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Criminal Justice

Entry Level Assessment Blueprint

Specific Competencies and Skills Tested in this Assessment:


Crime Scene Management

• Exhibit understanding of proper evidence collection practices
• Exhibit knowledge of scientific principles involved in crime scene management including proper evidence preservation practices
• Exhibit understanding of initial crime scene management (e.g., first responder)
• Identify and perform crime scene processing, including crime scene search patterns, measurement, photography, latent print techniques

Use of Force

• Identify and understand the use of force
• Exhibit knowledge and understanding of civil and criminal liabilities
• Identify different case law that applies to the use of force
• Define the differences between less-than-lethal force and deadly force
• Identify non-lethal weapons and techniques
• Describe knowledge of basic firearm safety

Criminal Law and Procedures

• Display knowledge of search and seizure (including Terry v. Ohio, Miranda v. Arizona)
• Identify key constitutional amendments
• Display knowledge of branches of government
• Describe arrest procedures including probable cause and reasonable suspicion
• Define types, categories, and classes of crimes
• Exhibit knowledge of differences between criminal and civil law

Court System

• Describe the difference between a search warrant and an arrest warrant
• Display understanding of the different levels of federal courts
• Describe appropriate professional courtroom testimony and demeanor
• Identify occupations, roles, and responsibilities within the court system
• Exhibit knowledge of trial and court procedures
• Define courtroom terminology
• Exhibit knowledge of the juvenile justice system

Health and Safety

• Exhibit knowledge of universal precautions
• Demonstrate knowledge of CPR, AED, first aid, and emergency medical care
• Identify hazardous materials, proper response, and scene management

Police Concepts and Skills

• Display knowledge of radio usage and procedures
• Describe proper traffic stop techniques
• Describe proper handcuffing techniques
• Identify appropriate search procedures for persons, structures, and vehicles
• Identify different types of patrol procedures and techniques
• Display knowledge of different types of investigation (juvenile, robbery)
• Exhibit knowledge of proper interviewing and interrogation techniques
• Describe knowledge of fingerprint processing (e.g., live scan, inked impressions, patterns)
• Describe scene safety techniques for officer response (e.g., domestic abuse, assault)
• Describe scene safety techniques at motor vehicle crash sites
• Describe characteristics of individuals operating a vehicle while impaired
• Display knowledge of professional ethics and conduct
• Exhibit understanding of racial profiling as it relates to policing
• Exhibit knowledge of the history of policing


• Identify corrections concepts, methods, and history
• Identify various types, security levels, and classifications of correctional institutions
• Understand methods and history of capital punishment
• Display knowledge of intake procedures


• Exhibit knowledge of accurate report writing and field notes
• Display knowledge of interpersonal communication techniques (e.g., non-verbal, verbal)
• Demonstrate knowledge of proper de-escalation techniques
• Exhibit knowledge of effective community policing
• Display familiarity with law enforcement computer databases
• Exhibit knowledge of emerging police technology and social media

Security: National, International, and Private

• Exhibit awareness of sources and types of domestic and international terrorism
• Exhibit knowledge of private security and property protection
• Identify and understand different types of criminal organizations

Understand and Work with Special Populations

• Display understanding of cultural diversity
• Exhibit appropriate methods of interacting with persons with mental health disabilities
• Identify crisis resources for persons with unique needs (e.g., language interpreters, victims of domestic violence, homeless persons, disaster response)

Written Assessment:

Administration Time: 3 hours
Number of Questions: 187

Areas Covered:

Crime Scene Management: 8%

Use of Force 10%

Criminal Law and Procedures 10%

Court System 12%

Health and Safety 6%

Police Concepts and Skills 25%

Corrections 8%

Communication 11%

Security: National, International, and Private: 5%

Understand and Work with Special Populations: 5%

Sample Questions:

In processing a crime scene, all bodily fluids should be considered
A. blood borne pathogens
B. cross contaminates
C. toxic substances
D. occupational hazards
When escalating the use of force, the officer should consider opportunity, jeopardy, and
A. location
B. lighting
C. ability
D. ethnicity

Prior to a pat-down search, the officer should
A. wash his or her hands
B. inquire about weapon
C. Mirandize the subject
D. have back-up present

Which court has ultimate authority?
A. State Supreme Court
B. Federal Appellate Court
C. U.S. Supreme Court
D. U.S. District Court

When arresting a suspect known to have tuberculosis, the officer should
A. not touch the suspect
B. have the suspect wear a mask
C. not talk to the suspect
D. wear gloves

While approaching a vehicle during a traffic stop, the police officer should
A. pull the patrol car in front of the stopped vehicle
B. make sure all the windows of the stopped vehicle are rolled down
C. leave his or her handprint on the rear of the stopped vehicle
D. walk directly to the passenger side of the stopped vehicle

The term, _____, means confinement in jail or prison.
A. punitive damages
B. incarceration
C. demeanor
D. probation

To be objective, police reports must be written
A. from the victim’s viewpoint
B. without prejudice or bias
C. in the order that makes sense
D. in the first person

The first step in identifying and controlling terrorism is
A. security
B. legal assessment
C. threat assessment
D. liability

Cultural diversity includes appreciating differences in age, race, gender, ethnicity, language, and
A. employment
B. education
C. sexual orientation
D. criminal history

Performance Assessment:

Administration Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes
Number of Jobs: 4

Areas Covered:

35% Crime Scene Investigation
Participant will properly prepare, search for evidence, measure the location of evidence, use correct photograph techniques, correctly lift and label fingerprints, package a wet piece of evidence, package additional evidence, and maintain crime scene integrity.

27% Arrest
Participant will complete correct arrest, place handcuffs, complete a search, complete the fingerprinting process, and complete an arrest report with correct grammar and spelling.

11% Visual Memory Test
Participant will answer a series of questions from memory about what they observe and hear at a simulated crime scene, using correct spelling, grammar, and legible writing.

27% Traffic Stop and Citation Issue
Participant will correctly conduct a low-risk traffic stop, including reporting to dispatch, and issue a traffic citation.

Sample Job: Visual Memory Test
Maximum Time: 15 minutes
Participant Activity: Participant will listen to the scenario description and briefly observe the simulated crime scene. Participant will complete a worksheet legibly with a series of questions from memory, using proper spelling and grammar.