ECP220 - Police Communications Procedures

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Subject Title
Police Communications Procedures

Subject Description
Each emergency service, whether police, fire or ambulance, is governed by specific laws, by-laws, standards, procedures and regulations. Technology used on a day to day basis in the policing environment such as C.P.I.C. is also governed by specific regulations. This subject will address the procedures, technology, terminology and equipment that are used consistently in a police environment.

Credit Status
This is a 911 & Emergency Services Communications Program prescribed credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Define the standards that set the guidelines and responsibilities listed for procedures, technology, terminology and equipment used for uniform and civilian members.
2. Define the rank structure in a police environment.
3. Demonstrate the correct use of 10 codes, police terminology, and explain why they should be used.
4. Demonstrate the use of CPIC and PARIS and explain the necessity for the restrictions surrounding their use.
5. Explain types, functions, and resources of specialized units in a police environment internal and external to each police service and list the advantages of having such units.
6. Explain the necessity for taping any communications transmissions and list the technology used.
7. Define the mandate, standards and responsibilities of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU)
8. Assess and explain how a communicator's job performance in a communication centre can directly affect the safety of the public and the officer.
9. List the criteria set by the Police Services Act written in the regulation "Suspect Apprehension Pursuits," including the purpose of this regulation and how it affects the police communicators' job performance.
10. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Mobile Work Station (MWS) and explain how it affects the police communicator's job performance.
11. Describe the definition of, the use of, and the radio set up of the Province Common Channel.
12. Explain and assess the use of call classifications.
13. Identify and explain the use of information systems including data bases, mapping, mite checks, and phone and radio recorders.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Mode of Instruction
This subject will be taught using lectures, discussions, independent study, work groups and practical application.

  • Please note that hybrid subjects require a high degree of independent learning and time management skills.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Tests & Assignments  15%
Mid-term test                 25%                            
Practical application    30%                            
Final Examination        30%

Important Note: This is a hybrid subject, which means that not all classes are held in person (check your course schedule for details) A portion of the class learning will take place online. Please note that hybrid subjects require a high degree of independent learning and time management skills.

Approved by: Sandra Noble