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Criminal Justice

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CJA 100   Professions in Criminal Justice
Credits: 3.00
Description: Provides overview of the various careers in the public safety professions, including police, corrections, parole and probation, juvenile and adult casework, private security, loss prevention, and private investigator. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 121. Audit available.
CJA 101   Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice Professions
Credits: 3.00
Description: Provides introduction and familiarization with communication styles, customs, language and behavior patterns of various cultures, ethnic groups and non-traditional populations as employed by and encountered by criminal justice professions; including police, corrections, parole and probation, juvenile and adult casework, private security, loss prevention, investigation and 911 communications. Prerequisite: WR 121. Audit available.
CJA 111   Introduction to Criminal Justice System - Police
Credits: 3.00
Description: Course designed to provide an overview of the role of police in society. Students will become familiar with general concepts related to law enforcement and be introduced to associated foundations and principles that comprise the criminal justice system. A range of issues and facts relevant to policing will be discussed. Included is historical development of police in America, crime data collection, police organization and structure, the police sub-culture, police and community relations, laws and constitutional limitations on authority. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121. Audit available.
CJA 112   Introduction to Criminal Justice System - Courts
Credits: 3.00
Description: This course focuses on the United States criminal court systems including state, federal and miscellaneous other jurisdictions. It covers roles and functions of participants in the adjudication process including the prosecutor, defense attorney, defendant, victim, judge, jury, police and more. Also examined various criminal court procedures from arrest and arraignment through trial and sentencing. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121. Audit available.
CJA 113   Introduction to the Criminal Justice System - Corrections
Credits: 3.00
Description: Covers theories and current practices in correctional treatment, crime prevention, contemporary criminal justice services and treatment methods, and professional career opportunities. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 121. Audit available.
CJA 114   Introduction to Juvenile Process
Credits: 3.00
Description: Introduces history and philosophies of juvenile adjudication and corrections. Covers current programs in Oregon available to juveniles who are or have been involved in the justice system. Provides a focus on integrating theories of causation, juvenile law, and procedural requirements. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 121 (or instructor permission). Audit available.
CJA 115   Introduction to Jail Operations
Credits: 3.00
Description: Introduces jail operations including security, intake, classification and other daily procedures concerning inmates. Problems and issues facing contemporary jails will be explored and possible solutions studied. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 121. Audit available.
CJA 116   Juvenile Risk Assessment
Credits: 3.00
Description: Covers fundamentals of assessing juveniles at risk of becoming involved in serious delinquent behavior. Focuses on specific types of problems such as violence, chemical dependency and sexual offending. Youth treatment programs will also be examined. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: CJA 114. Audit available.
CJA 117   Introduction to Homeland Security
Credits: 3.00
Description: Introduces Homeland Security and its function of coordinating efforts to develop and implement a comprehensive national strategy to secure the nation from terrorist threats or attacks. Agencies associated with Homeland Security along with their duties and relationships are covered. Explores historical events, laws, issues, communications, critical threats and other topics related to protecting the national infrastructure. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 121. Audit available.
CJA 210   Arrest, Search and Seizure
Credits: 3.00
Description: Covers issues and procedures regarding stops, frisks, searches and seizures. The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article 1, Section 9 of the Oregon State Constitution are discussed. Topics include stops, arrests, privacy issues, search warrants and warrantless searches and seizures. Case law, current events and statutory law from the Criminal Code of Oregon are reviewed. Prerequisites: CJA 111 and CJA 112 and WR 121. Audit available.
CJA 211   Civil Liability and Ethics in Criminal Justice
Credits: 3.00
Description: Explores the conduct and ethics of criminal justice practitioners that give rise to civil liability. Particular attention is paid to aspects of risk management to help prevent legal claims. Prerequisites: CJA 100, CJA 111 and WR 121 or instructor permission. Audit available.
CJA 212   Criminal Law
Credits: 3.00
Description: Introduces substantive criminal law including basic principles of criminal liability, constitutional aspects, defenses and accomplice liability. Elements of specific crimes are covered and court decisions interpreting statutes are analyzed. Prerequisites: CJA 111; WR 121. Audit available.
CJA 213   Evidence
Credits: 3.00
Description: Explores the rules regarding the use of evidence according to state and federal laws. A wide variety of topics are introduced relating to evidence including collection, preservation, chain of custody, admissibility and exclusion at trial. Prerequisites: CJA 111; WR 121. Audit available.
CJA 214   Criminal Investigation
Credits: 3.00
Description: Introduces modern investigative methods, including the collection and preservation of physical evidence, scientific aids, sources of information, interviews, follow-up and case presentation. Includes techniques of interview and interrogation. Prerequisites: CJA 111; WR 121. Audit available.
