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.
Competitors shall wear a uniform consistent with current standards in law enforcement patrol. The student shall wear a duty belt throughout the duration of this event.
Competitors are required to provide the following materials for the duration of the competitive event. Additionally, no additional materials may be used that are not in the material list.
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(knife, gun) if used during scenario by actors
Classroom or flex area large enough to accommodate the Judge, Moderator, Actors, Competitors.
|Point Based||Highest Score Wins|
|One officer in charge||0||1|
|Proper delegation of responsibilities to other officer on the team||0||1|
|Each officer knew his/her role on the team and in the scenario||0||1|
|Officers worked well as a team||0||5|
|Officers effectively and professionally communicated with suspects/ witnesses||0||5|
|Officers knew what to do and took confident action||0||5|
|Witness(es) were properly identified||0||5|
|Suspect(s) were properly identified||0||5|
|Complainant(s) were properly identified/noted||0||5|
|Officers asked thorough questions to elicit responses about the incident.||0||5|
|Officers separated witness(es) and suspect(s).||0||5|
|Officers properly applied handcuffs when necessary and double locked them.||0||5|
|Officers maintained visual contact with suspects and witnesses (didn’t allow them to leave their sight).||0||5|
|Proper personal officer safety used at all times (gun side away and prepared for necessary action).||0||5|
|Officers controlled suspects, not allowing them to place hands out of officers view.||0||5|
|Officers secured and cleared any weapons. (Clearing must be articulated)||0||5|
|Scene was checked for safety.||0||5|
Officer in Charge Communication with Judge
|Officer in Charge relays arrest/non arrest decision to judge.||0||5|
|Officer in Charge is able to recount scenario details to judge accurately.||0||5|
|Officer in Charge relays probable cause for arrest (if made).||0||5|
|Officer in Charge relays the proper offense for arrest (if made).||0||5|
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