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    Erie Community College
  Feb 17, 2018
Spring 2018 Catalog

LE 206 - Legal Updates for Police Officers

Credit Hours: .5

As the course title implies, specific subject matter will vary with changes in statutory law and/or decisions. Emphasis will focus on what elements of a crime must be present if the officer expects the district attorney or other prosecutors to be successful in court determination of guilt.

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate an awareness of recent changes in N.Y. State Penal Law, the Criminal Procedure Act, and other laws relating to police action, especially those relative to arrest and search and seizure;
  • demonstrate an awareness of recent decisions by U.S. Courts and New York State courts of record as they relate to authority of law enforcement officers to make arrests, to search and seize, and to lay charges for violation of specific statutes; and
  • illustrate steps an officer may take to assure reasonable competency and currency in job-related legal matters on one's own, acknowledging the reality that update courses cannot be offered to all personnel every time a court ruling is handed down or a new law is passed.

Year Round (N)