CJA 215   Forensic Science and Criminalistics
Credits: 3.00
Description: Explores how scientific principles help in crime detection and solution. Familiarizes students with analysis of fingerprints, DNA, body fluids, and other evidence that may be contained at a crime scene. Prerequisites: WR 121. Audit available.
CJA 217   Interviewing and Interrogation
Credits: 3.00
Description: Presents knowledge and working skills in the art of interviewing and interrogation. Prerequisites: CJA 100, 111; WR 121. Audit available.
CJA 218   Criminal Justice Perspectives of Violence & Aggression
Credits: 3.00
Description: Explores and analyzes violence and aggression as viewed from biological, psychological, psychiatric and sociological perspectives. Emphasizes episodically violent individuals, their detection, treatment methods and violence prevention in the area of crisis intervention. Presents the tools and techniques of crisis intervention through discussion, demonstrations, simulation and role playing. Prerequisites: CJA 100; WR 121. Audit available.
CJA 225   Criminal Justice and the United States Constitution
Credits: 3.00
Description: Provides a broad overview of United States Constitutional Law as it relates to professions in the criminal justice field. Focuses on those Articles and Amendments related to criminal justice that limit government authority. Prerequisites: CJA 100, CJA 111, CJA 112, and WR 121. Audit Available.
CJA 228   Organized Crime and Terrorism
Credits: 3.00
Description: Provides information on organized crime, its development, growth and impact on society and criminal justice processes. Includes crime families, terrorists, gangs and fringe groups with criminal intentions, their detection, investigation and combat. Prerequisites: CJA 100; WR 121. Audit available.
CJA 230   Police Report Writing
Credits: 4.00
Description: Course is designed to teach students police report writing skills. Emphasized are techniques appropriate to narrative structures necessary for operational police reports. Included are legal aspects, content, organization and grammar. The focus is to produce a quality police report capable of withstanding courtroom scrutiny. Prerequisite: WR 227; CJA 210 and 212. Audit available.
CJA 231   Crime Scene Photography
Credits: 3.00
Description: Introduces crime scene photography skills to aid in crime scene and evidentiary documentation. Includes camera operation, exposure control, proficiency in relational photos, close- up photography, lighting, flash control and videography. Prerequisite: WR 121 and CJA 111. Audit available.
CJA 232   Intelligence Led Policing
Credits: 3.00
Description: Moves information gathered on criminal activities from knowledge to action. Provides a foundation on intelligence management as it relates to collection, analysis and dissemination of information related to threats in an attempt to facilitate informed decision-making, policies and appropriate operational response while maintaining respect for the Constitution and privacy rights of citizens. Prerequisites: WR 121 and CJA 111. Audit available.
CJA 233   Aspects of Homicide
Credits: 3.00
Description: Provides a historical examination and analysis of homicide. Explores the differences between homicide and murder and analyzes the different degrees of murder. Examines theories on the motives for homicide, murder, mass murder and serial murders. Explores how the criminal justice system works with murder and other death-related crimes. Introduces methods for detection, investigation and prosecution of murder cases including the analysis of forensic evidence in homicide cases to determine cause of death. Prerequisite: CJA 212. Audit available.
CJA 234   Intelligence Analysis and Security Management
Credits: 3.00
Description: Provides a foundation on the collection, analysis and dissemination of information related to threats to the nation in an attempt to facilitate informed decision-making, policies and appropriate operational response while at the same time maintaining respect for the Constitution and privacy of the American people. Introduces security management of disasters and threats to the national infrastructure. Prerequisites: WR 121 and CJA 111. Audit available.
CJA 235   Transportation and Border Security
Credits: 3.00
Description: Provides an in-depth view of modern border and transportation security. Includes security for seaports, ships, aircraft, trains, trucks, pipelines, buses, etc. Focuses on the technology needed to detect terrorists and their weapons. Covers related legal, economic, political and cultural issues. Prerequisites: WR 121 and CJA 111. Audit available.
CJA 243   Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs
Credits: 3.00
Description: Covers history and causes of narcotic and drug problems, how to identify drug addicts and drug abusers, how to define and classify various types of narcotics and dangerous drugs, including laws and other controls and rehabilitation programs. Prerequisites: CJA 100; WR 121. Audit available.
CJA 244   Tactical Communication in Crisis Incidents
Credits: 3.00
Description: This course focuses on police intervention in the lives of people in the midst of an emotional or physical crisis in the manner designed to minimize or prevent violence while gaining control of the situation. Emphasized are verbal and non-verbal communication techniques and skills utilized to calm the client and gain compliance helping to lead to a successful and safe resolution. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 121 (or instructor permission). Audit available.
