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 Course Title:   Parks Law Enforcement Academy (PLEA) Module 4

 Title Abbreviation:   PLEA - MODULE 4

 Department:    CJ

 Course #:    244

 Credits:    6

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    8

 CIP:    030208

 EPC:    129

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Introduction to skills-based defensive tactics, firearms, chemical agents, Taser and emergency vehicle operations course. Covers nomenclature, theories, associated case law, techniques, and practical skills application in the field.


Prerequisite: Extensive background and criminal history check/drug analysis and Dept Chair/Committee Approval.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 22

Lab: 88

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Recite the four fundamental rules of firearms. Understand the difference between single action and double action.
  2. Differentiate between a revolver and semi-automatic pistol and name the parts of each.
  3. Understand the difference between center-fire and rim-fire cartridges, and know the parts of each.
  4. Disassemble, clean and reassemble the SigSauer P-229 semi-automatic 9mm pistol, the Remington 870-P 12-gauge shotgun, and the Superior Arms A3 AR-15 long rifle.
  5. Shoot tactical courses of fire within industry standard limits of qualification. Apply the integrated force options to defensive tactics situations.
  6. Demonstrate a variety of escorts, take-downs, and level 1 and 2 tactics against another combatant.
  7. Tactically handcuff a subject from upright, kneeling and prone positions, and conduct a search.
  8. Understand the chemical makeup of pepper spray, and complete a tactical evolution after exposure.
  9. Understand the operation and application of a Taser. Display edged weapons awareness.
  10. Model appropriate situational and threat awareness, and know the tactical color guide.
  11. Recite the three required Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and demonstrate their administration.
  12. Understand the scientific principles supporting Radar and LIDAR, and employ speed measuring devices under simulated conditions.
  13. Participate in force-on-force dynamic training evolutions that integrate judgment and use of force principles.
  14. Understand and successfully demonstrate the principles of weight transfer in automobiles during dynamic operations, during both day and night operations.
  15. Recite appropriate terminology as it applies to pursuit and judgment driving. Operate vehicles at low speed and in complex backing scenarios.
  16. Practice weapon retention both from a drawn position and when weapons are on the belt.
  17. Understand the importance of both cultural and mental health awareness issues when dealing with the public in matters of safety and use of force.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.
2.4 Evaluate decisions by analyzing outcomes and the impact of actions.
2.5 Identify similarities and differences in the ways in which data is collected and analyzed in different disciplines.
2.6 Recognize how the value and biases in different disciplines can affect the ways in which data is analyzed.
2.7 Identify and evaluate connections and relationships among disciplines.
2.8 Describe how one’s own preconceptions, biases and values affect one’s response to new and ambiguous situations.
2.9 Apply and/or create problem-solving strategies to successfully adapt to unpredictable and/or changing environments.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.
3.5 Recognize, comprehend, and use non-verbal behaviors appropriate to a given context.
3.6 Recognize, comprehend, and use visual communication appropriate to a given context.
3.7 Adapt communication to diverse audiences and media.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and issues associated with the diverse perspectives of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and culture.
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.
4.5 Adapt to and function effectively in communities and cultures different from one's own.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental scientific concepts.
9.2 Demonstrate their understanding of the principles of scientific methods, analysis, and reasoning.
9.3 Analyze, apply, and communicate scientific concepts and principles in context (for example, in technological, personal, and/or professional situations).

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.2 Demonstrate an understanding of legal, ethical, and environmental issues in the use and misuse of technology.
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.
10.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of technology in one’s personal and professional life.

Course Contents

  1. Firearms (safety rules, revolvers, semi-automatic, shotgun, long rifle, and tactical evolutions).
  2. Down/disabled officer course. Judgment Use of Force tactical scenarios.
  3. Interactive cover drills. Defensive tactics.
  4. Chemical Agents. EVOC.
  5. Taser. Radar.
  6. LIDAR. Criminal Organizations and Terrorism.
  7. Aircraft Countermeasures. TSA Regulations: Flying Armed.
  8. HAZMAT Awareness. Use of Force.
  9. Active Threat Response. Tactical Medicine.
  10. Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. Threats against Resource Officers.
  11. Cultural and mental health awareness issues in matters of safety and use of force.