Course Descriptions

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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. 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: LAWE-103 or CJ-103

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 including 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-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

This course meets weekly to evaluate, critique, and document intern performance and experiences. It incorporates specialized or refresher training as needs arise during the intern experience. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: LAWE-250

LAWE-293

Law Enforcement Internship

Credit(s): 10

This course 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. On-Site Work: Varies
Prerequisites: LAWE-250