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The TPSA Competitive Events are a series of events that are held at the TPSA to provide a platform for the students to learn and compete in various events.

Law Enforcement

911 Call Taking

Individual

The scenario will be based on a high priority call. The call taker will gather all pertinent information necessary to relay to first responders while at the same time reassuring the caller and keeping the caller calm. The purpose of this event is to allow the student to realize the important role of the ETC (Emergency Telecommunicator) when receiving a call for help.

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Law Enforcement

Agility Course

Individual

This is a physically demanding event, preparing students for the rigors of law enforcement patrol. This event is structured similar to the LawFit challenge.To encourage students to develop endurance, muscle coordination, and mental acuity demonstrated by police officers in real world scenarios.

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Law Enforcement

Building Search

4 Person Team

This event will consist of a 4-person team with one person designated as the lead officer to the Judge. The team will be dispatched a scenario that will require them to enter and clear a building with an open door. The team will advise dispatch they are on scene, approach the building, safely enter, search and secure the building along with any suspects. The scenario will require the use of critical thinking skills. The performance will be timed and evaluated according to the event guidelines. This event will encourage students to improve their officer safety, search, and decision-making skills in a manner that will challenge them in real-world law enforcement scenarios.

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Crash Investigation

3 Person Team

The team will evaluate, diagram, photograph, and properly complete the CR-3 (Crash Report) for a mock crash scene. Students will interview all persons involved. Each team member will be responsible for specific duties. Teams must terminate their investigation and submit their CR-3 and photographs to the judge prior to the expiration of time. To provide students the opportunity to demonstrate investigative, diagramming/sketching, photographing, and documenting a crash scene; in compliance with the Texas Department of Transportation’s crash reporting requirements.

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Disturbance Call

2 Person Team

This event will consist of a two student team responding to a disturbance call as a team of patrol officers. The competitors will be responsible for de-escalating the situation, interviewing witnesses, suspects, and/or victims to determine the nature of the incident. There will be no forensic activities in this event. A judge will observe all portions of this event. The scenario will require the use of critical thinking skills. The performance will be timed and evaluated according to the event guidelines. To encourage criminal justice students to improve their problem-solving, decision-making, and oral and written communication skills in the area of a criminal investigation.

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Law Enforcement

Felony Traffic Stop

4 Person Team

A team of four (4) students will simulate a high risk traffic stop related to a felony offense. Students will utilize two (2) patrol vehicles to accurately and safely detain suspects (actors) in the simulation. Students will demonstrate their skills through proper radio communications, verbal commands and execution the felony stop based upon contemporary applicable skills. To encourage students to develop the skill sets, communication skills and safety precautions required by police officers as they conduct a felony traffic stop. Students will be able to demonstrate safety skills, proper handling of dangerous persons and work as an effective team.

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Law Enforcement

Foot Pursuit

Individual

To encourage students to develop physical coordination, endurance, safety precautions, mental recollection and radio communication skills by participation in a simulated foot pursuit. Students will demonstrate communication skills and safety precautions required by police officers as they pursue a suspect on foot. Students will be able to demonstrate safety skills, proper handling of dangerous persons, proper suspect identification and arrest. The event will reflect actions demonstrated by police officers in real world scenarios.

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Law Enforcement

Report Writing

Individual

The Report Writing event will consist of two parts. During part one competitors will watch a video containing the scenario for the police report. The competitors will be provided with information pertaining to the suspect(s), the victim(s) (i.e. DL/ID#, name, d.o.b. address, etc.) and the complaint/offense. During part two the competitors will complete the police report on their laptop using only their field notes. The scenario will require the use of critical thinking and recollection skills. The performance will be timed and evaluated according to the event guidelines. Writing a detailed report is important part of an officer’s job. Reports provide investigators the necessary information to follow through on the case. It is imperative for officers to be able to document details and accurate facts in their reports. A report is an official record of the case file and will be presented in a court of law. Poorly written reports could result in the officer looking incompetent in court.

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Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)

6 Person Team

This event will consist of a 6-person team. The team leader must be designated and identified to the judge. The event scenario will be either a shots already fired call or an officer down call.The scenario will require the use of critical thinking skills. The performance will be timed and evaluated according to the event guidelines. This event tests the team’s ability to plan and execute a SWAT callout. The event will challenge each team’s ability to plan an operation, entry or callout techniques, movement through the structure, and apprehension of any suspects or safe recovery of the downed officer.

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Law Enforcement

Traffic Stop

Individual

This is an individual event. Competitors will simulate a traffic stop related to a misdemeanor traffic violation. Students will utilize one (1) patrol vehicle to conduct a traffic stop on a violator vehicle in the simulation. Students will demonstrate their skills through proper radio communications, verbal commands and execute the traffic stop based upon contemporary applicable skills. The event will be timed and evaluated according to the event guidelines. To encourage students to develop the skill sets, communication skills and safety precautions required by police officers as they conduct a traffic stop. Students will be able to demonstrate safety skills, proper communication, to include de-escalation techniques, professional interpersonal skills and the completion of a traffic citation.

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