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CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDIES


CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDENT INTERNSHIPS


INTERNSHIP MANUAL

 

All Criminal Justice Majors* are required to register and successfully complete CCJ 2940 – Criminal Justice Internship prior to graduation. This course is limited to Criminal Justice Majors.

Students should take the Internship course only after completing most of their criminal justice required courses. Permission of the Instructor is required prior to registering for this course.

* Students seeking the A.A.S. Criminal Justice Technology (Officer Administration) with Articulated Academy Credits are not required to take CCJ 2910 or CCJ 2940.

INTERNSHIP COURSE PROCEDURES

Internship courses involve students being assigned by Hillsborough Community College to affiliate sites and having contact with the persons under the auspices of that agency to receive on site training.

1. Students interested in registering for the Internship Course must first read this HCC Criminal Justice Technology Undergraduate Program Internship Manual.

2. Students interested in registering forAll Criminal Justice Majors* are required to register and successfully complete CCJ 2940 – Criminal Justice Internship prior to graduation. This course is limited to Criminal Justice Majors, which are those students seeking an A.S. or A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Technology.

Students should take the Internship course only after completing most of their criminal justice required courses. Permission of the Instructor is required prior to registering for this course.

* Students seeking the A.A.S. Criminal Justice Technology (Officer Administration) with Articulated Academy Credits are not required to take CCJ 2910 or CCJ 2940.

INTERNSHIP COURSE PROCEDURES

Internship courses involve students being assigned by Hillsborough Community College to affiliate sites and having contact with the persons under the auspices of that agency to receive on site training.

1. Students interested in registering for the Internship Course must first read this HCC Criminal Justice Technology Undergraduate Program Internship Manual.

2. Students interested in the Internship Course must obtain an Application for Internship Form, complete the form and turn it in to the HCC Internship Instructor for approval.

3. Once approved, the student should register for CCJ 2940 Criminal Justice Internship.

4. Once registered, the student must complete the Sign-Off Form For Internship Manual acknowledging that they have read the manual and will comply with its terms.

5. Once registered, the student should contact the HCC Internship Instructor so as to select an appropriate Affiliate Site for the internship. It is imperative that this step occur as soon as possible so as to allow sufficient time prior to the beginning of semester to make the arrangements for the internship.

6. The HCC Internship Instructor will then contact the Affiliate Site to obtain approval for an interview for the student. Student seeking Internships must be approved by the Affiliate Site and this is often a similar process to a job application.

7. The HCC Internship Instructor will give the student the information necessary to contact the site to schedule the interview and the interview must be completed within a specific time frame. The Internship Instructor will advise the student who to contact to schedule the interview and will give the student a Letter of Referral to the Affiliate Site. Additional instructions may be given depending on the Affiliate Site policies.

8. The Affiliate Site will conduct an interview of the student and shall complete an
Interview Verification Form which shall be provided to the Interviewer by the Student. The student shall be responsible to return this Form to the HCC Internship Instructor immediately following the interview.

9. The Affiliate Site will provide any information about expected dress codes, general facility rules and if possible, conduct a brief tour of the site where the student will be assigned during the internship. Any pre-internship site requirements, background checks, physical tests, or paperwork, must be discussed, coordinated and completed prior to the first day of classes.

10. Prior to the start of the internship, the student must sign an Internship Release and Hold Harmless Form and return it directly to the HCC Internship instructor prior to the start of any internship activities.

INTERNSHIP COURSE AFFILIATE PROCEDURES

A designated On Site Supervisor will be assigned to the student by the affiliate agency. This person is integral to the learning experiences that the student will have in the internship. The On Site Supervisor must meet with the student individually for at least 15 minutes each day the student is scheduled to be at the agency. The purpose of this contact will be to develop a daily schedule, and to allow the student to ask questions, get clarification and help build the learning relationship necessary. By guiding the student, especially in the early internship experience, the On Site Supervisor serves as a mentor, role model, and guide for the student. When that On Site Supervisor is absent, the affiliate site will designate a substitute Supervisor to monitor the student and be available as a resource. In such cases, the HCC Internship instructor should be informed.

