CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2018/2019 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Criminal Justice I (8702/36 weeks, 140 hours)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Personal Qualities and People Skills

  1. Demonstrate positive work ethic.
  2. Demonstrate integrity.
  3. Demonstrate teamwork skills.
  4. Demonstrate self-representation skills.
  5. Demonstrate diversity awareness.
  6. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  7. Demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness.

Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Professional Knowledge and Skills

  1. Demonstrate effective speaking and listening skills.
  2. Demonstrate effective reading and writing skills.
  3. Demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
  4. Demonstrate healthy behaviors and safety skills.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of workplace organizations, systems, and climates.
  6. Demonstrate lifelong-learning skills.
  7. Demonstrate job-acquisition and advancement skills.
  8. Demonstrate time-, task-, and resource-management skills.
  9. Demonstrate job-specific mathematics skills.
  10. Demonstrate customer-service skills.

Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Technology Knowledge and Skills

  1. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies common to a specific occupation.
  2. Demonstrate information technology skills.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of Internet use and security issues.
  4. Demonstrate telecommunications skills.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Practicing Safety

  1. Identify classroom safety rules and procedures.
  2. Follow general safety procedures.
  3. Identify school safety policies and procedures.
  4. Identify equipment safety rules and procedures.
  5. Earn OSHA 10 certification.
  6. Cite causes of back injuries and methods for preventing them.
  7. Cite slip, trip, and fall injuries and methods for preventing them.
  8. Outline the minimum physical fitness standards for law enforcement officers.
  9. Define risk management.

Introducing the Criminal Justice System

  1. Describe the elements of the criminal justice system.
  2. Explain the role of the criminal justice system within the structure of the federal, state, and local governments.
  3. Describe the historical bases of the American criminal justice system.

Preparing for a Career in Criminal Justice

  1. Research occupations related to criminal justice.
  2. Identify the personal and professional ethics associated with criminal justice professions.

Understanding the Rule of Law

  1. Differentiate among criminal, civil, and case law.
  2. Identify the constitutional rights of persons stopped, detained, and/or placed under arrest.
  3. Define crime.
  4. Identify felonies and misdemeanors, including traffic violations.
  5. Identify traffic codes and criminal violations, using the Code of Virginia.
  6. Identify crimes against persons and crimes against property.
  7. Define probable cause, and explain how it might be established.
  8. Define rules of evidence, and explain their importance.
  9. Define probable cause to arrest.

Exploring Policing

  1. Define the elements of the use-of-force continuum.
  2. Describe factors an officer must consider when faced with the use of deadly force.
  3. Describe standards required for the handling and use of deadly weapons.
  4. Identify the initial responsibilities of officers responding to emergencies.
  5. Describe the purposes of traffic regulations.
  6. Describe the officer’s roles in the enforcement of traffic laws and the investigation of traffic violations.
  7. Describe techniques for vehicle stops.
  8. Identify high-risk situations an officer may face.
  9. Define crime prevention.
  10. Describe methods for protecting persons.
  11. Describe crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED).
  12. Explore the responsibility of the student when hearing of potential danger and/or threats to other students or the school.
  13. Describe community policing.

Investigating a Crime Scene

  1. Analyze the application of the Fourth Amendment to search and seizure.
  2. Identify types of evidence associated with various crimes.
  3. Describe communication skills for the crime scene investigator.
  4. Describe the investigating officer’s tasks when working on criminal cases.
  5. Describe documenting a crime scene, using photography.
  6. Describe documenting a crime scene, using a sketch.
  7. Describe documenting a crime scene, using notes.
  8. Describe a systematic search for physical evidence.
  9. Describe the collection of physical evidence.

Exploring the Courts

  1. Identify organizational structure and responsibilities of federal, state, and local courts.
  2. Define bail, arraignment, preliminary hearing, grand jury, indictment, true bill vs. no bill, and trial in a criminal case.
  3. Describe the roles of the judge, bailiff, prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, and jury.
  4. Describe professional demeanor in court.
  5. Describe the sentencing process.

Applying Criminal Justice Communication Skills

  1. Identify observation and surveillance techniques.
  2. Give clear and concise descriptions of persons, places, and incidents.
  3. Compose a report based on notes.
  4. Demonstrate effective telephone and radio techniques.
  5. Explain the vital role of computers in the officer’s job.

Understanding Juvenile Justice

  1. Describe the history and the purpose of the juvenile justice system.
  2. Describe the scope of authority of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of Virginia.
  3. Identify constitutional guarantees affecting juveniles taken into custody.
  4. Outline the stages of a typical juvenile case from arrest through adjudication.
  5. Describe dispositions available through Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
  6. Explain procedures for handling juveniles’ records.