How would you alter the curriculum to ensure that officers received adequate training in the most important areas?

Which of these areas are most important? Why? How would you alter the curriculum to ensure that officers received adequate training in the most important areas? Is this training adequate to train an officer to do his or her job? Why or why not? What is missing, if anything?

This presents a breakdown of the basic training curriculum for California police officers. This curriculum, developed by the California Police Officer Standards Training Commission, attempts to provide officers with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the job. The curriculum contains a number of subject areas and comprehensively addresses the job of police officer.

TABLE-10-6 CALIFORNIA BASIC ACADEMY REQUIREMENTS

SUBJECT AREA TRAINING HOURS SUBJECT AREA TRAINING HOURS
Ethics and Professionalism   8 Crimes in Progress 16
Criminal Justice System   4 Handling Disputes 12
Community Relations  12 Domestic Violence  8
Victimology/Crisis Intervention   6 Unusual Occurrences  4
Introduction to Law   6 Missing Persons  4
Crimes against Property  10 Traffic Enforcement 22
Crimes against Persons  10 Traffic Investigation 12
General Criminal Statutes   4 Preliminary Investigations 42
Crimes against Children   6 Custody  4
Sex Crimes   6 Physical Fitness 40
Juvenile Laws   6 Weaponless Defense 60
Controlled Substances  12 First Aid/CPR 21
ABC Law   4 Firearms/Chemical Agents 72
Laws of Arrest  12 Information Systems  4
Search and Seizure  12 Person with Disabilities  6
Concepts of Evidence   8 Gangs  8
Report Writing  40 Crimes against Justice  4
Vehicle Operations  24 Weapon Violations  4
Use of Force  12 Hazardous Materials  4
Patrol Techniques  12 Cultural Awareness  24
Vehicle Pullovers  14 Total 599