Career & Technical Education > Criminal Justice

General Information


I. Catalog Course Description

Prepares the student to be able to communicate within the criminal justice field by introducing him/her to the five basic communication skills: report writing, non-verbal communication, basic public speaking, interviewing and interrogation skills, and courtroom testimony. * This class must be taken before attending the Western Nevada State Peace Officer Academy


II: Course Objectives

  • Identify the correct purpose of a police report
  • Assess the four purposes of taking field notes and maintaining an officer’s field notebook
  • Identify items allowed to be used by an officer to refresh their memory for recollection while testifying in court
  • Identify items not discoverable under NRS174-245
  • List the eight characteristics of a well written report
  • Discuss the proper attire, attitude, and demeanor of testifying in court
  • Assess non-verbal skills
  • Acknowledge the traits of a good public speaker
  • Assess the “art” of interrogation and interviews
  • Write acceptable police reports

III: Course Linkage

The General Education Mission is to provide students with a core foundation of critical life skills with which to improve their lives. This course addresses the following Student Learning Objectives of the General Education Mission by ensuring that successful students:

  • Are able to demonstrate college level reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Can engage in meaningful self assessments and work effectively with others.
  • Utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
  • Have knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate to the emphasis of their degree.
  • Develop and improve their creative abilities.
  • Appreciate the value and importance of diversity, ethics, and public service.

Scheduled CRJ-103 classes:

Fall 2019