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COURSE TITLE                        Reporting Techniques for Criminal Justice_________________________


COURSE PREFIX AND NO.        CRIM 1140     LEC 4.5       LAB 0        CREDIT HOURS 4.5
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COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Students will learn to observe and document the behavior of crime victims, witnesses and suspects. Student also will
learn to accurately describe and record conditions and activities of crime scenes for courtroom presentations. In
accordance with the legal guidelines of confidentiality, each student will maintain a log of classroom and field
experiences.
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COURSE PREREQUISITES:

English Level 1
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RATIONALE:
Criminal justice reports are official, legal documents that must precisely describe person, place, thing, time and action,
grammatically correct and unambiguously. Accused persons innocence or guilt may very well depend on the accuracy of
reported information as well as the resolution of liability issues for criminal justice agencies.
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REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS and/or MATERIALS:

        Title:                  Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals

        Edition:                2nd, 1998

        Author:                 Brown and Cox

        Publisher:              Anderson Publishing Co.

      Materials:
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Attached course outline written by:              Maurice Matthews                      Date:          3/99
Reviewed/Revised by:                    Maurice Matthews                               Date:          5/01
Effective quarter of course outline:              05/FA
Dean                                                                                   Date:
                             M. Jane Franklin

Course Objectives, Topical Unit Outlines, and Unit Objectives must be attached to this form.
               COURSE OBJECTIVES/TOPICAL UNIT OUTLINE/UNIT OBJECTIVES

TITLE:                 Reporting Techniques for Criminal Justice          PREFIX/NO.       CRIM 1140_

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
 1.   State why documenting and record keeping are necessary in criminal justice.
 2.   Distinguish between opinion and descriptive statements.
 3.   Prepare reports using a variety of recording methods.
 4.   Maintain confidentiality as defined in 42 CFR, Part 2.
 5.   Document actions taken by persons involved in incidents, crimes and accidents as well as actions taken
      by reporting officials and their co-workers.
 6.   Write agency-specific reports for police, courts, corrections and auxiliary components of the criminal
      justice system.
 7.   Demonstrate how reports can be used for statistical analysis of crime patterns, trends and prevention.
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TOPICAL UNIT OUTLINE/UNIT OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

 I.     THE NATURE OF REPORT WRITING

        A.     Identify Agency-specific Report
               1.      Law enforcement
               2.      Courts
               3.      Corrections
               4.      Other criminal justice reports
        B.     File Supplemental/follow-up Reports with the Original Case Number
        C.     Use Cross Reference Files

 II.    THE MECHANICS OF REPORT WRITING

        A.     Identify Parts of Speech
        B.     Identify Active and Passive Verbs
        C.     Distinguish Between Direct Object and Indirect Object

 III.    AVOIDING ERRORS IN SENTENCE STRUCTURE

        A.     Point Out Errors in Sentence Structure
        B.     Use Proper Punctuation
        C.     Make Subject-Verb Agreement
        D.     Make Subject-Number Agreement

 IV.     USING OR ABUSING WORDS

        A.     Use Abusing Words in Legally Correct Context
        B.     Employ Jargon Appropriately in the Context of Reports
        C.     Avoid Sexist, Racist and Ageism Comments in Writing
 V.     MODERNIZING THE REPORT

      A.    Abbreviate Properly
      B.    Employ Acronyms Correctly
      C.    Describe Persons’ Non-verbal Communication Objectively
      D.    Describe Persons via “Portrait Parle”
      E.    Describe Vehicles in Accordance with Standard Police Description Procedures
      F.    Correct Subordinates’ Reports
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COURSE REQUIREMENTS/EVALUATION

Upon completion of the objectives of this course, the student will have moved from the knowledge level
through the evaluation levels of cognition relative to what constitutes legal evidence and a deeper insight into
the proper methods of introducing evidence into American criminal court proceedings.

                REPORTING TECHNIQUES FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE – CRIM 1140


          COURSE OBJECTIVES                              ASSESSMENT MEASURES
 1.      State why documenting and record         Exam (i.e., written, oral, open book, take
         keeping are necessary in criminal        home, multiple choice) and/or report (i.e.,
         justice.                                 written, oral, self-report).
 2.      Distinguish between opinion and          Exam (i.e., written, oral, open book, take
         descriptive statements.                  home, multiple choice) and/or report (i.e.,
                                                  written, oral, self-report).
 3.      Prepare reports using a variety of       Exam (i.e., written, oral, open book, take
         recording methods.                       home, multiple choice) and/or report (i.e.,
                                                  written, oral, self-report).
 4.      Maintain confidentiality as defined in   Exam (i.e., written, oral, open book, take
         42 CFR, Part 2.                          home, multiple choice) and/or report (i.e.,
                                                  written, oral, self-report).
 5.      Document actions taken by persons        Exam (i.e., written, oral, open book, take
         involved in incidents, crimes and        home, multiple choice) and/or report (i.e.,
         accidents as well as actions taken by    written, oral, self-report).
         reporting officials and their co-
         workers.
 6.      Write agency-specific reports for        Exam (i.e., written, oral, open book, take
         police, courts, corrections and          home, multiple choice) and/or report (i.e.,
         auxiliary components of the criminal     written, oral, self-report).
         justice system.
 7.      Demonstrate how reports can be used      Exam (i.e., written, oral, open book, take
         for statistical analysis of crime        home, multiple choice) and/or report (i.e.,
         patterns, trends and prevention.         written, oral, self-report).

				
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