1. The student should provide an Internship Orientation Checklist Form to the On Site Supervisor. The Form must be completed by the on-site supervisor and returned by the student to the HCC Internship instructor. The checklist is done during the early part of the internship and should be turned into the HCC Internship instructor immediately after it has been signed.

2. The On Site Supervisor will attempt to include the student (as an observer or participant) in as many activities as possible. Also, the On Site Supervisor should guide the student in selecting appropriate activities.

3. The On Site Supervisor will complete two competency based evaluations during the semester for each intern utilizing the Internship Evaluation Form that will be provided by the intern and should be returned to the HCC Internship instructor by the Supervisor. One evaluation should occur at the midpoint of the semester, and the other at the end of the internship. The evaluations should be accomplished both by direct feedback and discussion. As many specific examples of how the student is doing well and how the student can improve make this evaluation more than just arriving at a score.

4. The On Site Supervisor will provide direct feedback on an ongoing basis to let the student know how he/she is doing in his/her adaptation to the site, and will acknowledge the student’s progress as well as providing feedback in areas where improvement can occur. The On Site Supervisor should ask to see all written work the student has completed for assignments, including the student’s log of activities.

5. The student shall keep accurate records of all their internship related activities. The student shall complete an Internship Daily Activities Form for each day they are involved in internship related activities and a Student Schedule For Internship Form which is a weekly schedule for each week of their internship. These shall be turned into the HCC Internship Instructor at the end of each week.

6. The student will complete an Onsite Supervisor Evaluation Form which the student shall provide to the HCC instructor prior to the end of the semester.


INTERNSHIP POLICIES

Internship courses involve students being assigned by Hillsborough Community College at affiliate sites and having contact with the persons under the auspices of that agency. In these on site training settings, it is imperative that the student has full recognition and acceptance of affiliate site’s legal, ethical and formal codes of responsibility. Those codes and the general codes regarding appropriate student behavior with the clients are necessary for the student to know and practice at all times. Affiliate sites have clientele with situational, psychological, emotional, developmental, physical or legal concerns under the care of that agency.

Students should also be aware that even after clients are discharged or released from the care of the affiliate site, the student is not free to violate legal, ethical or formal codes regarding these individuals. It is necessary that students see themselves as under the direction of their HCC instructor and, when on site, also under the direction of the affiliate supervisor and that students remain aware that there are accepted codes for appropriate professional behavior that cross all sites and all recipients of services in those affiliate sites.

The remainder of this section will delineate many accepted ethical and professional practices. Each student is responsible for understanding and complying with the course requirements.

The last page of this section is a signoff sheet requesting that each student acknowledge receiving this manual with their signature, the current date, and their social security number. The completed sheet will remain in the student’s file. Failure to receive the signoff sheet from a potential internship student, will result in the College’s inability to assure the student a placement in an affiliate site.

ATTENDANCE

There are NO excused absences in the internship. Should you become ill and miss a day of internship, it must be made up before the end of the semester. If you become ill and cannot attend internship, by 8 a.m. of that day, you must, by telephone contact your agency supervisors and inform them that you will be absent. When you are absent, you must obtain permission from your on site supervisor completing the required paperwork.

At the beginning of the internship, you will be required to develop a schedule of the days and times that you will be at the internship site. You cannot be on the affiliate site at any other time, unless you are making up internship time that has been pre-approved. Should you wish to volunteer at the site or should you become employed at the site, all of those times must occur independently of the internship. Please note that the time you volunteer or work as a paid employee at the affiliate site is not part of the affiliate agreement between the College and the affiliate site.

Lateness and leaving early are not appropriate professional behaviors and will result in having to make up the time. These issues will be discussed directly, as well as in the evaluation process and if they continue to occur, finally through grade reduction. In some affiliate sites chronic lateness will result in the site requesting the College to remove the student from the internship, and the student will receive a failing grade for their inability to complete the course.

DRESS

During your pre-internship interviews, you should ask directly what the dress codes are and you should follow them. If you have any questions about the appropriateness of dress, raise them with your supervisors before wearing the items that you question.

