Sep 27, 2023  

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CJ 211W - Private Security and Investigative Methods

Credits: 3
Introduces private security and investigative methods, including public record searching, surveillance, background investigations, interviewing techniques, fair credit reporting act, computer based investigations and video evidence.

Prerequisite(s): READING LEVEL 2 or WRITING LEVEL 2
Corequisite(s): None
Lecture Hours: 45 Lab Hours: 0
Meets MTA Requirement: None
Pass/NoCredit: No

Outcomes and Objectives
  1. Analyze the conceptual difference between private security and public law enforcement and their relationship with the criminal justice system.
    1. Cite the current laws regulating the private security sector.
    2. Understand the current opportunities in private security.
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of the sources of information available to private security and public law enforcement.
    4. Articulate an understanding of the Miranda rights, as they apply to the private sector.
  2. Analyze and demonstrate an understanding of the significant role of private investigations.
    1. Differentiate between the following types of investigations
      1. Retail investigations
      2. Undercover–pretext
      3. Surveillance
      4. Missing persons–skip-tracing
      5. Interviewing and interrogation
      6. Computer investigations
      7. Domestic investigations
      8. Background investigations
  3. Provide customers and employees with methods to cope with problems of assets protection.
    1. Understand the difference between loss prevention and crime prevention.
    2. Differentiate between loss probability and loss critically.
    3. Demonstrate the ability to produce a loss prevention survey.
    4. Understand the use of psychological and polygraph testing.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic components of an investigation.
    1. Understand the initial investigation process.
      1. What happened?
      2. Where did it happen?
      3. When did it happen?
      4. Who was involved?
      5. Why did it happen?
      6. How did it happen?
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the communication process while conducting an investigation.
    1. Define the various types of communication.
    2. Cite examples of non-verbal communication.
    3. Understand the vocabulary of investigative communication.
    4. Explain the differences between an interview and interrogation.
  6. Perform writing tasks to promote learning of concepts.
    1. Document attainment of skills learned.
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of subject.
  7. Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing and speaking.
    1. Analyze course contact in written form.
    2. Explain the subject matter in a coherent writing style.
    3. Employ verbal skills of course material.
  8. Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
    1. Articulate important ideas.
    2. Select, organize, and present details to support a main idea.
    3. Employ conventions of writing, editing, standard English (WESE) or the language of instruction.
    4. Use appropriate vocabulary for the audience and purpose.

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