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CTE/Skilled & Technical Sciences Education Curriculum Law Enforcement
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Core Standards of the Course

Strand 1
Students will be able to understand law enforcement history, crime awareness, and causes of crime.

Standard 1
The police role in society. (Chapter 1)

Standard 2
The philosophy of law enforcement. (Chapter 1)

Standard 3
A brief history of law enforcement. (Chapter 1)

  1. Sir Robert Peel

Standard 4
Peace officer authority in the United States. (Chapter 1)

Standard 5
Bill of Rights and the rights for citizens and police. (Chapter 1)

  1. History of the Bill of Rights
  2. Reasons for the Bill of Rights
  3. The Bill of Rights
  4. Rights for citizens and police

Standard 6
Uniform crime reports. (Chapter 2)

  1. Persons arrested
  2. Clearances rates
  3. National incident-based reporting systems (NIBRS)
  4. Not all crime is reported.
  5. Why crime goes up and down

Standard 7
Causes of crime (Chapter 3)

  1. Psychological explanations
  2. Sociological explanations
  3. Integration of theories
  4. Typological theory
  5. Biological theory
  6. Mental illness and crime
  7. Crisis intervention training (CIT)
  8. Suicide prevention

Strand 2
Students will be able to understand the law, criminal justice system, and trial proceedings.

Standard 1
Utah Law. (Chapter 4)

  1. Title 76 Chapter 1, General Provisions
  2. Title 76 Chapter 2, Principles of Criminal Responsibilities
  3. Elements of crime
  4. Title 76 Chapter 3, Punishment
  5. Title 76 Chapter 4, Inchoate Offenses
  6. Title 76 Chapter 5, Crime Against Persons
  7. Title 76 Chapter 6, Crimes Against Property
  8. Title 76 Chapter 7, Offenses Against the Family
  9. Title 76 Chapter 8, Offenses Against Administration of Government
  10. Title 76 Chapter 9, Offenses Against Public Order and Decency
  11. Title 76 Chapter 10, Offenses Against Public Health, Safety, Welfare, and Morals
  12. Controlled Substances
  13. Alcohol-Related Offences
  14. Local Law And Ordinances
  15. Expungement

Standard 2
Criminal justice system. (Chapter 5)

  1. Components of the criminal justice system.
  2. Crime
  3. Courts
  4. Judge selection and retention
  5. Appellate courts
  6. Trial courts
  7. Pre-trial proceedings
  8. Citation arrest
  9. Summons
  10. Corrections
  11. Corrections history
  12. Indeterminate sentence
  13. Diversion
  14. Recidivism
  15. Forfeiture

Standard 3
Trials. (Chapter 6)

  1. Courts
  2. Principles of criminal responsibilities.
  3. Lawyers
  4. Roles of the prosecutor and defense attorney
  5. Plea Bargaining
  6. Costs of conviction
  7. The trial process
  8. The jury
  9. Who has to testify
  10. Appeal
  11. Testifying in court

Strand 3
Students will be able to understand the corrections system and juvenile justice.

Standard 1
Corrections. (Chapter 7)

  1. Goals of corrections
  2. Corrections mission
  3. The Utah Department of Corrections
  4. Prison life
  5. Trends in corrections
  6. Prisoner rights
  7. The death penalty (Capital Punishment)
  8. County jails

Standard 2
The juvenile justice system.

  1. Expungement
  2. Jurisdiction
  3. Commissioners
  4. Interstate compact
  5. The serious habitual offender comprehensive action program (SOCAP)
  6. Serious youth offender law
  7. Division of Youth Services
  8. Detention center

Strand 4
Students will be able to understand the arrest procedures, policies and ethics of law enforcement officers, and law enforcement activities.

