Criminal Justice

  • CRI 1290 Physical Fitness for CJ

    This is a specialized physical education program for criminal justice students and will emphasize an understanding of physical fitness and its direct application to the criminal justice profession. Specific instructions will cover wellness, physical fitness, and self-evaluation. The general requirements for the police physical agility portion of the civil service examination are explained and incorporated into this course. Prerequisite: criminal justice majors or permission of the instructor. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1310 Corrections Practicum

    During this 84-hour experiential format, the student/recruit will be placed in a correctional facility for on-the-job training. The student/recruit will be assigned to a full-time correctional officer. While applying their academic knowledge in a real world setting, students/recruits will learn and perform the requisite duties for daily operations of a correctional facility. All work experiences will be reduced to written form on a daily basis and evaluated by the assigned training officer. At the completion of the practicum, these evaluations will be used to assist in determining performance competency and certification potential. Prerequisites: Students must be a sworn corrections officer working in either a county jail or correctional facility. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1320 Intro Law Enforcement

    Starting with the origins of American law enforcement, this course concentrates on contemporary law enforcement agencies and their function within the criminal justice system. Students will study police agencies at the local, county, state, and federal levels, and their operational techniques, as well as goals and objectives within specific units of each agency. Eligibility: ENG 1510. Corequisites: CRI 1510; must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1350 Corrections Academy

    This New York state mandated study surveys the correctional system and provides an in-depth academic and practical correctional officer experience. Students/recruits are required to learn, understand, and apply the requisite functions of a correctional officer as stated by the New York State Department of Corrections. Prerequisite: Student must be a sworn correction officer working in either a county jail or correctional facility. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1370 Radar/LIDAR Operator

    This course provides the basic knowledge from which to prepare a student for the use of a police radar/lidar utilized by police agencies across New York state. Instruction in such topics as basic principles of radar and lidar, legal and operational considerations, calibration and set up procedures, mock courtroom testimony, speed estimates and supervised field practicum. Prerequisite: student must be a certified police officer of a recognized law enforcement agency, or by permission of academy director. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1390 Breath Analysis Course

    This course provides a base of knowledge from which to prepare students for the use of breath analysis equipment currently utilized within New York State law enforcement agencies. Instruction will include such topics as: pharmacology of alcohol, alcohol properties, legal issues, current case law, Henry's Law, Infrared Theory, Datamaster nomenclature and operation, court preparation, and lab exercises. Prerequisite: student must be a certified police officer of a recognized law enforcement agency, or by permission of academy director. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1400 Domestic and Family Violence

    Students will examine basic issues related to Domestic and Family violence, with an emphasis on training related to domestic incidents/violence. Students will learn about the goals of police response and proper identification of officer safety tactics when approaching the scene of a domestic incident. Eligibility: ENG 1510; Corerequisite: CRI 1320 or CRI 1510. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1410 Peace Officer Firearms

    This course is a requirement for New York state peace officers. It is a comprehensive study in the fundamental use of firearms. The student will be provided with detailed instruction in firearms safety, weapons nomenclature, shooting skills, ammunition, tactical situations, position shooting, and use of force issues. A portion of the course will be practical application of learned skills on the firearms range. Prerequisite: student must be a sworn and properly registered peace officer as required by NYS statute. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1420 Report Writing in CJ

    Students will develop knowledge and skills necessary for concise, effective, and accurate report writing. The importance of the narratives required in reports generated by law enforcement personnel and other criminal justice vocations is emphasized. Prerequisites: CRI 1510 and permission of instructor; Eligibility: ENG 1530; must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1430 Inmate Classification

    This course provides a base of knowledge of the Inmate Classification program mandated by the New York State Commission of Correction (minimum standard 7013). This course will prepare students to apply this knowledge in the workplace. Prerequisite: student must be a sworn correction officer working in either a county jail or correctional facility. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1440 Inmate Direct Supervision

    Students will gain a basic knowledge and understanding of the running of a direct supervision housing unit in a correctional facility. Direct supervision allows correctional officers to interact with inmates inside the housing unit, in order to manage their behavior. This course is designed to give students an overview of direct supervision philosophies: managing inmate behavior, managing difficult situations/inmates, and planning, organizing, and running a housing unit. Prerequisite: student must be a sworn correction officer working in either a county jail or correctional facility. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1450 Latent Print Level I

