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LAWE-103

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Credit(s): 3

This course offers an introduction to the purpose, function, and brief history of the agencies dealing with criminal justice, while presenting a survey of requirements for entering criminal justice service. Students discuss crime, the criminal, traffic, and vice as social problems; the function of the courts; prosecution and defense attorneys; correctional and penal institutions; and probation and parole. This course will introduce the student to the various agencies and employment opportunities within the criminal justice system. This is a required course in the Law Enforcement program. Lecture: 3 hours per week

LAWE-151

Pre-Academy U.S. Laws

Credit(s): 1

This course consists of 43 hours of self-paced CD instruction on U.S., State, and local laws that will be covered in more detail during the Basic Patrol Academy. This coursework consists of CD based lectures and quizzes the student will take upon completion of each of the segments. This CD coursework will be sent to the student upon their acceptance into the Basic Patrol Academy. This Pre-Academy coursework must be completed and turned in for grading one week prior to the start of the academy.

LAWE-152

Pre-Academy Officer Investigation and Procedures

Credit(s): 1

This course consists of 43 hours of self-paced CD instruction. This pre-academy coursework emphasizes specific procedures and general investigation techniques on major social issues they will encounter in Law enforcement. This coursework consists of CD lectures and quizzes the student will take upon completion of each of the segments. This CD coursework will be sent to the student upon their acceptance into the Basic Patrol Academy. This pre-academy coursework must be completed and turned in for grading one week prior to the start of the academy.

LAWE-202

Corrections in America

Credit(s): 3

A survey of the historical, philosophical, and legal bases or correctional procedures and institutions and an examination of current problems and innovations. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete LAWE-103 or CJ-103 with a minimum grade of C-.

LAWE-205

Criminal Procedures

Credit(s): 3

This course includes an examination of the procedural aspects of criminal law. It will include specific applications of procedures by actors in the criminal justice process incuding police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, and corrections officials. This examination will provide a basic understanding of state and local legal codes, as well as current applications of law in both arrest and search and seizure. Lecture: 3 hours per week

LAWE-219

Self Defense/Law Enforcement

Credit(s): 3

This course covers the use of force, baton training, pepper spray training, electroshock weapons, handcuffing techniques, people searches, firearms liability, safety, inspection and maintenance, basic marksmanship, day and night range practice, and handgun, shotgun, and rifle qualifications. Lecture/Lab: 35 hours per week
Corequisites: LAWE-220 LAWE-221 LAWE-222 LAWE-223 LAWE-224 LAWE-225 LAWE-226 LAWE-228

LAWE-220

Basic Police Law

Credit(s): 2

This course is the study of basic police law as it relates to the U.S. Constitution, Idaho Codes, liquor laws, rules of evidence, criminal law, arrest, search and seizure, traffic code, and Idaho Fish and Game Laws. After completing the course, students will be able to determine traffic offenses, criminal offenses, probable cause for arrest, and how to process cases. This is a required course in the Law Enforcement program. Lecture/Lab: 35 hours per week
Corequisites: LAWE-219 LAWE-221 LAWE-222 LAWE-223 LAWE-224 LAWE-225 LAWE-226 LAWE-228

LAWE-221

Professional Orientation

Credit(s): 1

This course studies the human dimensions of the police profession including standards for police ethics and professionalism, media relations, crime prevention, and human relations. This is a required course in the Law Enforcement program. Lecture/Lab: 35 hours per week
Corequisites: LAWE-219 LAWE-221 LAWE-222 LAWE-223 LAWE-224 LAWE-225 LAWE-226 LAWE-228

LAWE-222

Police Procedures

Credit(s): 2

This course teaches fundamental patrol skills such as searching buildings, operating emergency vehicles, and writing reports. It also includes jail procedures, communication methods, officer survival, and courtroom demeanor and testifying. This is a required course in the Law Enforcement program. Lecture/Lab: 35 hours per week
Corequisites: LAWE-219 LAWE-220 LAWE-221 LAWE-223 LAWE-224 LAWE-225 LAWE-226 LAWE-228

LAWE-223

Patrol Procedures

Credit(s): 1

This course teaches patrol procedures and techniques for crimes in progress, including responding to armed robberies; low-risk, high-risk, and felony traffic stops; prowler calls, hostage situations; and domestic disputes. This is a required course in the Law Enforcement program. Lecture/Lab: 35 hours per week
Corequisites: LAWE-219 LAWE-220 LAWE-221 LAWE-222 LAWE-224 LAWE-225 LAWE-226 LAWE-228

LAWE-224

Practical Problems

Credit(s): 1

This course provides an opportunity for the student to demonstrate and utilize classroom skills in simulations and exercises in crime scene investigation, search warrant application, traffic stops, arrest situations, and domestic disputes. This is a required course in the Law Enforcement program. Lecture/Lab: 35 hours per week
Corequisites: LAWE-219 LAWE-220 LAWE-221 LAWE-222 LAWE-223 LAWE-225 LAWE-226 LAWE-228

