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This course is designed to take the learner from the definition of law and its governing bodies through to the elements and procedures of law enforcement within a park environment. The topics covered in this course include an introduction to law, code and statute offenses common to BC parks, authorities and powers, duties and responsibilities, investigations, preventative law, emergencies, investigative report writing, and statements.
You have 16 weeks from the date of registration to complete the course. Please register ONLY when you are ready to start working on the course. There is no option to extend the course end-date. Students must provide an active email account upon registration to receive information on course material and to get started in this course. For more information, please contact the Program Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Module 1 - Introduction to Law
Define common, statute, case, criminal and civil law.
Explain the hierarchy of the Court System in BC.
Explain the impact that the Charter of Rights has had on the court system in BC.
Explain the differences between Federal and Provincial laws.
Describe the elements of a Criminal Code offence.
List the elements necessary to obtain a conviction for a Criminal Code offence.
Discuss the evidence required to prove a Criminal Code offence.
Module 2 - Code and Statute Offences Common to BC Parks
List the key elements of the offences listed below:
Causing a disturbance
Theft under $1000
Driving without a license
Consuming liquor in a public place
Describe the evidence necessary to prove, in court, the points or elements for the above offences.
Module 3 - Authorities and Power
Describe the powers of arrest available to a Park Official under the Criminal Code and Federal statutes.
Describe the powers of arrest available to a Park Official under Provincial statutes.
Describe the special authorities available to Park Officials and the responsibilities that accompany those authorities.
Module 4 - Duties and Responsibilities
List five legal duties of a Park Ranger under Federal and Provincial statutes.
Complete a violation ticket as required by a Provincial statute.
Module 5 - Investigations
Describe the three types of investigations Park Rangers are commonly involved in.
Describe at least three different types/forms of evidence to be collected.
List the proper sequence of at least six steps to be taken at a crime scene, or an accident, including proper note taking, plan drawings and photo documentation procedures.
Describe at least three different authorities that Park Rangers have to get proper names/identification.
State at least four points to remember when conducting interviews.
Explain the difference between statements from witnesses versus statements from suspects/offenders.
Explain the circumstances under which either a Police or Charter warning would be used.
Define police warning.
Define charter warning.
Module 6 - Preventative Law
Provide at least one example of how CPTED would apply to prevent crimes in a park.
Describe at least two proactive roles/procedures for accident prevention.
Define the principles of negligence liability.
Describe the components of the Occupier's Liability Act.
Describe reactive role procedures.
Module 7 - Emergencies
Describe provincial search and rescue policy.
Describe local search and rescue plans and initial responses.
Describe in general terms the Good Samaritan Act.
Describe when and how to report missing persons.
Module 8 - Report Writing
Describe an acceptable style of writing used by investigators to report investigations.
List at least three contributing causes to ineffective writing.
Edit a sample document removing at least 20% of the words while retaining the original intent and meaning.
Remove impersonal introductions and zero words from a sample document.
Module 9 - Statements
List in the proper sequence nine components or parts of a typical statement.
Provide two reasons why the Charter of Rights Notice must be given to arrested or detained persons before taking a statement, and provide the most recent definition of 'detained' as interpreted by the higher courts.
Provide one reason why the police warning must be given to a suspect before taking a statement.
Describe four different methods of recording information from a statement giver.
List two advantages and two disadvantages of each method of recording information.
Effective as of Winter 2019
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