    This course is designed to introduce students to the field of latent print work. The course will cover areas such as print patters, SAFIS, Henry Classification System, NCIC classification, fingerprint verifications, criminal procedure laws, major print cases, crime scene procedure, print dusting procedures, print lifting procedures, latent print powders and chemicals, photography techniques, photography of print techniques, mock crime scene work, and a mock trial. Prerequisite: student must be a certified police officer of a recognized law enforcement agency or by permission of the academy director. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1460 Basic Investigative Photograph

    The Basic Investigative Photography course is a 35-hour course in basic and investigative photography with workshops intertwined with lectures. It is designed to enhance the photographic abilities of police officers by outlining techniques and methods used in crime scene photography. The latter portion of the course will go into a deeper methodology on lighting techniques used to bring forth the qualities of a piece of evidence secured at a crime scene. Prerequisite: student must be a certified police officer of a recognized law enforcement agency, or by permission of the academy director. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1470 Crime Scene Evidence SPC

    This two-week course specializes in training as it relates to an officer who will be responsible for the detection, collection, and documentation of evidence at a crime scene. This aspect of law enforcement directly relates to crime scene Investigations and is intertwined with forensic laboratories, medical examiners offices and prosecutors. The instruction will include the collection of blood, bodily fluids, DNA, trace, and physical evidence. Prerequisite: student must be a certified police officer of a recognized law enforcement agency and must have successfully completed CRI 1460: Basic Investigative Photography. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1510 Intro to Criminal Justice

    An interdisciplinary survey of the American criminal justice system with specific topical emphasis on crime, law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Students must learn and discuss cogently the significance of legal and behavioral aspects of crime, the process of justice, various law enforcement entities within the United States, the need for various court structures, and various penal systems. For criminal justice students and those interested in social sciences. Eligibility: ENG 1510; must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1520 Intro to Corrections

    Students will learn the philosophy, history, and development of the American correctional system. Students study contemporary penalties and the various successes and problems associated with those penalties, including prison life, prisoners' rights, community corrections, and the death penalty. For anyone interested in correctional careers. Prerequisite (or Corequisite): CRI 1510. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1550 Stress in Law Enforcement

    Students will learn about the stressors encountered in law enforcement which can have a significant impact on both the law enforcement professional and his or her family. The causes of stress, as well as both short-term and long-term reactions and effects of a stressful incident(s) will be examined. Students will also be exposed to methods of coping with the pressures of the law enforcement profession. Prerequisite (or Corequisite): CRI 1510. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1560 Homeland Security

    Students will examine the history of international and domestic terrorism and the fundamental concepts of Homeland Security both Pre and Post 9/11. Students will be provided with an overview of the structures and functions of the governmental agencies responsible for protecting the United States from terrorism. Students will review the process of planning and preparation for the potential response to future attacks in the United States. Corequisites: ENG 1510; CRI 1320 or CRI 1510; Reading score 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1610 Search and Seizure

    Students will study the laws and constitutional issues governing searches and seizures by law enforcement officers. Students will gain experience in the practical application in securing, executing, and court presentation of search warrants and evidence seized pursuant to a warrant. Prerequisite (or Corequisite): CRI 1510. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1630 Motor Vehicle Stops

    Students will learn about the interaction of law enforcement personnel and citizens during traffic stops. The proper procedures applied during misdemeanor and felony motor vehicle stops are also examined. Prerequisite (or Corequisite): CRI 1510. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1650 Hostile Situation Management

    Students will how to recognize and resolve hostile situations in law enforcement which includes domestic conflicts, hostage situations, and routine calls for service. Students will also learn how to apply successful coping strategies during stressful conflicts. Prerequisite (or Corequisite): CRI 1510. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1670 Serial Killers

    This course focuses on the etiology and typologies of the phenomenon of a serial killer, what makes a serial killer, and what impact a serial killer has on society. A cross-section of serial killers is explored, identifying what is believed to have caused these individuals to kill. Prerequisite: must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1690 Interview and Interrogation

    Students will learn current interview and interrogation techniques that can be applied in various accusatory and non-accusatory settings. Proper application of these techniques in accordance with the 5th Amendment (right against self-incrimination) as it applies to suspects and arrested persons and the 6th Amendment (right to counsel) is emphasized. Prerequisite (or Corequisite): CRI 1510. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1710 CJ and Substance Abusers

