Interpersonal Communications – cja304 (3 credits)

This course prepares the student to communicate effectively in both written and verbal forms. The course covers best practices in investigative reporting, written reports and memos, and interpersonal verbal communication within criminal justice settings, including interactions with victims, suspects, incarcerated persons, government officials, staff, and civilians.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Communication With Diverse Groups and Special Situations

  • Identify techniques for addressing the challenge of language barriers within the criminal justice system.
  • Analyze communication dynamics occurring within incidents, emergencies, and conflict situations.
  • Determine effective methods of communication for diverse groups.
  • Analyze the effect of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 on communication within the criminal justice system.

The Communication Process

  • Describe the process and components of communication.
  • Describe the flow of communication in criminal justice organizations.
  • Identify how to overcome barriers to effective communication.
  • Explain the role of types of listening in oral communication.
  • Describe the components of verbal and nonverbal communication in criminal justice settings.

Speaking and Writing in the Criminal Justice System

  • Identify the guidelines for effective presentations.
  • Identify the guidelines for effective speaking.
  • Identify the parameters of persuasive writing.
  • Identify the guidelines for fact-based report writing.
  • Apply effective writing principles to various types of criminal justice communication.

Interviewing and Interrogation

  • Differentiate between interviews and interrogations.
  • Identify effective techniques for interviewing.
  • Describe the legal requirements necessary to acquire admissible statements.

Technological Communication

  • Explain how technology has affected communication within the different areas of the criminal justice system.
  • Describe ways to use new technological communication methods within criminal justice settings.
  • Compare purposes of specialized databases in criminal justice.

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