English for Law Enforcement



This course is designed to meet the English language needs of law enforcement personnel, from customs officers to gendarmes and police.

It covers the full range of essential law enforcement situations including: vehicle identification, stop and search, crowd control and issuing statements.

The course consists of 12 units focusing on career-specific vocabulary and featuring authentic texts, listenings and exercises that reflect key fields of law enforcement.

Course units:

  1. The world of law enforcement – uniform and equipment, countries and nationalities, law enforcement around the world, talking about roles and responsibilities.
  2. Traffic and vehicles – car parts, describing vehicles, driving offences and documents. Explaining traffic offences and checking documents.
  3. Out in the Community – describing a community, types of anti-social behaviour, dispersing onlookers, explaining consequences, giving a warning.
  4. Emergency call – calming and reassuring, dealing with injured people, describing an incident, describing a road traffic accident, asking questions about an incident.
  5. Crimes against property – filling a theft report form, giving professional advice, describing a theft, describing a crime campaign.
  6. Drugs & Alcohol – describing drug-related offences, giving instructions to a driver, customs control, dealing with persons under the influence.
  7. Civil Disorder – dealing with crowds, policing a football match, restraining a violent person, policing a large event, making an arrest, giving orders.
  8. At the Station – police station layout, roles and responsibilities of police-station personnel, ID procedures, interviewing a suspect, booking into custody, interview techniques.
  9. Crime Scene Investigation – process for crime scene investigation, physical descriptions, describing DNA testing techniques.
  10. Criminal Justice Systems – legal systems, explaining the criminal justice system, court procedures, cross examination, sentencing.
  11. Organised crime – describing criminal activities associated with organised crime, dealing with victims of human trafficking, setting up a surveillance operation.
  12. International Cooperation – discussing trans-national crime, cultural property and wildlife crime, requesting information and assistance, e-mail language, liaising with overseas counterparts.

*This course is based on the Macmillan Campaign Suite: English for Law Enforcement.