October 24, 2012
I meant to attend a criminal law session earlier in RTC #125’s training, as I find all the information fascinating.
The criminal law classes are focussed on the Criminal Code of Canada (CC) and are separate from the provincial acts and bylaws classes. The recruits started Criminal Law in their second week and have continuously had classes throughout.
The were gearing up for their final exam.
I attended a review class where we covered the Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA), Weapons, Fraud, the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), and Laws of Evidence. The amount of information they have learned is immense.
The thing with their classes is that they need to learn and know all the information so they can apply it once they get out on the street. The other interesting factor is the particulars associated with sections and subsections of the criminal code. For me, it was tough to discern the difference between some of them. Even if an officer knows the CC, they have to understand the various charges and be sure they can prove the reasoning for the charges in court.
The recruits have been busy with their final criminal law exam this week, another scenario day, their OC spray day, their provincial acts and bylaws final exam, and their Documentation & Articulation final exam.
On top of all this, they still have their other sessions and the homework associated with them, and their physical training.
They’ve started to write in-depth reports, including collision and impaired reports. The impaired reports are what will be used for the recruits’ mock trial day.
Although they’re working and studying extremely hard, the recruits still love it. And they can’t wait to get out on the street and apply all their knowledge.