Welcome to Law Enforcement
Instructor:Location: Mission Valley ROP Center, Room 501Contact Information:Phone: 510-657-1865 x15501Email:Class Schedule 2022-2023:
- 8:30 - 10:30 am - Law Enforcement/Homeland Security 1 & 2
Industry Sector: Public Services
- Students in Law Enforcement/Homeland Security 1 that earn a B- or better can earn college credits at Ohlone College.
UC/CSU A-G Courses: Law Enforcement/Homeland Security 1 meets the Area G: College Preparatory Elective requirement.
About Law Enforcement:Thank you for visiting our class web page. It is my hope that this service will be of benefit to you and your parents. I wish to open a simple line of communication with you so that together we may develop a better course of instruction, one that will meet your needs.There is a lot more to the administration of justice than law enforcement. Lawyers, judges, counselors, medical examiners, crime scene investigators, software engineers, probation officers, parole officers, dispatchers, emergency rescuers, and child protective service personnel, are just a few of the careers associated with the Administration of Justice but they all center around "public service." If your primary goal is public service, if you cherish life, respect people, and recognize the importance of each person being able to freely exercise their civil rights, then a career in the Administration of Justice is an excellent place to begin.I also encourage you to look at other ROP courses. All ROP courses are designed to help you learn about a career field that you might interest you. Instructors explain employment qualifications, educational considerations, the hiring process as well as help you develop skills that you will find necessary and useful if you pursue a career in this area.One of the most important aspects of an ROP course is that the instructors all come from the career fields that they teach. Not only are they well versed in theory, but they can also describe how the techniques actually work in the "real world." Please notice that I used the term "real world." That is because, in many ways, professionals in each career area see the world a little differently than the rest of us. Exploring different career fields can be an experience in looking at the world through different paradigms, a different lens, different filters. It helps make the ROP experience more interesting.In this class, our lens is focused by the United States Constitution's Bill of Rights, arguably, one of the most important living documents of our time.Welcome to our class. Let us explore the possibilities together.
- http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2010/crime-in-the-u.s.-2010/tables/table-78/10tbl78ca.xls # of full time employees in Ca Police Departments
- http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2010/crime-in-the-u.s.-2010/offenses-known-to-law-enforcement crime data
- https://www.bjs.gov/content/largechart.cfm (Chart of the Criminal Justice System: Compiled by the United States Department of Justice' Bureau of Justice Statistics this chart shows how the process proceeds.)
Class Rules: These rules are designed to make the most of the class time and to prepare you for your future workplace. Many students feel that once they are out of high school and have become adults that there are fewer rules that they have to obey. Actually, there are more.
- Bring all needed materials to class. In the workplace employees are expected to be ready for work when they report for duty. How well prepared is an officer who shows up for work but forgot his badge? For this class each day you need:
- a pen or pencil
- paper to use for submitting assignments such as essays
- a notebook. (Notebooks will be examined as part of the grading process.)
- Be in your seat and ready to begin when the bell rings. Many, if not most, employers pay by the hour. If you are not on time they “dock” you pay. (They take money away.) If you are late, or absent, to many times, you’re fired. If you show up to work on time but fool around rather than doing your job, you’re fired.
- Respect and be polite to all people. Employers have rules requiring employees to get along with each other and the public. Additionally there are court decisions that prohibit hostile work environments. Being respectful and polite to everyone saves you the embarrassment of being fired and your employer the embarrassment of having to pay to settle civil suits. (Actually, you could also end up paying to settle a civil suit.)
- Speak at appropriate times, using appropriate voice and language. This actually also comes under the heading of being respectful and polite to all people. People who do not use appropriate voice and language usually don’t get hired. If they are hired, they usually don’t stay employed very long. Additionally, outside of the workplace, rude and aggravating people often find that their presence is not wanted at social gatherings.
- Respect other people’s property. Do not tamper with other people’s stuff. Do not damage school property. You don’t want people taking your things or destroying your stuff. Other people, and the school, expect their stuff to be respected just like you do.
- Follow all school rules. School rules and district rules apply to everyone and at all times while on campus. Just because you are in my classroom doesn’t mean that the principal’s rules are not in effect. Remember also that a cop, a lawyer, a judge, a probation officer, parole officer or corrections officer are expected to follow and obey the same laws that they enforce.
- Use the restroom, visit your locker or make any other necessary stops, either before or after class. Employers expect you to take care of your needs on your own time. Teachers are told to restrict students from wandering the hallways and school grounds aimlessly. Teachers are not supposed to let students leave the class during the first and last portions of the period.
- Cell phones, music devices, computer games, and similar items are to be turned off and put away. This is a school rule and it also comes under the heading of showing respect, but I have learned that students need to have this emphasized. Do not turn on the classroom computers unless you have been given a specific assignment or I have given free time to do so. Do not call or text your friends during class. Do not make phone calls or take phone calls during class. If there is a need for your family to contact you they can do so through the office. If there is a pending emergency and you are expecting your parents to contact you, let me know ahead of time and have your phone on vibrate. If you receive a call, unless it is from your parent, let voice mail handle it.
- At the end of class clean up your workspace. We all have a reasonable expectation that the class will be clean when we arrive and a responsibility to leave it clean for the next people who use it.
- After you have cleaned up your workspace remain at your seat until the bell rings. Do not stand around the door waiting for the bell.
As a working adult you are always in the public eye. Even when you are on break your actions and attitudes may be perceived by the public as evidence that you are not a responsible person. Maintaining a good reputation is at least as important as being well educated, well trained, and competent in your work. If people do not trust you then employers will not hire you and co-workers will not work with you. Establishing your reputation begins today and has to be constantly consciously maintained or it will evaporate like spilled water on a hot day.