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Resource Material and Exam Study Guides

 

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NOTE: These topics are provided to officers to assist them in preparing for the Credit by Examination Process. It is not intended to provide areas of test questions, but instead, it will provide competency areas that relate to specific courses.

 

LET 100 Introduction to Law Enforcement Technology 1 credit
Prerequisites: None
Overview of law enforcement and administration of criminal justice. Includes management and supervision techniques.

Study Guide: (1) Jurisdiction of various local, state and federal agencies. (2) Criminal justice process from arrest to final disposition. (3) Ethics and corruption in law enforcement. (4) Purposes and concepts of parole and probation. (5) Evolution and structure of law enforcement. (6) Problem-solving process.

Reference: Academy notes "Criminal Justice Today"
Source: Prentice Hall/Sixth Edition
Number of Questions: 40

 

 

 

LET 102 Criminal Investigation 4 credits
Prerequisites: None
Overview of specialized techniques for the investigation of various types of crimes. Includes technology in police data processing operations as well as the nature and structure of various types of specialized crimes and crime groups. Also introduces techniques for interviewing and interrogation.

Study Guide: (1) Techniques and procedures for interviewing and interrogation of witnesses, victims and suspects. (2) Techniques for investigating narcotics and dangerous drugs. (3) Techniques for investigating deaths. (4) Techniques for investigating other major crimes. (5) Knowledge of importance and types of evidence related to criminal investigations.

Reference: Academy notes "Criminal Investigation"
Source: McGraw Hill/Third Edition
Number of Questions: 40

 

 

 

LET 106 Patrol Procedures 2 credits
Prerequisites: None
Overview of the types and purposes of police patrol; including vehicle patrol and routine patrol procedures, mediation, and management of crisis situations. Emphasis on citizen protection, crime prevention, and identification and apprehension of suspects.

Study Guide: (1) Crime scene approaches and security. (2) Basic types of police patrol, including patrol responsibilities. (3) Types of responses to "crimes-in-progress." (4) Handling of non-criminal calls.

Reference: Academy notes
Source:
Number of Questions: 40

 

 

 

LET 109 Criminal Law 2 credits
Prerequisites: None
Overview of the basic concepts and terminology of statutory law.

Study Guide: (1) Knowledge of elements of major crimes. (2) Types and classification of crimes. (3) Court decisions, orders, proceedings and actions. (4) Rules governing testimony, custody and rights of persons suspected of committing crimes. (5) Rules governing types, uses and value of evidence.

Reference: Academy notes "Criminal Investigation"
Source: McGraw Hill/Third Edition
Number of Questions: 40

 

 

 

LET 111 Tactical Driving 2 credits
Prerequisites: None
Overview of basic defensive driving techniques, dynamics of a moving vehicle, the driving task, and driving a vehicle under hazardous conditions. Includes theory of high-speed vehicle control while in pursuit, methods to successfully stop fleeing vehicles, psychological and physiological factors, liability issues, and methods for reducing the risks of pursuit.

Study Guide: (1) Knowledge of the issues involved in "pursuit" and "emergency" driving situations. (2) Legal requirements, issues and liabilities concerning police officers’ driving. (3) Good driving habits for non-emergency driving. (4) Non-driver factors impacting officers’ accidents including vehicle movements.

Reference: Academy notes "LET Driver Training Reference Guide 2000"
Source: Chapter 2/Rio Web Page
Number of Questions: 25

 

 

 

LET 119 Community Relations 1 credit
Prerequisites: None
Includes media relations, child protective services, equal employment opportunity, the importance of ethics and professionalism for good community relations, and educating the community in the area of crime prevention.

Study Guide: (1) Knowledge of concepts of specific crime prevention programs. (2) Media relations. (3) Role of police officer in community relations. (4) Ethical issues for police officers that impact community relations.

Reference: Academy notes "The Police in the Community"
Source: West/Wadsworth, Second Edition
Number of Questions: 40

 

 

 

LET 125 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement 2 credit
Prerequisites: None
Overview of the basic guidelines of the United States and state constitutions, focusing on those parts which deal with the rights of the individuals. Also covers laws of arrest common; civil and criminal liabilities experienced by law enforcement officers and agencies, the civil process, rules of evidence, and courtroom proceedings.

Study Guide: (1) Applicability of the Bill of Rights and the amendments of the U.S. Constitution. (2) Explain constitutional concepts. (3) Identify and explain the purpose and application of rules of evidence. (4) Courtroom testimony. (5) Differentiation between adult and juvenile court systems.

Reference: Academy notes
Source:
Number of Questions: 40

 

 

 

LET 127 Field Problems 2 credits
Prerequisites: None
Practical application of the knowledge and skills of police procedures needed to respond to various types of law enforcement problems. Emphasis on responding to simulated problem situations dealing with officer safety, interpersonal skills, problem solving, and paperwork.

Study Guide: (1) Proper methods in response to "in-progress" calls. (2) Situations involving officer "ethics." (3) Situations involving "civil" matters. (4) Use of deadly force. (5) DUI procedures.

Reference: Academy notes
Source:
Number of Questions: 25

 

 

 

LET 143 Physical Conditioning and Wellness 3 credit
Prerequisites: None
Emphasis on developing physical fitness for the participants through mental and physical conditioning, structured exercise, and classroom education. Basic elements of strength training, aerobic conditioning, flexibility, and nutrition.

