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Criminal Justice Technical Standards

Critical Thinking/Problem-Solving Skills

Definition of Standards:

Be able to organize time and materials, prioritize tasks, to perform several tasks simultaneously and adapt to changing situations.

Examples of Standards:

Display ability to analyze and integrate concepts.

Make professional judgements.

Demonstrate the ability to think critically about criminal justice issues.

Demonstrate the ability to multi-task, adapt to and display flexibility in changing situations.

Perform the above skills independently.

Communication/Interpersonal Skills

Definition of Standards:

Have the necessary interpersonal competencies to function effectively with diverse populations and to function collaboratively as part of a professional team.

Examples of Standards:

Communicate effectively with others in the profession.

Express ideas and emotions clearly and respectively.

Demonstrate sufficient skills to comprehend content presented in the program.

Coping Skills

Definition of Standards:

Ability to respond appropriately to stressful environments.

Examples of Standards:

Manage schedules and deadlines.

Perform in fast paced criminal justice situations.

Demonstrate the ability to work with frequent interruptions.

Respond appropriately to unexpected situations.

Cope with extreme variations in workload and stress levels.

Possess the ability to make and execute quick, appropriate, and accurate decisions in a stressful environment and have the capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well in a variety of situations.

Mobility/Motor Skills

Definition of Standards:

Sufficient motor function to execute movements.for the variety of positions found in Criminal Justice.

Ability to manipulate various equipment used in Criminal Justice positions.

Example of Standards:

Be able to complete sedentary, repetitive activities such as long periods of driving or completing desk activities such as reports, while also being able to react to emergency situations where physical exertion is necessary such as foot pursuits and hands on compliance techniques.

Sensory Abilities

Definition of Standards:

Sufficient auditory, visual and tactile ability to ensure a safe environment for the community.

Example of Standards:

Recognize and interpret expressions and body language.

Identify normal and abnormal patterns of behavior in suspects, victims and witnesses, detect sound for safety purposes.

Behavioral/Emotional Skills

Definition of Standards:

Ability to demonstrate professional behaviors and a strong work ethic.

Example of Standards:

Demonstrate initiative, flexibility, enthusiasm, honesty, cooperation and integrity.

Recognize personal limitations and request assistance as appropriate.

Demonstrate respect for the community and members of the criminal justice profession.