Standard 1
Laws of arrest. (Chapter 9)

  1. Arrest with a warrant
  2. Arrest without a warrant
  3. Arrest by a private person
  4. Arrest disposition
  5. Summons
  6. Use of force in making an arrest
  7. Use of deadly force by a peace officer

Standard 2
Search and seizure. (Chapter 9)

  1. Search warrant
  2. Search of premises without a warrant
  3. Search of a person
  4. Search of a vehicle
  5. Consent search
  6. Stop and frisk law.
  7. Exclusionary rule
  8. Probable cause, the arrest standard

Standard 3
Agency policies and professional ethics. (Chapter 10)

  1. Law, policy and ethics
  2. The Law Enforcement Code of Ethics
  3. Law enforcement disciplinary action

Standard 4
Basic law enforcement activities. (Chapter 11)

  1. Report writing.
  2. Use of emergency equipment
  3. Pursuit driving
  4. Command structure
  5. Radio procedure
  6. Use of force
  7. Use of firearms
  8. Combat shooting

Strand 5
Students will be able to understand procedures relating to traffic investigations and evidence collecting and handling.

Standard 1
Traffic investigations. (Chapter 12)

  1. Traffic laws
  2. Traffic stop procedures.
  3. Accident investigations
  4. Utah law regarding driving under the influence (DUI)
  5. DUI procedures

Standard 2
Evidence handling. (Chapter 13)

  1. Physical evidence.
  2. The chain of evidence.
  3. Locating and collecting evidence.
  4. Evidence analysis.
  5. Autopsy
  6. Fingerprinting

Strand 6
Students will be able to understand patrol tactics and investigative work.

Standard 1
Patrol tactics. (Chapter 14)

  1. The goals of patrolling
  2. Field interviews
  3. Domestic disturbances
  4. Civil problems
  5. Miscellaneous civil problems

Standard 2
Investigations. (Chapter 15)

  1. Investigative techniques
  2. Developing leads
  3. Interviews and interrogations

Strand 7
Students will be able to understand law enforcement as an occupation.

Standard 1
Specialized units. (Chapter 16)

  1. Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
  2. Gang unit
  3. Narcotics unit
  4. Vice squad
  5. K-9 unit
  6. Community-oriented policing unit (COP)
  7. Search and rescue
  8. Major accident team
  9. Court services
  10. Training unit
  11. Criminal intelligence unit (CIU)
  12. Chaplain corps
  13. Reserve corps

Standard 2
Positive and negative aspects. (Chapter 17)

  1. Positive aspects
  2. Negative aspects
  3. Job opportunities
  4. Minimum qualifications and testing
  5. Application for employment

Strand 8
Students will understand the importance of career readiness skills as it relates to the workplace and outlined in the SkillsUSA Framework - Level 1.

Standard 1
Understand and demonstrate the attitude of cooperation.

  1. Develop awareness of cultural diversity and equality issues.
  2. Demonstrate effective communication with others.
  3. Apply team skills to a group project.
  4. Identify and apply conflict resolution skills.

Standard 2
Understand and demonstrate the ability of being resourceful and innovative.

  1. Discover self-motivation techniques and establish short-term goals.
  2. Measure/modify short-term goals.
  3. Review a professional journal and develop a three- to five-minute presentation.

Standard 3
Plan for your future career.

  1. Complete a self-assessment and identify individual learning styles.
  2. Define future occupations.
  3. Identify the components of an employment portfolio.
  4. List proficiency in program competencies.
  5. Complete a survey for employment opportunities.
  6. Create a job application.
  7. Assemble your employment portfolio.
  8. Employability skills: evaluate program comprehension.

Standard 4
Understand and demonstrate the ability to manage a project.

  1. Apply team skills to a group project.
  2. Observe and critique a meeting.
  3. Demonstrate business meeting skills.
  4. Explore supervisory and management roles in an organization.
  5. Identify and apply conflict resolution skills.
  6. Demonstrate evaluation skills.
  7. Manage a project and evaluate others.

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - A Bodell and see the CTE/Skilled & Technical Sciences Education website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - THALEA LONGHURST.

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