This certificate program is part of the Crime Scene Technology AS degree program (1743010600).
A College Credit Certificate consists of a program of instruction of less than sixty (60) credits of college-level courses, which is part of an AS or AAS degree program and prepares students for entry into employment (Rule 6A-14.030, F.A.C.).
This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Law, Public Safety and Security career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Law, Public Safety and Security career cluster.
This program prepares students to work in law enforcement, corrections, private/industry security, and other criminal justice, legal or public service related fields. The program prepares students to work as criminal justice practitioners/investigators in law enforcement agencies, correctional institutions, juvenile courts, social service agencies or to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations (SOC 33-1099). The program may also be beneficial to professionals seeking incentive benefits or career enhancement in the field.
After successfully completing this program, the student will be able to perform the following:
Describe and discuss history, classification and social factors of gangs.
Describe and discuss the principles of investigating, prosecuting and preventing resurgence of gangs.
Describe and discuss the interrelationship of gangs, drug trafficking, conspiracy and terrorism.
Describe and discuss the principles of managing a security threat of gangs in a correctional or detention facility.
Describe and discuss the relationship between domestic gangs and Central American/Mexican gangs.
Describe and discuss how technology is utilized in gang investigations and by gangs.
Describe and discuss the contemporary gang-related investigation topics, problems and issues.
Demonstrate prevention, intervention, prosecution and suppression skills utilized to impact gangs and gang crimes.
2015 - 2016
Florida Department of Education
Student Performance Standards
Program Title: Gang-Related Investigations
CIP Number: 0743010705
Program Length: 24 credit hours
SOC Code(s): 33-1099
This certificate program is part of the Crime Scene Technology AS degree program (1743010600). At the completion of this program, the student will be able to:
Describe and discuss history, classification and social factors of gangs--The student will be able to:
Discuss the definition and evolution of gang activity.
Describe the social factors which appear to be the root cause of gang formation.
Describe the four general gang classifications: turf, crime for profit, philosophical and hybrid.
Discuss concepts related to turf-oriented gangs.
Describe money generating gangs or crime for profit gangs.
Describe gangs formed based on political or religious philosophies.
Describe hybrid gangs.
Explain the strategies and methodologies in investigation, community efforts, and future trends.
Describe and discuss the principles of investigating, prosecuting and preventing resurgence of gangs--The student will be able to:
Discuss the definition of a criminal street gang, and factors that can influence gang membership.
Describe prevention programs to deter membership in gangs.
Describe intervention programs to reduce membership in gangs.
Describe suppression techniques to reduce and impact gang membership and gang crimes.
Explain theories of criminal subculture.
Identify the most prominent street gangs in the United States.
Discuss Italian organized crime groups.
Discuss outlaw motorcycle gangs, and supremacists.
Discuss Hispanic, Jamaican, Nigerian, Asian, Russian, and Israeli gangs.
Describe prosecution techniques used to dismantle gangs.
Describe and discuss the interrelationship of gangs, drug trafficking, conspiracy and terrorism–The student will be able to:
Discuss the origin, definition, and legal aspects of conspiracy as it relates to gangs and terrorism.
Describe the types, elements, advantages, and disadvantages of conspiracy investigations.
Describe the motivation, tactics, and organization of terrorism.
Explain the relationship of drug trafficking and the drug nexus with gangs and terrorism.
Describe national and international criminal gang profiles.
Explain the use of conspiracy theory and laws in the interdiction of gang organizations.
Discuss the effects of 9/11 on public safety agencies nationally and internationally.
Describe and discuss the principles of managing a security threat of gangs in a correctional or detention facility--The student will be able to:
Discuss the origin and evolution of corrections in the United States.
Discuss the definition and function of a correctional institution, county jail, and detention center.
Discuss critical issues facing incarceration.
Describe inmate culture and the influence of gang activity.
Explain strategies available to identify gang members as a security threat within the institution.
Discuss the value of enhanced relationships of corrections and law enforcement personnel in gang intelligence gathering and sharing.