Generally, it is a good idea to wear a minimum of jewelry, specifically long earrings that could by pulled from pierced ears. Make a point to use professional Judgment in knowing the difference between social clothing and professional dress. Scarves or any items that could be used to restrict your movement are best not worn in most environments. Shoes should be flats or very low heeled in restrictive environments. You will not be required nor expected to be involved in any physical takedowns, aggression management, or procedures that require you to manage out-of-control individuals. However, you should be in the habit of dressing defensively and with professional sense as you progress through the internship.

Many affiliate sites dealing the children and adolescents ask that you dress quite informally, other sites may request that you dress more formally. Be prepared to comply with dress codes that may differ. Both male and female students should be aware of not wearing clothing, makeup, or any items that could be viewed as provocative or that draw attention to the student in a way that distracts the focus of the business of the affiliate site.


ETHICAL AND PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

RESPONSIBILITIES OF A CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSIONAL

Criminal justice professionals often act as official representatives of government, or an entity contracted by the government. These professionals are required and trusted to work within the law. The fundamental duties of criminal justice professionals include serving the community; safeguarding lives and property; protecting the innocent; keeping the peace; and ensuring the rights of all to liberty, equality and justice.

DUTIES OF A CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSIONAL

Criminal justice professionals shall perform all duties impartially, without favor or affection or ill will and without regard to status, sex, race, religion, political belief or aspiration. All citizens will be treated equally with courtesy, consideration and dignity.

Criminal justice professionals will never allow personal feelings, animosities or friendships to influence official conduct, and, while adhering to the law, will carry out their responsibilities and strive to obtain maximum cooperation from the public. They will conduct themselves in appearance and deportment in such a manner as to inspire confidence and respect for the position of trust they hold.

DISCRETION

Criminal justice professionals will use responsibly the discretion vested in their position and exercise it within the law. The principle of reasonableness will guide the professional’s determinations and will consider all surrounding circumstances in determining what action should be taken.

Consistent and wise use of discretion, based on professional competence, will do much to preserve good relationships and retain the confidence of the public.

USE OF FORCE

Criminal justice professionals will never employ unnecessary force or violence and will use only such force in the discharge of duty, as authorized by position, and only as is reasonable in all circumstances.

Force should be used only with the greatest restraint and only after discussion, negotiation and persuasion have been found to be inappropriate or ineffective. While the use of force is occasionally unavoidable, the professional will refrain from applying the unnecessary infliction of pain or suffering and will never engage in cruel, degrading or inhumane treatment of any person.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Whatever a criminal justice professional sees, hears or learns of, which is of a confidential nature, will be kept secret unless the performance of duty or legal provision requires otherwise. Members of the public have a right to security and privacy, and information obtained about them must not improperly divulged.

INTEGRITY

Criminal justice professionals will not engage in acts of corruption or bribery. The public demands that the criminal justice professional be above reproach. Therefore, they must avoid any conduct that might compromise integrity and thus undercut the public confidence in the agencies of justice. Professionals will refuse to accept any gifts, presents, subscriptions, favors, gratuities or promises that could be interpreted as seeking to cause the professional to act in a manner that gives favor to the giver. Criminal justice professionals must not receive private or special advantage from their status. Respect from the public must be earned and cultivated, not bought.

COOPERATION WITH COLLEAGUES AND OTHER AGENCIES

Criminal justice professionals will cooperate fully with all authorized agencies in the pursuit of justice. It is also imperative that professionals assist colleagues fully and completely with respect and consideration at all times.

 

PERSONAL PROFESSIONAL CAPABILITIES

Criminal justice professionals are responsible for their own standard of professional performance and will take every reasonable opportunity to enhance and improve their level of knowledge and competence.

Through these pursuits, the criminal justice professional can acquire a high level of knowledge and competence that is essential for the efficient and effective performance of duty. Personal and professional development should be pursued constantly.

PRIVATE LIFE

Criminal justice professionals will behave in a manner that does not bring discredit to their agencies or themselves. The professional’s character and conduct while off duty must always be exemplary, thus maintaining a position of respect in the community, in which he or she lives and serves. The criminal justice professional’s personal behavior must be beyond reproach.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSIONAL'S RESPONSIBILITIES TO CLIENTS

1. The integrity and welfare of the client by the criminal justice professional must be respected at all times; each person should be treated with humane regard.

