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Course Topics/Curriculum for Pre-Employment Basic Police Training

Part I Administrative Procedures:
Registration; Orientation; Distribution of Materials; Instruction in Study Habits, Note-Taking, Notebook Requirements; Quizzes and Examinations; and Culmination Ceremonies.

Part II Administration of Justice:
Law Enforcement and the Criminal Justice System; Jurisdiction and Responsibilities of Law Enforcement; Adjudicatory Process and Court Structure-Criminal/Civil.

Part III Basic Law:
Constitutional Law; Discretionary Powers; Penal Law-Offenses; Justification-Use of Force/Deadly Physical Force-Penal Law-Article 35; Criminal Procedure Law; Juvenile Law and Procedures; Civil Liability/Risk Management; Ancillary NYS Statutes; Vehicle and Traffic Law.

Part IV Procedures-Patrol Functions:
Field Note-Taking; Report Writing; Communications; Observation and Patrol; Nature and Control of Civil Disorder; Domestic Violence; Mental Illness; Persons With Disabilities; Crimes in Progress; Arrest Processing; Intoxication (Alcohol).

Cadets in a police cruiser, verifying information on a laptop.

Traffic Enforcement; DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing; Professional Traffic Stops; Basic Crash Management and Reporting; Traffic Direction and Control.

Preliminary Investigation and Information Development; Interviewing Techniques (Suspects, Witnesses, Victims); Physical Evidence; Injury and Death Cases (Assaults, Homicides, Suicides, Unattended/Accidental Deaths); Sex Crimes; Common/Criminal Investigation Techniques (Larceny, Auto Theft, Burglary, Robbery, Arson, Electronic Media); Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs; Case Preparation and Demeanor in Official Proceedings; Organized Crime; Missing and Abducted Children/Missing Adult Cases.

Part V Proficiency Areas:
Interpersonal Skills/Arrest Techniques (Communication/Interpersonal Skills, Defensive Tactics, Aerosol Devices, Impact Devices (Training Batons Only), Crowd and Riot Control Formations); Emergency Medical Services (First Responder); Unusual Occurrences and Critical Incident Management (Includes Hazardous Materials incidents and ICS 100); Emergency Vehicle Operation.

Kyle Fink leads a course on professional ethics.

Part VI Community Relations:
Community Resources-Victims/Witness Services; Crime Prevention and Crime against the Elderly; Ethical Awareness; Cultural Diversity/Bias Related Incidents/Sexual Harassment; Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving and Media Relations; Contemporary Police Problems.

Part VII Physical Fitness/Wellness:
Includes Officer Stress Awareness

Part VIII Miscellaneous:
Parole Interaction with Local Law Enforcement; Miranda; K-9 Patrol; Environmental Conservation Law; Suicide Prevention; Alcohol Beverage Control Law; Natural Gas Hazardous Situation and Police Response; Laws Pertaining to Boats, Snowmobiles, and ATVs; Article 35 Term Paper, PowerPoint Presentation.

Curriculum Content for Phase Two (Sworn Police Officers Only) Basic Course for Police Officers

David Sullivan - St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy
SUNY Canton
34 Cornell Drive
Wicks Hall
Canton, NY 13617
Phone: 315-386-7136
Fax: 315-386-7949