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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 03-2373



2004 Mandatory In-Service Training Program

[33 Pa.B. 6127]

Required Course

04-201--Legal Update (3 hours)

   This course will maintain the format and focus of previous Legal Update courses by addressing changes in Criminal Statutory Law, Rules of Criminal Procedure and the Vehicle Code. Pertinent case law pertaining to the previous issues will also be discussed.

Tuition per officer: $16.25

Elective Courses

04-321--Crimes Against Children (3 hours)

   Child victims are increasingly commonplace, particularly child victims of sexual related crimes. The contact the child has with law enforcement can be extremely traumatic and law enforcement's response must be appropriate to minimize the trauma and present a defensible case to the court.

   This course will focus on basic child development issues, understanding a child's response to trauma, what questions to ask and not ask, how to advise the parents/caretakers of the child, the officer/investigator's role in the physical examination of the child, the role of child advocacy centers, how to prepare a child for the court process and how to win a case from the preliminary hearing through the appeal process.

   This course should also have a video produced by Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission (Commission) that depicts an appropriate interview with a young child. Resources will also be provided that officers/departments can copy and give to parents and children.

Tuition per officer: $13.85

04-322--Incident Command System (3 hours)

   This course will examine the essential components of the Incident Command System as it pertains to critical incidents such as acts of terrorism. Although other Commission courses have briefly mentioned Incident Command, they have not provided a formal and structured treatment of this subject. Officers will receive instruction in the operational components, necessity and benefits of functioning within a unified command structure and will be a logical follow-up to the 2003 Terrorism course.

Tuition per officer: $13.85

04-414--Investigative Analysis (3 hours)

   Each crime scene provides many clues to the identity of the responsible actor. Recognizing the nature of evidence, scene characteristics and the nature of acts taken at the crime scene, officers can begin to gather information that can assist in formulating inferences, as well as identifying and apprehending an individual.

   Many criminal investigation courses focus on identifying, collecting and handling physical evidence. This course will presume that the attendee has some level of competence in these functions. This course will not provide instruction in basic or advanced evidence collection. Rather, it will address the behavioral and evidentiary aspects regarding modus operandi, motive and ''signature.'' By adding this focus to the traditional tasks of identifying and collecting evidence, violent crime scenes such as homicides and sexual assaults can be handled in a more effective manner.

Tuition per officer: $13.85

00-601 FATS (6 hours)

   Maximum of 16 officers per class, 3 instructors and 2 assistants.

Tuition per officer: $90

00-602 FATS (4 hours)

   Maximum of eight officers per class and one instructor.

Tuition per officer: $35

   Questions should be directed to (717) 533-5987 or (800) 342-0858, Ext. 220 or 202.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 03-2373. Filed for public inspection December 12, 2003, 9:00 a.m.]

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