2. The client has a right to confidentiality except when such confidentiality would cause harm to the person or others, when agency guidelines state otherwise, or under other stated conditions (e.g. local, state, or federal laws). From the beginning, clients should be informed of limitations on confidentiality.

3. If it is suspected that danger or harm may occur, the criminal justice professional has the responsibility to act in such manner as to prevent the harm. This may require seeking consultation with a supervisor; thus breaking the confidentiality.

4. Criminal justice professionals should avoid any dual relationship that might negatively impact the situation with the client. Sexual relationships with clients are unethical and prohibited.

5. The criminal justice professional has the responsibility to protect the integrity, safety, and security of clients’ records. With the exception of supervisory issues, any client information must not be shared with anyone without the client’s written consent.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSIONAL'S ROLE IN THE COMMUNITY AND IN SOCIETY

1. Criminal justice professionals should adhere to all local, state and federal
laws.

2. Criminal justice professionals should be aware of multiculturalism in society and be responsive to the uniqueness of each person in regard to cultural heritage and/or personal belief system.

3. Criminal justice professionals should keep informed about current social issues as they affect the criminal justice community.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSIONAL'S RESPONSIBILITY TO THE PUBLIC

1. If it is suspected that danger or harm may occur to others as the result of client behavior, the criminal justice professional must act in an appropriate and professional manner to protect the safety of those individuals. If such actions conflict with confidentiality guidelines, the professional has an obligation to seek out supervision to decide on the best course of action.

2. Criminal justice professionals should not misrepresent their qualifications to the public.

3. Criminal justice professionals should not make exaggerated or fictitious statements about the effectiveness of programs or agency policies and procedures.

4. Criminal justice professionals should advocate for the rights of all members of society

CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSIONAL'S RELATIONSHIP WITH COLLEAGUES

1. The criminal justice professional should be respectful, ethical and professional with colleagues.

2. If the criminal justice professional has a conflict with a colleague, he or she should first seek out that colleague in an attempt to resolve the problem. If the problem is not resolved in this manner, then the professional should seek mediation with a supervisor.

3. Criminal justice professionals have the responsibility to report any unethical behavior of a colleague: initially, talking to the colleague directly, and if no resolutions are forthcoming, then to the appropriate supervisor.

4. All consultations between colleagues should be kept confidential.

RESPONSIBILITY AS A PROFESSIONAL

1. Criminal justice professionals should know the limit and scope of their professional knowledge and seek consultation, supervision and/or referrals when appropriate.

2. As professionals, criminal justice workers should act with integrity, honesty, genuineness, and objectivity.

3. Criminal justice professionals should promote the cooperation among related disciplines (e. g. psychology, counseling, social work, etc.) in order to foster professional growth and interests within the various fields.

4. Criminal justice professionals should promote the continuing development of their professional growth by involving themselves in activities, which will enhance that growth.

RESPONSIBILITY TO SELF

1. Criminal justice professionals should foster self-awareness and personal growth in order to prevent personal issues from interfering with their relationships with clients, colleagues, and the public.

2. In addition to personal growth and self-awareness, criminal justice professionals must become aware and practice behaviors, which promote the reduction of stress.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSIONAL'S RELATIONSHIP TO EMPLOYER AND SUPERVISOR

1. In order to assure job satisfaction and positive performance, employers and supervisors should present criminal justice workers with clear and concise job roles and functions.

2. Criminal justice professionals have a right to be evaluated for their job performance in an objective manner. Such evaluation should be viewed as an ongoing and open progress that encourages feedback and growth.

3. Criminal justice professionals have the right to be supervised by individuals who are knowledgeable and trained in appropriate supervisory techniques.

4. Criminal justice professionals and their supervisors have a responsibility to evaluate the effectiveness of the agency.

5. Although employers and supervisors have the right to all knowledge concerning the criminal justice professional and client interaction, they should attempt to respect the integrity of the confidential nature of that relationship.

 

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