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Law Academy Courses

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OJC Law Enforcement Training Course Descriptions
(Note Starting Spring 2010 prefix has changed from CRJ to LEA):

LEA 101
Basic Law Enforcement Academy I
6 Credits
This course conforms to Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) standards and certification requirements as well as the basic skill and knowledge necessary to perform the entry level duties of a peace officer. Emphasis will be on simulating real-life situations using a hybrid lecture and laboratory/active mode of learning combined with professional instructor experience. Thirty-one separate courses from basic criminal justice procedures and ethics, officer survival and patrol procedures, terrorism and biohazard studies to DUI enforcement and traffic accidents.
LEA 102
Basic Law Enforcement Academy II
12 Credits
This course addresses the following 10 major course topics: Investigative Procedures, Preliminary Investigations, Crime Scene Search and Documentation, Identification and Collection of Evidence, Interviewing and Interrogation, Identification of Suspects, Major Case Considerations, Report Writing, Stress Management and Verbal Communications.
LEA 105
Basic Law
8 Credits
This course covers 15 courses in constitutional and procedural considerations affecting arrest, search and seizure, interrogation, court testimony and officer liability. Includes learning in the Colorado Criminal, Liquor and Children’s Codes. Emphasizing Victim Rights, Domestic Violence, Ethnic Intimidation and Hate Crimes.
LEA 106
Arrest Control
PPCT
3 Credits
This 68 instructional hour course covers the skills, knowledge and abilities required to effectively maintain control of a combative suspect while making an arrest. Arrest Control addresses the following major topics: Arrest Control Orientation; Use of Force Considerations; De-escalation of Force; Alternatives to the use of Deadly force, Balance and Movement; Search and Handcuffing Techniques; Control Techniques; Control and Retrieval of Weapons/Instruments; Neck Restraints; Impact Weapons; Ground Fighting and Individual Arrest Control Programs.
LEA 107
Law Enforcement Driving
3 Credits
This 44 instructional hour course covers the safe and effective operation of a law enforcement vehicle. Training emphasizes defensive driving to minimize officer and agency liability. Students operate actual patrol vehicles simulating “real-life” tactical situations in a safe environment. Students perform under stress to improve reactions while under pressure and to build effective team working skills.
LEA 108
Law Enforcement Weapon Training
3 Credits
This 56 instructional hour course consists of the following major topics: Firearms Safety, Equipment Selection; Weapon Maintenance; Basic Principles of Firing a Law Enforcement Handgun; Weapon Management; Decisional Shooting with a Fire Arms Training System (FATS); Tactical Situations; Dim Light Shooting and Handgun Tactical Weapon Qualification Course.
LEA 175-001 HEARTSMART 1ST AID/CPR
And Universal Precautions
0.5 Credits
This 8-hour course provides first aid and CPR instruction using demonstration videos, instructor-led practice sessions and a workbook. Topics included are rescue breathing, obstructed airway, CPR, wounds, shock, poisoning, burns, fractures and sudden illness. First Aid and CPR certification is included.
LEA 175-002
COMMAND SPANISH

1 Credit 24 Hour course - The student will demonstrate the use of Spanish language phrases specific to questions law enforcement would normally use with Spanish language only individuals.

The student will have the ability to ask “yes” and “no” answerable questions related to:

  1. Identification
  2. Documentation
  3. Injuries
  4. Events
  5. Suspect Identification
LEA 175-003
OLEORESIN CAPSICUM (OC) PEPPER SPRAY
0.5 Credits
The student will demonstrate the use of Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) pepper defensive spray and understand the legal implications.
LEA 175-004
TASER
0.5 Credits
The student will be able to articulate and demonstrate the proper use of the TASER M26 and X26. The appropriate and legal aspects of using TASER defensive systems will be discussed.
LEA 175-005
ANTI-BIAS POLICING
CERTIFICATION
0.5 Credits

The student will identify the patterns, practices and perceptions of Profiling and Biased Based Policing.

Understand the practices and perceptions that prevent Profiling and Biased Based Policing. Identify the differences between solid police practices and Profiling and Biased Based Policing.

LEA 175-006
ROADSIDE SOBRIETY (SFST Certification)
1 Credit

The student will explain the Express Consent law and identify the elements of D.U.I. as contained in the Colorado Revised Statutes, 42-4-1301 through 42-4-1304; Describe procedures for stopping, approaching, conducting roadside sobriety tests, and follow-up investigations necessary for adjudication of D.U.I. charges and revocation requirements. Posses a certificate to administer and interpret standardized field sobriety tests.

Recognize and interpret evidence of DUI violations and to clearly and convincingly describe DUI evidence in written reports and verbal testimony.

LEA 175-007 CAREER SKILLS
1 Credit

The student will be familiar with the habits and practices necessary to secure and maintain employment as a peace officer through: Basic jobmanship training, Identifying sources of peace officer employment information, Letters of inquiry, Resume’ preparation, References, Interviews and Oral Boards

Students must complete the academy acceptance process and be admitted to the academy before they can register in any OJC Law Academy classes. Heartsmart First Aid and CPR is available to outside students with director approval and available space. Active peace officers may apply to take individual classes as supplemental training with director approval and available training space.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Applicants must be 21 years old and possess a high school diploma or a GED.
  • Students must undergo background checks to document they do not have any felony, section 24-31-305, C.R.S. convictions without a POST variance, domestic violence convictions, including on-going or open charges and no violations of the Child Support Enforcement Act.
  • Students must have a valid driver's license with a driving record free of drug and driving revocations. 
  • Students are required to posses a valid Colorado Driver’s License prior to completion.

 

All registrants must be law enforcement career oriented. Registration is open to peace officers seeking certification, recertification, reserve officers seeking certification training and individuals in law enforcement careers needing supplemental training. OJC insurance doesn’t allow students to “sit-in” or “audit” a class without registration.

  

  

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