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Posted almost 2 years ago

 

 I am the Criminal Justice Instructor for a new, regional Career and Technical Education Center in New Kent, Virginia (Just outside of Richmond).  The program is designed to introduce high school students to a wide array of jobs in the criminal justice system with a large focus on law enforcement and crime scene investigations.  Due to budget restrictrions, I do not have access to all the equipment we need to teach the class successfully.  If you or your agency has surplus equipment of any type, please contact me to discuss donating the equipment to our school.  Please e-mail me at sdalton@bridgingcommunities.k12.va.us.   Thank you, in advance, for your help.

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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

You need to be more specific, are you looking for things like used patrol cars, obsolete state statue books, duty belt gear or what.  Are you willing to pay shipping on donated items?

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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

 Sorry, you are correct, I should have been specific.  At this time, I'm looking for duty gear (belts, holsters, etc.), evidence collection equipment, training equipment (blue/red guns), and handcuffs.  I would love a patrol car to use for hands-on training, but that might be a logistical nightmare getting it here unless it is within driving range of the school.


Yes, we are willing to cover the cost of shipping donations so long as it is a reasonable price.  Again, money is tight.

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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

I am curious if you made this request to local agencies? Results? I am also curious of your background and level of education. It appears you are getting ahead of yourself teaching crime scene investigations. Baby steps. Patrol and report writing.

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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

aftr being away for many months i thought i would drop in. to the instructor starting a class for high schoolers, forget about equipment for now. sell yourself as the positive influence needed for law enforcement. then move to physical training using prison techniques: four walls and a body. start there and things can grow. stay way from weapons for one year.

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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

Some civilian input.  Report writing. Some interviewing.  Forming teams to address sample community policing issues.  That way high-school students get exposure to organizing information in a clear and concise way.  They can translate that skill to their other coursework where the temptation to regurgitate the internet lowers their competitive edge for college.


Plus students get a rough idea of the amount of writing involved in the job.  They also get to consider what factors go into efectively curtailing specific crime type in a particular area.  They start looking at the community as a whole - what factors come into play.

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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

 I appreciate everybody's input.  First, let me answer some of the questions about my background and the type of course work.  As for education, I have my Bachelor's in Criminal Justice with a concentration on Forensic Crime Scene Investigations from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Currently, I am working on my Master's in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.  My professional experience includes patrol, white-collar crime (NW3C), and regulatory investigations.


As for the nature of the course, the Virginia Department of Education has compiled a list of topics that I am required to teach.  Most of them are related to law enforcement, courts, and corrections.  Many of the required topics, or "Core Competencies," are hands-on.  Meaning the students must demonstrate they can perform the task.  That's why I need equipment for the students to use for training purposes.  Additionally, we are starting a SkillsUSA chapter, which is a nation-wide student organization for career and technical education.  As part of SkillsUSA the students have the opportunity to compete against other schools.  The competitions, which could be any event a uniform patrol officer might encounter or a crime scene, require the students to provide their own equipment.  In many cases, the students are using school provided equipment.


Also, yes I have reached out to local agencies.  Unfortunately, our school draws students from small, rural counties with very limited funding. The local Sheriff's Office has offered to help, but has limited supplies and resources.


Hopefully this answers any questions and concerns.  Again, some of the input is very helpful and we are currently working on many of the basics (law, writing, etc.).  Any help will be much appreciated!