LAWE-225

Investigation

Credit(s): 3

This course provides theory, techniques, and procedures for the investigation of traffic accidents, auto theft, juvenile crimes, allegations of child abuse, DUI situations, and suspicious deaths. It includes techniques and procedures for drug identification, protection of crime scenes, collecting evidence, fingerprinting, interviewing, notification, and interrogation. This is a required course in the Law Enforcement program. Lecture/Lab: 35 hours per week
Corequisites: LAWE-219 LAWE-220 LAWE-221 LAWE-222 LAWE-223 LAWE-224 LAWE-226 LAWE-228

LAWE-226

Enforcement Skills

Credit(s): 1

This course provides hands-on training in handgun retention, arrest and control techniques, and handling hazardous materials. This is a required course in the Law Enforcement program. Lecture/Lab: 35 hours per week
Corequisites: LAWE-219 LAWE-220 LAWE-221 LAWE-222 LAWE-223 LAWE-224 LAWE-225 LAWE-228

LAWE-228

Police Physical Fitness

Credit(s): 1

This course provides physical health and conditioning methods and includes work on agility, flexibility, and conditioning. Students must pass the Idaho POST Physical Fitness Test. This is a required course in the Law Enforcement program. Lecture/Lab: 35 hours per week
Corequisites: LAWE-219 LAWE-220 LAWE-221 LAWE-222 LAWE-223 LAWE-224 LAWE-225 LAWE-226

LAWE-230

Law Enforcement Professionalism

Credit(s): 2

This course introduces principles and concepts of law enforcement professionalism. Emphasis is placed on preparing for courtroom testimony, cultural diversity, community policing, and preventing misconduct. Topics include understanding the role in the courtroom, stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination, cultural conflicts, the problem-solving process, ethical dilemmas, and developing integrity as a leader. Lecture: Varies

LAWE-231

Officer Survival

Credit(s): 3

This course is designed to increase officer safety, enhance professionalism, decrease citizen complaints, decrease vicarious liability, and lessen personal stress on the job and at home. The course covers laws regarding the use of force, civil and criminal liability, mental conditioning, post-shooting trauma, and the dynamics of lethal force. Also included are dealing with gangs, suicide, crisis negotiating, and off-duty officer survival. The principles discussed in this course have applications for a variety of law enforcement operations. Lecture: Varies

LAWE-232

Career Enhancement

Credit(s): 3

This course provides analyses of cutting-edge contemporary criminal justice issues. Topics may include terrorism, public perceptions of crime, legal issues, and school violence. Focus will be on high-impact police leadership and the fundamentals of interpersonal relations, supervising techniques, and professional ethics. Report-writing skills to prepare a legally sound report will also be covered. This course is designed to enhance skills of the already practicing police officer. Lecture: Varies

LAWE-233

Initial Investigations

Credit(s): 3

This course provides an examination of the fundamentals of criminal investigation from the crime site to the courtroom preparation experience. Topics include an analysis of techniques for crime scene procedures, interviews, field notes and reporting, follow-up investigation, developing rapport, lie detection, and rules of evidence. Specific detail is given to investigations involving DUIs, elderly abuse and mentally disturbed persons, computer crime, crash investigations and advanced interviewing techniques. Lecture: Varies

LAWE-234

Drug Investigations

Credit(s): 3

This course provides instruction in the multifaceted aspects of drugs and alcohol within the criminal justice system. The course will teach students theories of addiction, substance abuse identification, seizure procedures and requirements, informant development, investigative techniques, surveillance methods, and risk factors of undercover investigations. Lecture: Varies

LAWE-235

Enhanced Patrol

Credit(s): 2

This course is designed to increase officer safety through enhanced patrol procedures and techniques. Students will examine and practice appropriate responses to active shooters, commercial trucking violations, outlaw bikers, emotionally disturbed persons, robbery homicide, in-progress crimes, drug interdiction, stolen vehicles, document forgery, domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse situations. Lecture: Varies

LAWE-236

Terrorism

Credit(s): 2

This course introduces officers to terrorism, specifically those terrorist acts that present the greatest threat to the United States today. A thorough examination of the causes of terrorism, prevailing terrorist networks including domestic terrorists, operations, common characteristics of terrorists, surveillance detection, hostage survival, and protective measures will be presented. Special emphasis will be placed on basic medical techniques for officers in a critical incident. Lecture: Varies

LAWE-237

Use of Force

Credit(s): 1

This course will introduce students to an overall understanding of techniques and strategies for employing the appropriate level of force in a given situation. Students will learn about the requirements for the application of less-than-lethal force, tactics used in gun retention, and respiratory compliance techniques. Lecture: Varies

