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JLE132:  PC 832/ARREST/S&S


Course Description

This 40 hour course curriculum covers professional orientation, laws of arrest, search, seizure, evidence, preliminary investigations, communications and arrest techniques. This course satisfies PC 832 requirements for entry level but does not include the firearms portion. This course may be offered as a component of Correctional Officer Core Course or as part of an 18 unit approved certificate for Reserve Police Officer. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 420.


Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the law enforcement profession, ethics and professionalism. What constitutes unethical behavior, the Administration of Justice components, the California Court system and discretionary decision making.
  • Evaluate community attitudes and influence; cultural and socioeconomic differences, subculture customs, values and needs, and how law enforcement behavior is perceived by different groups.
  • Define Criminal Law, the elements of a crime, types of intent, parties to a crime, criminal defenses, probable cause, obstruction of justice, Constitutional Rights Law, Laws of Arrest, Use of Force, etc.
  • Apply the concepts and rules of evidence including the hearsay rule and exclusionary rule, and the various exceptions.
  • Define and describe search concepts, conditions of a legal search, and items that can be searched.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of interpersonal communications skills, techniques for coping under stress, note taking and introduction to report writing and interviewing techniques.
  • Demonstrate interrogation techniques, the Miranda Rights and Waiver, preliminary investigation techniques, crime scene preservation, identification, collection and marking of evidence, preservation of evidence, and chain of custody.


Last modified: November 25, 2014
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