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Occupational and Academic Competencies for

CTE Criminal Justice Course


A Has a basic knowledge of the criminal justice system
Understands decision points and decisions made within the criminal justice
B
process
C Understands the criminal justice funnel effect
Has a basic understanding of how public opinion, due process research,
budgets, sociology and values affect the criminal justice system
E Has a general understanding of the various types and causes of crime
F Understands how crime is measured
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Understands the importance of victimology and identification of crime trends


Understands the basic principles of criminal law, criminal intent and liability
Can identify the various classifications of criminal law
Understands various crime theories and causation theories

POLICE:
A Understands the history of police
Knowledgeable of law enforcement career opportunities within the Federal,
B
State, County and Municipal law enforcement agencies
C Knowledgeable of law enforcement career opportunities in the private sector

D Understands police functions


E Can identify various types of police patrol
F Understands criminal investigation
G

Understands the importance of the communities participation in policing and


police operations

Understands law enforcement as it relates to arrest, use of force, searches,


contacts, and seizures

I Understands the training and education involvement in the police profession


Can identify acts which constitute police misconduct and understands how
J
agencies deal with this issue
Can identify the stressors which relate to the law enforcement profession and
K
understands how they are managed/controlled
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COURTS:
Knowledgeable of the various types of career opportunities available within the
A
court system
B Can identify the different levels of criminal courts and their functions
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Understands the role of the courthouse work groups including Judges,


Prosecutors and Defense Counsel
Understands the various proceedings which take place before a trial
Understands the various court dispositions which are available in a criminal
case
Can identify types of sentencing and sentencing guidelines
Understands the history of sentencing
Understands basic courtroom procedures

CORRECTIONS:
Knowledgeable of the various types of career opportunities available in the
A
corrections profession
B Understands the history of American prisons
C Understands prisoner crimes and gang related violence which occur in prison
D Understands and can identify the difference between jails and prisons
E Can identify the various levels of security within the prison system
F Has a basic understanding of prison management style and prison layouts
G Knowledgeable of the job responsibilities of corrections officers
H Has a basic understanding of laws which relate directly to prisoners and

prisoners rights
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PROBATION/PAROLE:
A Knowledgeable of the various career opportunities within probation and parole
B Understands the job responsibilities of a parole and probation officer
C Understands the difference between probation and parole
D Can identify various types of intermediate punishment programs

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JUVENILE JUSTICE:
Knowledgeable of the various career opportunities within the Juvenile Justice
A
system
B
C
D
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F

Understands the history of Juvenile Justice


Understands the Juvenile Justice system
Understands the police role and responsibility when dealing with juveniles
Understands the Juvenile Court process
Understands the Juvenile Corrections system
Understands the various Juvenile Justice Reform Programs available to
G
juvenile offenders
H Can identify the differences between a status offense and a criminal offense
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PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS:
A Can role play scenarios relating to criminal justice
B Participates in class presentations and debates
Can identify and understand general elements of various criminal offenses
found in the California Penal Code and Health and Safety Code
D Can prepare written chapter outlines as directed
C

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B
C
D

Work Attitudes
Student:
is able to prepare a resume
is able to accurately fill out a job application
is prepared for a job interview
completes tasks on time

E works well in a team and participates effectively


F exhibits good judgment
G effectively utilizes technology relevant to the course
H is able to recognize and solve problems

I produces quality work


J Shows high levels of integrity
K Respects authority
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Is assertive
Understands the importance of teamwork
Has good observation techniques
Has high personal ethics
Has a good sense of responsibility

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Has good personal and public demeanor


Has the ability to make decisions
Is flexible and adaptable
Has desire to learn and improve
Is courteous and gets along well with others
Exhibits good attendance and punctuality
Follows directions well

X Dresses appropriately for class


Y Completes work in a neat and accurate manner
Z Has the ability to communicate and write clearly and concisely
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Academic Application
Effectively demonstrates English language arts skills as integrated into the
specific course content (speaking, listening, reading and writing)
Able to apply mathematical skills as integrated into the specific course content
Able to apply science concepts and skills as integrated into the specific course
content
Understands and applies social science concepts as integrated into the specific
course content (economics, political science, history, government)
Effectively demonstrates visual and performing arts skills and concepts as
integrated into the specific course content