LAWE-238

Idaho Law Enforcement

Credit(s): 3

This course is designed to provide in-depth instruction in Idaho Law Enforcement procedures such as laws of arrest, legal liability, use of force, officer's rights, and the court system for Adult Detention, Juvenile Detention and Juvenile Probation. Students will also examine and practice appropriate responses in domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse situations. In addition, Agro-terrorism awareness will be addressed. Lecture: Varies

LAWE-248

General Instructors Course

Credit(s): 3

The objective of this course is to prepare individuals to become effective instructors. This course provides the skills necessary to create lesson plans, including correct procedures for documenting the citing references. Students will walk away from the class with a basic understanding of adult learning and the five phases of the Instructional Systems Development (ISD) model. Students will also learn how to incorporate the ISD model as they research and write their own lesson plans. The course will cover the evaluation process for performance testing to include types of tests, characteristics of good tests, and uses of test results. Methods and strategies that are used in the classroom to provide an efficient and effective learning experience are covered, along with the use of proper communication techniques for a classroom setting. In order to give students multiple tools to enhance instruction, ways to incorporate the use of audio-visual aid is also covered. Upon completion of the course, students will have learned the tools necessary to become effective instructors who are able to transfer their knowledge to others.

LAWE-250

Self Defense/Law Enforcement

Credit(s): 2

This course covers the use of force; baton training; pepper spray training; electroshock weapons, handcuffing techniques; people searches; firearms liability, safety, inspection, and maintenance; basic marksmanship day and night range practice; and handgun, carbine, and shotgun qualifications.

LAWE-251

Basic Police Law

Credit(s): 3

This course is the study of basic police law as it relates to the U.S. Constitution, Idaho Codes, liquor laws, rules of evidence, criminal law, arrest, search and seizure, traffic code, brand laws, and Idaho fish and Game Laws. After completing the course, students will be able to determine traffic offenses, criminal offenses, probable cause for arrest, and how to process cases.

LAWE-252

Professional Orientation for Peace Officers

Credit(s): 2

This course emphasizes and studies the human dimensions of the police profession including standards for police ethics and professionalism, media relations, crime prevention, and human relations.

LAWE-253

Police Procedures

Credit(s): 4

This course teaches fundamental police skills such as searching building, operating emergency vehicles, Incident Command System (ICS), and writing reports. It also includes jail procedures, communications methods, officer survival, and courtroom demeanor and testifying. This course will also address issues related to Homeland Security, as well as gangs and other threat groups.

LAWE-254

Patrol Procedures

Credit(s): 2

This course teaches patrol procedures and techniques for crimes in progress, including responding to armed robberies; unknown-risk, high-risk, and felony traffic stops; prowler calls, hostage situations; and domestic disputes.

LAWE-255

Field Skills for Patrol Officers

Credit(s): 1

This course provides an opportunity for the student to demonstrate and utilize classroom skills in simulations and exercises in crime scene investigations, search warrant application, traffic stops, arrest situations, building search, and domestic disputes.

LAWE-256

Investigation

Credit(s): 3

This course provides theory, techniques, and procedures for the investigation of traffic accidents, auto theft, juvenile crimes, allegations of child abuse, DUI situations, and suspicious deaths. It includes techniques and procedures for drug identification, protection of crime scenes, collecting evidence, fingerprinting, interviewing, notification and interrogation.

LAWE-257

Enforcement Skills

Credit(s): 2

This course provides hands-on training in handgun retention, defensive tactics/arrest and control techniques, handcuffing techniques and handling hazardous materials.

LAWE-258

Police Physical Fitness

Credit(s): 1

This course provides physical health and conditioning methods, focusing on a fitness life-style, and includes work on nutrition, agility, flexibility, and conditioning. Students must pass the Idaho POST Physical Readiness Test (PRT) prior to admission to the academy.

LAWE-290

Law Enforcement Theory

Credit(s): 3

LAWE 290 meets weekly to evaluate, critique, and document intern performance and experiences. It incorporates specialized or refresher training as needs arise during the intern experience. This is a required course in the Law Enforcement program. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete LAWE-250 LAWE-251 LAWE-252 LAWE-253 LAWE-254 LAWE-255 LAWE-256 LAWE-257 and LAWE-258 with a minimum grade of C-.
Corequisites: LAWE-293

LAWE-293

Law Enforcement Internship

Credit(s): 10

This is an internship experience with law enforcement agencies designed to match the student's abilities and career goals. Students will function in a law enforcement position under the direct supervision of a selected, experienced law enforcement officer. Students are evaluated on a daily basis in accordance with the agency's established training policies for new officers. Students will be expected to participate in the enforcement activities performed by the supervising officer. This is a required course in the Law Enforcement program. On-Site Work: Varies
Prerequisites: Complete LAWE-250 LAWE-251 LAWE-252 LAWE-253 LAWE-254 LAWE-255 LAWE-256 LAWE-257 and LAWE-258 with a minimum grade of C-
Corequisites: LAWE-290