Assessment competencies state that graduates will:
acquire the necessary skills to conduct a preliminary criminal investigation and will use knowledge of traffic laws and investigative techniques to conduct traffic collision investigation as well as enforcement of state traffic laws.
Graduates will acquire an understanding of the laws and procedures governing peace officers.
Graduates will acquire oral, computer and written communication skills required of an officer and integrate theory with practice.
The graduates, upon successful completion of the course, receive their certification as a peace officer for the State of Arizona.
Means of assessment, success criteria, and summary of results:
Students will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of the topic area in practical applications such as role-playing through a pilot exam developed by AZPOST in May 2002 with at least a 70%. Students scored an average of 76%.
Students will be required to pass a pilot exam developed by AZPOST in May 2002 with at least a 70%. Students scored an average of 73.4%.
Students will be required to demonstrate their oral, computer and written communication skills in scenario-based training with a passing score of 70%. Individual testing towards the end of the academy and evaluated by instructors. No passing criteria; this is more of a critique program for cadets to improve their skills.
A minimum of 90% of cadets successfully completing the class will pass the AZPOST exam with at least a 70%. 19 students out of 23 successfully passed the AZPOST exam
1-2. This is a pilot exam for AZPOST. AWC volunteered cadets for testing to help POST determine the quality of the pilot exam. All cadets take standardized, computer driven tests during the entire academy. These tests are under the authority of AZPOST.
There is a need to develop a 12-hour real life scenario to test and evaluate each cadet’s skills. The academy hopes to implement this program in Spring 2003.
In addition, 17 of the 23 cadets were picked up by an agency either full or part time.