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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York City Police Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

Police Science

Criminal Investigation/Introduction to Law Enforcement
160 hours (26 weeks).
Police Academy, 235 East 20th St., New York, NY.
January 2000 - June 2003.*
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 
Describe the responsibilities of a police officer in responding to, investigating and protecting potential and actual crime scenes and incidents requiring investigations; describe the function of law enforcement in society and its implications for the role of the police officer; define the role of the urban police officer; identify and describe the major features of the New York City Police Department's structure, policies, mission, and values; describe the purpose and operation of a New York City Police patrol function; describe the skills, resources, and statutes that are fundamental to a police officer's work.
General principles of investigation, with suggested procedures for specific type of law violators; responding to calls; preliminary investigations; investigation of complaints, aided cases, accident cases; developing and handling physical evidence; safeguarding and continuity of physical evidence/property; investigation of corruption and civilian complaints; criminal intelligence reporting; reporting suspected law violations or persons or activities connected with major crime for follow-up investigation; reporting gang-related criminal activity; DNA evidence; processing computer evidence; role of law enforcement and the individual police officer's participation; departmental structure, policy, and rationale of each; individual member's internal and external relationships and functions; purposes and operations of police patrol; skills, techniques, resources, and statutes with which the officer must be familiar. Policies and practices of the New York City Police Department; organization and rank order; sick and excusal procedures; discipline; patrol: organization, function, conditions; report writing; police emergencies; communications; motor vehicle and traffic regulations; summons procedures; Environmental Control Board summons; arrest procedures; custody of children; policies concerning prisoners; police tactics; fingerprinting; community policing; juveniles; EDPs; policies and procedures regarding safety and enforcement issues on both New York City Transit Authority and New York City Housing Authority properties; response to critical incidents; responsibilities at the scenes of civil matters; policies concerning quality of life issues in New York City; hazardous materials; terrorism; information ordering; task prioritization.
Credit recommendation: 
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 8 semester hours in Criminal Investigation or Criminal Justice (5/01 revalidation). *NOTE: The content covered in this course was recommended for credit as two separate courses from December 1973 to December 1999. Please refer to the former individual course titles for further information.