Study Guide: (1) Impact of physical conditioning on police officers. (2) Types of ailments/diseases that have high rates among police officers. (3) Concepts of diet and nutrition and how they relate to conditioning. (4) Stress issues.

Reference: Academy notes
Source:
Number of Questions: 40

 

 

 

LET 145 Arrest / Defense Tactic 5 credit
Prerequisites: None
Proper use of lethal and non-lethal defensive tactics, techniques of stopping and approaching suspects in vehicles and on foot, and the custody and transportation of prisoners. Emphasis on basic safety and protection for both the officer and violator during initial contact, arrest and transportation.

Study Guide: (1) Use of deadly force. (2) Basic principles of defensive tactics, including impact weapon target areas. (3) Subduing prisoners including the use of handcuffs, reasonable force and carotid control techniques.

Reference: Academy notes
Source:
Number of Questions: 25

 

 

 

LET 150 Firearms I 3 credit
Prerequisites: None
Overview of the legal justification for firearms usage, firearms safety and nomenclature, basic firearms usage techniques, unloading and reloading techniques, presentation, night firing techniques, judgmental shooting situations, care and cleaning as it pertains to the officers’ service weapons, and choice of revolver or semi-automatic

Study Guide: (1) Loading and unloading a service handgun. (2) Cleaning and servicing a service handgun. (3) Proper techniques in using a service handgun.

Reference: Academy notes
Source:
Number of Questions: 25

 

 

 

LET 151 Firearms II 2 credit
Prerequisites: None
Overview of the legal justification for firearms usage, firearms safety and nomenclature, basic firearms usage techniques, unloading and reloading techniques, presentation, night firing techniques, judgmental shooting situations, care and cleaning as it pertains to the officers’ service weapons, and choice of revolver or semi-automatic pistol.

Study Guide: (1) Loading and unloading a service handgun. (2) Cleaning and servicing a service handgun. (3) Proper techniques in using a service handgun.

Reference: Academy notes
Source:
Number of Questions: 25

 

 

 

LET 156 First Aid 2 credit
Prerequisites: None
First aid in a law enforcement environment, including basic functions of the major organs of the human body, impaired breathing, cardiac conditions, resuscitation, control of bleeding, movement of injured persons, shock injury, childbirth, extrication of victims in confined or hazardous locations, and legal and civil issues associated with rendering emergency care.

Study Guide: (1) Treatment of injuries as first responder. (2) Recognizing symptoms so as to determine treatment methods. (3) Rescue breathing and CPR. (4) Legal aspects of providing first aid.

Reference: Academy notes Red Cross’s Community "First Aid" Manual
Source: American Red Cross
Number of Questions: 40

 

 

 

LET 190 Human Communications and Relations 1 credit
Prerequisites: None
Overview of human communications and human relation, with special emphasis on techniques used to overcome problems of communication. Instruction includes verbal judo, techniques of interview and interrogation, legal aspects of Miranda, and crowd control communication.

Study Guide: (1) Elements of basic communication skills. (2) Appropriate communication skills in dealing with the elderly, visually and hearing impaired, and death notifications. (3) Barriers to effective communication. (4) Factors contributing to negative responses from the public.

Reference: Academy notes
Source:
Number of Questions: 40

 

 

 

LET 202 Traffic Procedures 2 credit
Prerequisites: None
Overview of traffic procedures. Includes citations and warnings, traffic control, accident investigation, and dealing with impaired drivers.

Study Guide: (1) Response to traffic accident scenes. (2) Classifications of motor vehicles accidents. (3) Use of mathematical calculations in accident investigation. (4) Accident scene evidence and DUI investigations.

Reference: Academy notes National Safety Council’s "Manual on Classification of Motor Vehicle Accidents"
Source: National Safety Council/Sixth Edition
Number of Questions: 25

 

 

 

LET 203 Report Writing 2 credit
Prerequisites: None
Overview of types and parts of reports. Includes elements of composition; characteristics of reports; substance; conclusions; statistics; accurate and complete descriptions of persons and property; and the importance of notes, their preservation, and final use.

Study Guide: (1) Types of uses of various police reports. (2) Characteristics of well-written police reports. (3) Various parts and purposes of police reports. (4) National classification of police reports.

Reference: Academy notes UCR Manual
Source: F.B.I. UCR Manual
Number of Questions: 25

 

 

 

LET 211 Criminalistics 2 credit
Prerequisites: None
Study of fingerprinting, crime scene processing, preliminary investigations and crime scene processing, preliminary investigations and crime scene management.

Study Guide: (1) Responsibilities of first officer on a crime scene. (2) Management of crime scenes. (3) Identify and collect evidence at a crime scene. (4) Resources used in criminal investigations.

Reference: Academy notes
Source:
Number of Questions: 40

 

 

 

LET 223 Search and Seizure 1 credit
Prerequisites: None
Overview of statutes, constitutional requirements, and case law covering search and seizure. Includes procedures for obtaining and serving a search warrant as well as procedures for searching persons, premises and vehicles.
Study Guide: (1) Fourth Amendment. (2) Principles of lawful searches. (3) Search warrants. (4) Limitations to searches. Reference: Academy notes
Source:
Number of Questions: 40