    Students will learn how to identify and communicate with persons having an alcohol or drug problem who are being processed in the criminal justice system. Prerequisites: must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1720 CJ and the Mentally Ill

    Students will learn how to identify and communicate with mentally ill persons who are being processed in the criminal justice system. Prerequisites: must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 1730 Gangs and Criminal Justice

    Students will learn the development and history of gangs in the United States which includes studying different criminal enterprises in which gangs are involved and solutions to the gang problems. Prerequisite (or Corequisite): CRI 1510. Campus & Term: J occasionally; O occasionally Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2010 Criminal Justice Internship

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  • CRI 2200 Instructor Development

    The experienced police officer has valuable knowledge, skills and abilities which are gained through on the job experiences. The goal of this course is to assist the candidate in developing the ability to research, prepare, and communicate that knowledge to other police recruits and hired officers. Training will focus on constructing instructional objectives, planning of training, factors which influence adult learning, factors that modify behavior, the development of communication skills, and the instructional process an methods of evaluating course effectiveness. Prerequisite:students must be a certified police officer of a recognized law enforcement agency, or by permission of the academy director. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2210 Law Enf Field Training Officer

    This course will provide the basic knowledge to prepare a student to become a field training officer. Instruction in such topics as principles in adult learning, FTO competency evaluations, remediation techniques, and FTO liability issues will be covered. Prerequisite: student must be a certified police officer of a recognized law enforcement agency, or by permission of the academy director. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2220 Firearms Instructor

    This course is designed for the police instructor who wishes to expand his/her instructional skills to the area of firearms. The goal of this course is to assist the instructor candidate in developing their skills in relationship to fundamentals of marksmanship, firearms safety, course and curriculum design and the ability to diagnose shooter deficiencies and correct these actions. Topics of instruction will include: range safety, range maintenance, shooting fundamentals, instructional techniques, equipment maintenance, shooting course design, and legal issues. Prerequisites: CRI 2200; students must be a certified police officer of a recognized law enforcement agency, or by permission of the academy director. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2230 Law Enforcement Supervisor

    This course is mandated for any officer who has been promoted to a first line supervisor position. It is also recommended for any officer who aspires to become a first line supervisor. This course will cover topics in the area of: transition to supervisor, styles of leadership, roles of the supervisor, legal issues, incident management, community relations and contemporary police problems, review of written reports, search warrants, civil liability, constitutional law, use of force, stress management, child protective issues, domestic violence, media relations, and crime scene/incident management. Prerequisite: students must be a certified police officer of a recognized law enforcement agency, or by permission of the academy director. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2250 Law Enforcement Academy I

    This New York state mandated study surveys the criminal justice system and provides an in-depth academic and practical law enforcement experience. Students are required to learn, understand, and apply the requisite functions of a recruit police officer as stated by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Municipal Police Training Council. Such functions include, but are not limited to, criminal justice systems; proper handling of various weapons; crime investigation; traffic enforcement; accident investigation; defensive driving; community policing; emergency medical procedures; criminal law, civil liability; and police ethics. Prerequisite: Successful completion of New York state mandated law enforcement application process (see Chautauqua County sheriff's academy director for detailed instructions and format); Corequisites: CRI 2380, PHE 2460, and CRI 2470. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2260 Law Enforcement Academy II

    This New York state mandated study surveys the criminal justice system and provides an in-depth academic and practical law enforcement experience. Students are required to learn, understand, and apply the requisite functions of a recruit police officer as required by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Municipal Police Training Council. Such functions include, but are not limited to; juvenile law and procedures, crime scene investigations, critical incident management, counterterrorism, case preparation, interview and interrogation, arrest processing, civil disorder, injury and death investigations. Eligibility: student must be current Chautauqua County Sheriff's Academy recruit. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2270 Law Enforcement Academy III

    This course is encapsulated in the basic police course and areas of instruction will be based on standards mandated by the NYS DCJS. Recruits who need recertification as police officers must successfully complete the entire police refresher course. Individuals who enroll in this course will receive instruction in basic patrol functions, firearms, emergency medical services, vehicle operations, and physical fitness training. All mandated training is on a case-by-case basis and will be determined after an evaluation by DCJS of the students past training records and the amount of time since they graduated from the basic police academy. Prerequisite: The students must have a prior NYS basic police certification which has lapsed or is in need of additional training hours as mandated by the Division of Criminal Justice services of New York state. Students must be appointed and placed on the police registry in Albany by a NYS recognized law enforcement agency and must have met the basic academy requirements prior to application. Students must meet DCJS requirements as they relate to the police refresher course. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2280 Law Enforcement Academy IV

