Purpose Statement:

All students in this program are expected to meet certain essential functions/technical standards which are essential for successful completion of all phases of the program and which reflect industry requirements and standards. To verify the students’ ability to perform these essential functions, students may be required to demonstrate the following technical standards: 

Standard Definition of Standard Example(s) of Technical Standard
1. Critical Thinking Skills Ability to collect, interpret, and integrate information and make decisions within a range of function Read and comprehend relevant information in textbooks, statutory/case law, legal/non-legal documents

Exercise independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain when probable cause exists to search and arrest and when force may be used and to what degree

Detach from individual prejudices and assumptions to make informed decisions in high and low stress situations

2. Mobility/Motor Skills Adequate ability to perform physical requirements Operate a law enforcement vehicle during at all times of the days in all types of conditions in emergency and non-emergency situations

Physical capability to run, walk/stand for long periods of time, climb, manipulate heavy objects, crawl, and use body strength to gain entry through barriers

Proficiency with firearms at levels of prescribed in certification standards

3. Tactile Skills Sense of touch sufficient to identify evidence Perform searches of people, vehicles, buildings, and large outdoor areas which involving feeling and detecting objects
4. Auditory Skills Sufficient hearing to communicate with others Ability to actively listen and interpret spoken language in a variety of settings
Conduct audio surveillance for extended periods of time
5. Visual Skills Sufficient eyesight to read documents and records Conduct visual surveillance for extended periods of time
6. Communication Skills Adequate comprehension and understanding of the English language in spoken, written, and nonverbal formats Effectively communicate with people of all ages by giving information/directions and advising of rights/processes

Prepare investigative and other reports using appropriate grammar, symbols, and mathematical computations

Prepare and process such documents as citations, affidavits, and warrants

Communicate effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels

Recognize, interpret, and respond to nonverbal behavior of self and others

Resolve conflict in a calm, non-defensive, and respectful manner

Demonstrate communication skills in court and other formal settings

7. Interpersonal Skills Ability to work collaboratively with others Interact appropriately with individuals from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds

Ability to listen to others and determine their wants and needs

Ability to employ basic conflict management skills

Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with hostile views and opinions of other people in an antagonistic environment

8. Behavioral Skills Exhibit professional behaviors in the work environment Be accountable for schedules and work performance

Demonstrate initiative, flexibility, enthusiasm, honesty, cooperative behavior

Perform duties efficiently, willingly, and thoroughly

Present professional appearance and maintain personal hygiene

In the case of a qualified individual with a documented disability, appropriate and reasonable accommodations will be made unless to do so would fundamentally alter the essential training elements, cause undue hardship, or produce a direct threat to the safety of the patient or student.

Accessibility Services Statement

The College has a legal obligation to provide appropriate accommodations for students with documented disabilities. If you have a disability and are seeking accommodations, you should contact the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) office (Sink Building; (828) 694-1813; access@blueridge.edu). Students can contact SAS at any time, however they are encouraged to initiate this process as soon as possible (prior to the start of classes and/or field experience).