LAW140 - Law Enforcement Communications

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Subject Title
Law Enforcement Communications

Subject Description
In Law Enforcement Communications, the student will study effective communication techniques - oral and written. He/she will be able to obtain record and report upon information pertaining to his/her investigations that are imperative to police and security services. This course will examine and provide such recording methods as the field notebook, incident report, and the electronic data system used in the investigation procedure. The breadth of topics examined will extend from the students initial observations of physical evidence at the crime scene, through to the necessary documentation of detailed information that must be gathered to provide the client(s) with a professional investigative service.

The majority of crimes are solved through the routine task of interviewing witnesses, victims and suspects. This course will also provide the basic investigative skills and assessment techniques designed to assist the student in obtaining a proper, informative and legal statement. In both the interviewing and investigative processes, practical exercises reinforce these theories.

Credit Status
This is a Police Foundations program prescribed credit.

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

1. Identify information contained in the notebook - phonetic code, wordings for arrest, rights cautions
2. Demonstrate proficiency in note-book taking skills by recording hypothetical situations and accurately transferring the information to operational reports.
3. Identify various types and writing styles used in police and security occurrence reports.
4. Describe accurately, in report format, facts, investigative actions, events, people, places and objects
5. Discuss various electronic information systems and related information, e.g. CPIC, OPPPAC, and the security and confidentiality issues surrounding such access.
6. Conduct interviews with witnesses/victims and evaluate the information obtained.
7. Determine information to be included in a news release and demonstrate proficiency in a mock news release presented in front of the class.

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.

Topic Outline
1.    Memo Book
2.    Fact, Inference and Opinion 
3.    Interviewing Witness 
4.    Crime Scene Management 
5.    Report Writing 
6.    Communication Systems 
7.    Oral Presentations

Mode of Instruction
To ensure that students are engaged as much as possible in the learning process, instructors can use such teaching methods as lectures, films, practical exercises and class and small group discussions.

Prescribed Texts

Investigative Interviewing.  2nd ed.,
By G. MacKinnon, Old Village Press, ISBN#9780968169919

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Memo book
Memo book cover (optional)

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
All assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly. There is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade awarded.  Students must contact faculty in advance of the due date to discuss extensions.

All assignments must be correctly documented and follow the criteria established by the instructor, unless otherwise noted.  For additional information, please refer to Seneca College MLA Style Guide

If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Test and Exam dates have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable.  If a test/exam is missed, the student must provide official documentation to support the reason for the absence within one week to the instructor.  Make-up tests or exams will be granted for extenuating circumstances only and at the discretion of the faculty. 

For further information on evaluation and academic standing, please refer to the Seneca College Academic Policy

LAW140 Grading Scheme:

Memo book notes to report 10%
Interview witness and provide statements 15%
Evaluation of Information and develop report 10%
Memo book scenario 10%
Midterm Exam 20%
News and Press Release 5%
Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

Student Success
Please come prepared to participate in class.  Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every class.  Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Approved by: Sandra Noble