    This course is encapsulated in the basic police course and areas of instruction will be based on standards mandated by the NYS DCJS. Recruits who need recertification as police officers must successfully complete the entire police refresher course. Individuals who enroll in this course will receive instruction in basic patrol functions, firearms, emergency medical services, vehicle operations, and physical fitness training. All mandated training is on a case by case basis and will be determined after an evaluation by DCJS of the students past training records and the amount of time since they graduated from the basic police academy. Police Refresher II is a continuation of Police Refresher I. Students must pass both Refreshers I and II in sequential order before they can receive a certificate to work as a police officer. Refresher II builds on what was instructed in the refresher I course. Prerequisite: student must have a prior NYS Basic Police certification which has lapsed or is in need of additional training hours as mandated by the Division of Criminal Justice services of New York state. Student must be appointed and placed on the police registry in Albany by a NYS recognized law enforcement agency and must have met the basic academy requirements prior to application. Student must meet DCJS requirements as they relate to the police refresher course. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2330 Criminal Procedural Law

    Studies the criminal law processes necessary for successful criminal investigation including physical and testimonial evidence gathering, arrest, and presentation of an accused to court for trial proceedings. Students are required to apply contemporary U.S. Supreme Court decisions relevant to such topics as arrest, search and seizure, and interrogation. Prerequisites: CRI 1510 and Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2370 Criminal Investigation

    Analyzes the basic procedures used in the investigation of a criminal matter. Students are required to demonstrate proper crime scene investigation techniques via photographing, sketching, and evidence collection for crimes against property and crimes against a person as well as study interview and interrogation techniques and courtroom demeanor and testimony. Prerequisites: CRI 1510; Prerequisite (or Corequisite): ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2380 Law/Law Enforcement Officer

    Students are required to learn and understand constitutional law and criminal procedural law as determined by the New York State Criminal Code. Students also study New York state vehicle and traffic laws and various New York state civil disturbance laws. Corequisites: CRI 2250, CRI 2460, CRI 2470, and compliance with New York state regulations. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2420 Standard Field Sobriety Test

    Students will analyze drugs and how they impair human functions. Students will study illegal drugs and related sections of the New York state penal law, and the effects of alcohol on humans with an emphasis on driving while intoxicated. Students will gain practical skills in administering standardized field sobriety testing on intoxicated drivers as well as investigative skills in relation to intoxicated drivers. Eligibility: student must be current Chautauqua County Sheriff's Academy recruit or New York state certified police/peace officer. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2470 Law Enforcement Practicum

    This experiential format places the student in the field for on-the-job training. Students will apply their academic learning in real settings and are assigned to certified field instructors who will evaluate the individual on a daily basis. Evaluations are based primarily on knowledge of the law, interpersonal skills and initiative, familiarity with forms, and the overall quality of demeanor expected of law enforcement officers. Corequisites: CRI 2250, CRI 2380, CRI 2460, and compliance with New York state regulations. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2510 Police Community Relations

    Students will study the traditional method of providing police services, along with problem-oriented and community-based policing. Students will discuss the interpersonal and intergroup relations between police and the public. Required topics include police ethics, stereotypes, minority relations, peer relations, and the role of technology in providing police services and crime prevention. Prerequisite: CRI 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2520 Police Administration

    Concentrates on contemporary principles of administration and their applications to the internal organization and management of law enforcement agencies. Students apply traditional management models/theories to various managerial concerns including planning, staffing, human resources, and leadership styles, as well as other proactive actions dealing with collective bargaining, future trends, and internal/external problem-solving. Prerequisite: CRI 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2530 Criminal Law

    Course includes an analysis of the origin and general principles of criminal law. Incorporates substantive criminal law with emphasis on the elements of each crime and the proof required to prosecute or defend the crime charged. Students are required to apply various judicial decisions to appropriate class discussions. Prerequisite: CRI 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2540 Criminalistics

    Provides students with an overview of the role of forensic science in investigation. Students will learn the role and procedures for utilizing the crime lab to its fullest potential. Areas will include Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), DNA, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), gas chromatography, and other developing technologies. Prerequisites: CRI 1510, CRI 2370, ENG 1530, and sophomore standing. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2550 Ethics in Criminal Justice

