Criminal Justice / Criminal Investigations

    Instructor: David Claridge

    Email: david.claridge@husd.org

    Phone: 480-279-7302

    Office hours: 7:00-7:25 am / 2:20 –3:00 pm

    Office Hours: M, Thru, F 7:00-7:25

    About me:   I am a native to Arizona.  I graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Agricultural education.  I taught for Mesa Schools for four years.  I left teaching and became a Police Officer.  I worked as an Officer and Detective for the City of Tempe for 20 years.  During my career I worked as a Patrol Officer, Criminal Investigations Detective, School Resource Officer, and Mounted Police Officer. I look forward to working with your student.  It is my belief that this course can prepare your student for a career in law enforcement but will prepare them for real life and good citizenship in their community.

    Welcome to our Criminal Justice program here at Higley High School.  This class allows for a unique opportunity for the student to be introduced into the world of criminal justice.   There are two courses offered.  The first is Criminal Justice one and introduces basic concepts of policing, criminal law, and skills an Officer must possess.   The second is Criminal Investigations and this class builds upon the skills learned in Criminal Justice one with an emphasis on investigation. These courses are scenario based.    Students will have an opportunity to compete at a state level through “Skills USA”.

    TOPICS COVERED (Not limited to)

    ♦   Criminal Law

    ♦   Traffic Law

    ♦   Investigation Techniques

    ♦   Arrest tactics

    ♦   Booking procedures

    ♦   Hand cuffing techniques

    ♦   Building / room entry

    ♦   History of Policing

    ♦   Search and Seizure

    ♦   Court procedures

    ♦   Community based policing

    ♦   First Aid procedures

    ♦   Police qualifications

    ♦   Proficiency skills

    ♦   Corrections

    ♦   Effective communication skills

    ♦   Forensic Science

    Make-Up Work:  When a student is ill or misses class because of a school-sponsored activity, arrangements need to be made for keeping up with class work.  If the absence(s) are excused, the student has the same number of days to make up the work per our governing board policy.

    Grading Weights Work completed for each course comprises 80% of the student’s overall semester grade.  Each content and/or grade level of a subject should establish appropriate grading weights and categories.  Grades should always be represented as a numerical value and never solely as a letter grade.  A minimum of 60% of a student’s total grade is measured by the mastery of course standards through formative and summative assessments.  Up to 20% of a student’s final grade may be comprised of homework and daily classwork.  The final course examination is 20% of a student’s final grade.


    1. Conference with student (possible parent communication) 2. Parent Communication 3. Parent Conference, After School Detention 4. Referral to Administration

    Tardy Policy

    1st Tardy  Student Conference / 2nd Tardy Student Conference + Parent Phone Call + Warning Tardy / 3 is ASD 3rd Tardy After School Detention / 4th Tardy Office Referral (Include dates of tardiness, dates of parent contact, date ASD served) 5th Tardy Office Referral (Include date of recent tardy)