CJA 245   Search Warrant Preparation
Credits: 3.00
Description: Covers legal concepts in search warrant preparation and focuses on learning to draft legal documents comprised of probable cause statements and judicial orders. Particular attention is paid to strengthening legal writing and evidence gathering in preparation for warrant application. Prerequisites: CJA 210 and WR 227. Audit available.
CJA 246   Fish and Wildlife Enforcement
Credits: 3.00
Description: Covers fish and game laws and their relation to wildlife management. Focuses on enforcement processes and techniques including investigation, fish and wildlife forensics, evidence handling, proper citation and report completion in preparation for courtroom presentation. Prerequisites: CJA 111 and WR 121. Audit available.
CJA 247   Introduction to Criminal Gangs
Credits: 3.00
Description: Provides information on criminal street gangs and their impact on American society. Student will become familiar with general concepts related to law enforcement interaction with gangs including suppression, intervention, and educational tactics. Prerequisite: CJA 111 and WR 121. Audit available.
CJA 251   Management Strategies for Police Leaders
Credits: 4.00
Description: Introduces knowledge, skills and techniques needed for effective management of police personnel. Includes establishing performance objectives, appraisals, discipline discharge and effective communication techniques when handling grievances and other employee issues. Covers labor laws as well as constitutional concepts related to property, liberty and due process. Prerequisites: CJA 230 and CJA 211. Audit available.
CJA 252   Innovative Police Leadership
Credits: 4.00
Description: Introduces concepts of police leadership and supervision and its impact on high reliability organization. Examines differing managerial styles and collaborative practices as a means of discovering one’s own leanings and strengths. Focuses on ideas and suggestions to help improve leadership skills through incremental and positive changes over time. Prerequisite: CJA 251. Audit available.
CJA 253   Critical Thinking for Police Leaders
Credits: 4.00
Description: Focuses on the role of critical thinking in police leadership and decision making. Covers a systems approach of the critical thinking process to be applied in a police setting from routine daily operations to critical incident management. Includes topics such as informed decision-making, strategic processes, incorporating agency policies and appropriate operational response. Prerequisite: CJA 252. Audit available.
CJA 254   Leading Police Resilience
Credits: 4.00
Description: Introduces a multi-disciplinary approach to managing the police-citizen encounter through enhancing personal, organizational and community resilience. Covers issues related to contemporary law enforcement culture, leadership and management, warrior ethos, ethics, personality, emotional and social intelligence, emotional regulation, stress management, and physical and mental fitness. Prerequisite: CJA 251. Audit available.
CJA 260   Introduction to Correctional Institutions
Credits: 3.00
Description: Provides an overview of correctional facilities including prisons, jails, treatment and work release facilities. Introduces the effects of incarceration on inmates and their adaptive strategies. Introduces various intervention modalities and reintegration programs back into the community. Prerequisites: CJA 113 and WR 121. Audit available.
CJA 261   Introduction to Probation and Parole
Credits: 3.00
Description: Introduces Community Corrections or probation and parole in the management of offender behavior. Discusses Management of Community Corrections agencies and community intervention with offenders. Prerequisite: CJA 100, 113. Audit available.
CJA 262   Introduction to Correctional Treatment
Credits: 3.00
Description: This course provides an overview of correctional treatment within the criminal justice system. It provides insight into the role and purpose of effective correctional treatment strategies and programs, including the responsibilities of providers and clients. Prerequisites: CJA 100 and CJA 113. Audit available.
CJA 263   Introduction to Corrections Casework
Credits: 3.00
Description: Introduces the process of casework and case management in a correctional setting. Develops both a theoretical and practical base of knowledge to allow the student to develop counseling techniques. Prerequisite: CJA 100, 113. Audit available.
CJA 264   Introduction to Corrections Administration
Credits: 3.00
Description: This course provides an overview of the administration and management of corrections facilities, programs and field services. It provides insight into the role and purpose of effective management strategies for the professional delivery of correctional services. Prerequisites: CJA 100 and CJA 113. Audit available.
CJA 265   Community Reentry for Offenders
Credits: 3.00
Description: Provides an overview of the role and responsibilities of the community jail and prison in preparing offenders for reentry into a lawful place within the community. Covers the steps necessary to prepare the offender for release, offender skills assessment processes, brokering employment opportunities and resources as well as other methods to support offenders while returning to positive lawful roles in the community. Prerequisites: CJA 113 and WR 121. Audit available.
CJA 279   Criminal Justice Seminar
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Description: Designed for criminal justice agencies offering special topic seminars to meet the information and training needs of local criminal justice agencies. Audit available.
CJA 280A   Cooperative Education: Criminal Justice
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Description: Students participate with various public sector criminal justice agencies to learn about their structure and function. The field placement must be program-related. Department permission required prior to registration. Prerequisite: CJA 100 and (CJA 111 or CJA 113).