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Unit Originally Created By: Jim Howes

Police & Law Enforcement

Part of Course: Criminal Justice Model

Unit Overview / Details

This unit will provide the student with a thorough overview of law enforcement in the United States today and its roots.  This will include a review of all of the various law enforcement agencies and possible careers.

Students will have an opportunity to thoroughly discuss and understand the many steps in the application process.  This will include the disqualifying decisions some interested in a law enforcement career may make before becoming an applicant.

The application process is only one step in a successful law enforcement career.  Topics of community policing, corruption, the thin blue line, and use of force will be discussed.

Amendments of the Constitution which direct how an officer carry out their duties and the impact of case law, or court made law and current cases will be discussed utilizing actual and cases. 

Times

30 Hours

Content & Concepts

Students will study the difficult topics of domestic violence and drug use.  Students will have an opportunity to take an in depth look at the impact of domestic violence on the victim, the family, and community.

Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate a person who is under the influence of drugs using various signs and symptoms of drug use.

The traffic stop and how to safely affect one will be thoroughly studied.

Standards

  • California's 2008 CTE Standards: 20
  • California Academic Content Standards: Reinforced: 11
  • English Language Development Standards: 1
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Lessons in this Unit

  • The student will learn the definitions of the terms and relationships defined as prescribed by the Penal Code and how law enforcement will use these to help determine what type of crime was actually committed.  This is part 1 of 3 lesson plans for this series.

    1 Class period
    90 Minutes
  • The student will learn and identify the elements needed to identify who is involved in and what specific crime has been committed when responding to a family dispute/violence.

    1 class period
    90 Minutes
  • The student will demonstrate the basic skills needed to identify and recognize the physical and psychological  characteristics of a domestic violent relationship.

    1 day
    90 Minutes
  • Students will demonstrate how to perform a drug recognition exam on a fellow student in 3 to 5 minutes and be able to document findings on a drug evaluation report form.

    Day One
    55 Minutes
    Day Two
    55 Minutes
  • Students will know and understand the components of a preliminary investigation by demonstrating how to conduct an effective criminal investigation

    class period 1
    55 Minutes
    class period 2,
    55 Minutes
    class period 3
    55 Minutes
  • This lesson details how to conduct a traffic stop and complete a traffic citation.

    Traffic pull overs
    55 Minutes
  • Students will know and understand the signs and symptomologies of someone under the influence of central nervous system stimulants and contraband associated with such stimulants.

    One class
    55 Minutes
  • The students will identify and list missing information from a police report that is essential to sustain a conviction on an arrested subject.

    1 class period
    90 Minutes
  • Both Private Citizens and Peace Officers can make arrest in the United States of America. Peace officers working in the criminal justice system must have an understanding of the Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and similar sections of the California Constitution that relate to the authority, liability, and responsibility they have in making arrests. As a private citizen, you have the right to make an arrest and protect your self as well as others from serious crimes in the United States. This lesson is designed to outline some of the dynamics of arrest and the powers behind the enforcement of the law.

    Lesson Time
    90 Minutes
  • The student will identify the specific types of characteristics of given property and evidence as required by the California Department of Justice to be listed on a property sheet.

    1 class
    90 Minutes
  • The student will identify and list the basic information needed to obtain and correctly fill out a Field Interview Report. As well as understanding the importance of gathering information from subjects the officers make contacts with.

    1 class
    90 Minutes
  • The juvenile justice system is committed to serving the best interests of the minor while providing for the protection and safety of the public. Within the state of California, juvenile, minor, and child are all terms that refer to any person under the age of 18. The juvenile court system has been setup to handle only juvenile cases. The purpose of juvenile court law is to enforce, interpret, and administer juvenile court law while considering the safety and protection of the public.

    Intro to Juvenile Justice
    90 Minutes
  • Students will know and understand the signs and symptomologies of narcotic analgesics and contraband associated with such drugs.

    One class period
    55 Minutes
  • Students will know and understand the signs and symptomologies of someone under the influence of Phencylidine (PCP) and other Dissociative Anethetics (Ketamine).  Also, students will know the contraband associated with these drugs.

    Class Period 1
    55 Minutes
  • Students will know and understand the signs and symptomologies of hallucinogens and will be able to recognize the appearance of these drugs such as Lysergic Acid Diethylmide (LSD), Peyote (mescaline), Psilocybin ( mushrooms) and Ecstasy (MDMA).

  • There are 5 defined eras of law enforcement.  This is the first of the five (5) eras.  We will take a look back at the evolution of law enforcement and how our current day law enforcement has been influenced by hundreds of thousands of years of people trying to control crime, offenses and human behavior not acceptable in their communities.  Early history set a template for how our modern day law enforcement functions. We use many of the terms, titles and ideas that were developed long before America was even a nation.

    1 class period
    90 Minutes