Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Public Safety Employer/Employee Relations

 Title Abbreviation:   PUB SAFETY EMPLOY RELATI

 Department:    CJ

 Course #:    125

 Credits:    2

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    2

 CIP:    430103

 EPC:    832

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Introduction to dynamics of employer/employee relations in the public safety workplace. Examines professional standards of employee behavior, working conditions, job descriptions, conditions of employment, essential functions, and minimum industry standards. Explores relationships between employees, unions/guilds/benevolent orders, and administrative/supervisory personnel. Discusses collective bargaining agreements, compensation packages, disciplinary processes, and employee advisory services. Open to Criminal Justice majors.


Prerequisite: None.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 22

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Provide examples of professional standards that are both general and specific to the public safety workplace.
  2. Be knowledgeable regarding working conditions found in public safety workplaces, and how they may differ from those found in the private sector.
  3. Understand the terms and conditions of employment, essential functions of a position, and knowledge/skills/abilities (KSA�s).
  4. Show how institutional living in public safety employment affects the employer-employee relationship.
  5. Define, and give examples of, minimum industry standards for the student�s career path.
  6. Compare and contrast open and closed shops, unions, guilds, and benevolent orders/associations and their role in public safety employment.
  7. Recite the steps in a progressive disciplinary action process, including informal and formal settings.
  8. Identify key components in a public safety agency�s compensation package for its employees.
  9. Understand appropriate responses in dealing with workplace issues such as harassment, discriminatory behavior, shift work, disagreement between employees, and breaches of ethics and professional conduct.
  10. Be cognizant of leadership and management styles in the public safety workplace.
  11. Know the roles of the various titles in the public safety organizational structure/chain of command.
  12. Identify the role that shop stewards or employee liaisons/ombudsmen play in public safety employment.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Professional standards.
  2. Working conditions and public safety.
  3. Terms and conditions of employment.
  4. Minimum industry standards for career path.
  5. Open and closed shops, unions, guilds, and benevolent orders/associations.
  6. Progressive disciplinary action process.
  7. Compensation package.
  8. Appropriate responses in dealing with workplace issues.
  9. Leadership and management styles.
  10. Organizational structure/chain of command.
  11. Shop stewards or employee liaisons/ombudsmen.
  12. Classes will be composed of modules that are approved by, or in keeping with, the practices of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Additionally, these modules and classroom presentations will be reflective of local agency policies in the public safety industry.