic Enforcement, Accident Investigation and First Aid/CPR. This course is open to those students who meet and satisfy entry requirements including written examination, physical fitness examination, DOJ fingerprint clearance and medical clearance. This course requires significant time commitments and outside course work including uniform preparation, homework assignments and equipment maintenance. PREREQUISITE: 1. POST approved pre-entry English skills assessment examination provided by the Academy. 2. Penal Code Section 13511.5 requires that each applicant for admission to the basic course of training certified by the Commission (including the P.C. 832 course) that includes the carrying and use of firearms, and who is not sponsored by a local or other law enforcement agency, or is not a peace officer employed by the state or local agency, department, or district, shall be required to submit written certification from the Department of Justice that the applicant has no criminal history background which would disqualify him or her, from owning, possessing, or having under his or her control a firearm. 3. Medical clearance by a licensed physician.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate required competency as determined by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training including firearms qualification, defensive tactics, Emergency Vehicle Operations, psychomotor testing and cognitive assessment on various learning domains.
  • Recognize the importance of Leadership, Professionalism and Ethics and how to become leaders in the community, in their agencies, and among peers.
  • Identify how the U.S. Constitution applies to the actions and conduct of peace officers
  • Examine community policing and its effect on the community including department effectiveness, addressing crime and community problems and improving community relations.
  • Identify the impact of crime on direct and indirect victims including emotional reactions, physical reactions, resource and referral support and police perception.
  • Recognize elements, classifications and definitions involving crimes against persons and crimes against property.
  • Describe when a minor may be taken into custody for violations of law, truancy, runaway and neglect, and the requirements of peace officers when dealing with minors in these situations.
  • Identify crimes related to narcotic and alcohol use and recognize physical symptoms of influence.
  • Recognize a peace officers role and legal responsibility when conducting person stops including consensual encounters, search and seizure, as well as the protections provided by constitutional law, statutory law, and case law against unreasonable searches and seizures. detentions and arrests.
  • Demonstrate effective communication, both orally and writing, when constructing crime reports, testifying in court and presenting information to peers, superiors and the community.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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