Describe and discuss the relationship between domestic gangs and Central American/Mexican gangs--The student will be able to:
Discuss the geographical, cultural, social, political, and economic profiles of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Mexico.
Discuss the rationale for the United States’ interest in Central America and Mexico gang issues.
Explain the causes and risk factors of gang activity in Central America and Mexico.
Describe the severity of the gang problem in Central America and Mexico.
Explain the current responses to the gang problem in Central America and Mexico.
Describe and discuss how technology is utilized in gang investigations and by gangs--The student will be able to:
Discuss the recent history of technology developments that assist criminal justice agencies with mission accomplishment.
Discuss the contemporary use of technology by criminal justice agencies.
Discuss the contemporary use of technology by gangs and other criminal organizations.
Describe the criminal intelligence gathering process.
Describe the intelligence collection and application process.
Explain the intelligence sharing and dissemination process.
Describe and discuss the contemporary gang-related investigation topics, problems and issues--The student will be able to:
Discuss contemporary issues.
Discuss the historical perspectives.
Discuss the foundational philosophies.
Describe the prevention, intervention, suppression, and prosecution strategies and associated programs.
Develop skills associated with research.
Demonstrate prevention, intervention, prosecution and suppression skills utilized to impact gangs and gang crimes--The student will be able to:
Apply critical thinking skills in the analysis of contemporary issues related to gang prevention, intervention, suppression or prosecution.
Discuss the terminology, policies, and protocols utilized in the workplace.
Apply classroom course content, including knowledge, theory and skills to the work setting.
Apply the principles of human relations skills and ethical decision-making in the work setting.
Laboratory investigations that include scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, emerging technologies, tools and equipment, as well as, experimental, quality, and safety procedures are an integral part of this career and technical program/course. Laboratory investigations benefit all students by developing an understanding of the complexity and ambiguity of empirical work, as well as the skills required to manage, operate, calibrate and troubleshoot equipment/tools used to make observations. Students understand measurement error; and have the skills to aggregate, interpret, and present the resulting data. Equipment and supplies should be provided to enhance hands-on experiences for students.
This program does not prepare students for certification as correctional officers, law enforcement officers, correctional probation officers, auxiliary correctional officers, or auxiliary law enforcement officers, regardless of the amount of degree work completed. A student must successfully complete a Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) Basic Recruit Program to become certified, pursuant to Chapter 943, Florida Statutes. Students are able to participate in the Gang-Related Investigations certificate program while pursuing an AS degree in Criminal Justice Technology. Additionally, students who have successfully completed an AS degree are eligible to participate in this certificate program. In accordance with Rule 6A-6.065 (FAC), Career and Technical instructional program, and the activities of such organizations are defined as part of this curriculum. For this program Gang-Related Investigations Certificate Professional Association student membership is encouraged in the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Criminal Justice Association or Lambda Alpha Epsilon (LAE).
Planned and supervised occupational activities may be provided through directed experiences or practicum experience. Whenever the practicum method is offered, the following is required for each student: (1) each student must receive approval from the Gang Education Program Director as to the organization the student will be interning with and the student must provide the Gang Education Program Director with the internship documentation prior to commencing the internship. (2) the student must submit an internship completion form during Module Seven (7) indicating that they have fulfilled the 60 hours of on the job work experience. In order to receive credit for the course, the internship requirement must be fulfilled by each student. Students may or may not receive compensation by the organization for work performed.
Federal and state legislation requires the provision of accommodations for students with disabilities to meet individual needs and ensure equal access. Postsecondary students with disabilities must self-identify, present documentation, request accommodations if needed, and develop a plan with their counselor and/or instructors. Accommodations received in postsecondary education may differ from those received in secondary education. Accommodations change the way the student is instructed. Students with disabilities may need accommodations in such areas as instructional methods and materials, assignments and assessments, time demands and schedules, learning environment, assistive technology and special communication systems. Documentation of the accommodations requested and provided should be maintained in a confidential file.
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