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ADMJUS-130 - Report Writing for Law Enfcmnt - R Farkas

Course:Report Writing for Law Enfcmnt
Professor:R Farkas
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


I am Robert Farkas and I am looking forwards to this experience with you and others who are taking Administration of Justice 101 Report Writing for Law Enforcement.  I have been teaching Administration of Justice classes at College of the Canyons since 2018.

I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Management and recently completed my Master's Degree in Public Administration.  I retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, as a Lieutenant at Lancaster Sheriff's Station.  I have worked many positions within the Sheriff's Department such as Patrol Deputy, Gang Investigator, Field Training Officer, Off-Road Enforcement Deputy, Sergeant, Use of Force Investigator, Detective Sergeant, and Station Watch Commander (Lieutenant) to name a few.  Prior to my service with the Sheriff's Department I was in the United States Army, working as a Helicopter Gunship Crew Chief and an Infantryman for 7 years.

Throughout my young life I had many people assist me in my career choice.  My goal here is to assist others who are seeking a career in any of the careers categorized within the Law Enforcement community. Any of the positions in Law Enforcement can be incredibly rewarding for you and your family.  I am here for you so do not hesitate to ask my any questions regarding this career.  The only bad questions are the questions that are not asked!

Course Description

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and crisis, the College has balanced the safety of students, faculty, and staff with the goal of continuing instruction.  As such, this course will be 100% Distance Education (DE).  This course is managed through Canvas, the College’s Learning Management System.  In order to take this course, you must have access to a computer, internet services, and a COC email account.  This course will be conducted using both synchronous and asynchronous methods of instruction.  All communications will be done through the Canvas modules, including announcements, emails, discussion boards.  We will also be using the Zoom conference rooms to hold classroom discussions.  If necessary, phone conferences will also be available as an additional form of communication.  This course requires a great deal of discipline, organization, reading, and participation several days a week to be successful.  You will also need to check your COC email account regularly for important class instruction and for updated links to the Zoom chat room.

Analyze the impact of Report Writing and evaluate the negative outcomes to poorly written police reports. Prepares students to complete police reports consistent with department policies. incorporating proper grammar, sentences, and paragraph structure.

What to Expect in this Course

Important on First Day of Class 

To avoid being dropped from the course as a No Show, you must login to the course website on Canvas and complete a discussion board activity by 11:59 p.m. on the first day of class.  If you do not complete this assignment by the deadline, you will be dropped from this course.  Again, the website becomes available for student access at 8:00 a.m. and the assignment will be due no later than 11:59 p.m.  It is not enough to login to the Canvas course, you must also complete the discussion board activity to be counted as present in the course.

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Required Online Skills

Internet Service.  You will need reliable and consistent internet access with an up-to-date browser, such as Firefox or Chrome.  AOL’s browser is often times not compatible with the Canvas platform.  In the case of technical internet problems, you may make use of the computer labs located on campus at COC.

Computer Skills.  A basic skill set in computer literacy will be necessary for this course.  You should be able to navigate the internet and should be able to create and handle basic documents, cut, copy, and paste, and manipulate basic email attachments.


Distance Education classes are as rigorous as regular classes and the time commitment is the same.  Your online classes are designed to require 9 hours of work each week, which is consistent with traditional courses.  Participation will be required, sometimes even more so than traditional classes.  DE formatted classes require a lot of reading.  Canvas allows for class discussion, quizzes, and exams.  Discussion boards will require thoughtful input, reflections, postings, and responses to your fellow classmates.  Quizzes and exams are often rigidly timed and will not allow sufficient time to research your answers.  It is highly recommended that you properly prepare and study the materials before attempting quizzes and exams.  You will also need to pay close attention to due dates and details.  You must complete all assignments in each individual module by the due dates for each assignment.  Late work will not be accepted

Textbook Information

A Street Officer's Guide to Report Writing. By Scalise and Strosahl
ISBN- 13: 978111154250

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 10/26/2021 Sub#: 1111