CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

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2019/2020 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 Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

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. Identify school safety policies and procedures.
  3. Follow general safety procedures.
  4. Identify equipment safety rules and procedures.
  5. Earn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 certification.
  6. Demonstrate practices that promote health and wellness.

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.

Exploring Careers 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 crimes against persons and crimes against property.
  6. Explain how probable cause might be established.
  7. Explain rules of evidence.

Exploring Policing

  1. Describe appropriate use of force in criminal justice.
  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. Explain crime prevention.
  10. Describe methods for protecting persons.
  11. 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 criminal justice professional.
  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 the 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, victim/witness advocate, and jury.
  4. Describe professional demeanor in court.
  5. Describe the sentencing process.

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.