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Certificate: Protective Services Technology in Law Enforcement
Two-semester (one-year) program

The program is designed for practitioners in law enforcement and associated fields who desire to take courses within their occupational specialty. Graduates will be qualified for employment in law enforcement upon completion of the program.

Occupational Objectives: 

Commercial and Industrial Security Officer
Police Officer
Advancement within the Profession

Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Law Enforcement program requires a personal interview with a member of the faculty of the Administration of Justice major and competency in English and Math Essentials MTE 1-2 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent.

Curriculum Requirements: The Certificate in Law Enforcement includes basic courses in humanities and social sciences as well as specialized courses in Administration of Justice. The program of studies is designed to assist the student in meeting both the skill requirements of the job and obligations as a citizen in our democratic society.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be awarded a Certificate in Protective Services Technology with a major in Law Enforcement.

The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in one year.

First Year
First Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3 0 3
ADJ 105 The Juvenile Justice System 3 0 3
ADJ 211 Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures I 3 0 3
ADJ 227 Constitutional Law for Justice Personnel 3 0 3
ENG 1371

Students may take ENG 111.

Communication Processes I 3 0 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 16 0 16
Second Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ADJ 107 Survey of Criminology 3 0 3
ADJ 111 Law Enforcement Organization & Administration I 3 0 3
ADJ 212 Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures II 3 0 3
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3 0 3

Social Science General Electives:  PSY 200 , PSY 215 , PSY 216 , SOC 200 , SOC 250.

Soc./Behavioral ScienceSS 333 0 333
ElectiveEE2 Soc./Behavioral ScienceSS 333 0 333
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 678 0 678


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