    Students will explore many of the ethical problems confronting legal system personnel, including police, lawyers, judges, and corrections personnel. Course materials will focus on ethical systems, the concepts of law and justice, and various real life ethical dilemmas. Prerequisite: CRI 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2560 Criminal Justice Internship

    Offers a classroom seminar and an assignment with a specific criminal justice agency or office matching an individual student's academic study and/or career goal. Students must relate theoretical concepts to the pragmatic operations of their placement agency and present those experiences in a seminar format. Prerequisite: CRI 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530, sophomore with GPA of 2.5 or better, and permission of instructor required. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2570 Organized Crime in the US

    Studies the evolution of organized crime in America from the 19th century to the present. Students will demonstrate knowledge of different types of organized crime, how they affect our economy, and will become familiar with the government's response to criminal organizations. Prerequisite: CRI 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2580 Introduction to Terrorism

    Students will examine the complex and often misunderstood subject of terrorism. Students will learn to distinguish acts of terrorism from other types of violence, study the various objectives and ideologies of historical and contemporary terrorist groups, and learn about terrorist organizational and operational methods. Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2610 White Collar Crime

    Using historical and current incidents, this course will discuss White Collar Crime in various areas that are pertinent to the student. Areas such as unsafe products, environmental crime, securities fraud, fiduciary fraud, governmental crime, medical crime, and computer crime will be studied to show the student how these activities originated and how they are currently being used to fleece consumers and taxpayers. The core of the class will be on current criminal activity such as Enron, Adelphia Cable, and MCI WorldCom. The course will address whichever scandal is currently being debated at the time of the class offering. Prerequisite: CRI 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2620 Intro to Probation and Parole

    Students will explore the history, purposes, and development of probation and parole as correctional practices and will learn about the successes and problems, as well as the future, of these practices. Prerequisite: CRI 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2640 American Judicial System

    Focuses on the dynamics of the courthouse. Students study lawyers and their participation in the criminal court arenas. Issues such as how and why cases move from one court to another, sentencing, and proposals for reforming the court process are discussed. Prerequisite: CRI 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 2650 Juvenile Justice System

    Students will study various causes and categories of juvenile crime and delinquency and explores the unique structure and processes of the separate legal system for juveniles. Prerequisite: CRI 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 7018 Family Procedural Law

    Students will learn many aspects of family law, including marriage contracts, prenuptial agreements, common-law marriages, separation agreements, divorce procedures, custody and visitation, support, property division, family offenses, child protection, surrogate parenting issues and adoption procedures. Eligibility: ENG 1510 Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 7020 Stress in Law Enforcement

    Students will learn about the stressors encountered in law enforcement which can have a significant impact on both the law enforcement professional and his or her family. The cause of stress, as well as both short-term and long-term reactions and effects of a stressful incident(s) will be examined. Students will also be exposed to methods of coping with the pressures of the law enforcement profession. Eligibility: ENG 1510; must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+; Corequisite: CRI 1320, CRI 1510, or CRI 1520. Campus & Term: J occasionally Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 7021 Domestic and Family Violence

    Students will examine basic issues related to Domestic and Family Violence, with an emphasis on training related to domestic incidents/violence. Students will learn about the goals of police response and proper identification of officer safety tactics when approaching the scene of a domestic incident. Prerequisite: CRI 1320 or CRI 1510; corequisite: ENG 1510; reading score 70+. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 7030 Legal Office Procedures

    Students will be introduced to the Paralegal procession. This course prepares the student for today's work environment by covering aspects of working in a law office and the study of substantive areas of law. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 1530. Camps and term: J occasionally, C occasionally. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 7031 Civil Litigation

    Students will learn the basics of New York civil litigation, torts, and jurisdiction. The students will be introduced to the elements of the civil litigation process, including investigating claims and case evaluation, preparing and filing pleadings, gathering evidence during the discovery, and engaging in all phases of trial, including pre- and post-phases. Prerequisite: ENG 1510, reading score 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • CRI 8005 Police Refresher II

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  • CRI 8503 Legal Research and Writing

    Students will be introduced to legal terminology as used in routine legal documents, court opinions, and the legal system. The student will learn to identify the objectives and theories of parties involved in litigation, key facts in cases, issues and holdings, and the reasoning in an opinion. Research skills will be developed using computerized data banks. Students will obtain preparation skills in legal memorandums, case briefs, and persuasive and objective writing. Prerequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus