Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
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The Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement program prepares graduates to enter a career in law enforcement, protective services, and corrections. Students learn to protect lives and property as well as preserve the peace while upholding the law. They study patrol procedures for residential, commercial, and industrial areas; learn to monitor traffic for safe and legal operations; understand how to properly issue warnings, citations, and make arrests. Students also are prepared to investigate accident and crime scenes and carry out long-term investigations leading to prosecution of criminal offenders. Further, they study strategies to maintain the confidence of the public by displaying professional conduct.
The profession of law enforcement, also known as police science, is becoming very people oriented. Law enforcement officers spend a great deal of time communicating and interacting with an increasingly diverse population. Officers are more active in community relations and crime prevention, and they must always be able to react immediately to any level of emergency. Criminal Justice–Law Enforcement prepares graduates for careers as:
- Police officers
- Deputy sheriffs
- Security guards
- Correctional officers
Each of these careers may require special additional requirements and/or training.
Is This Occupation for You?
Students entering this program should:
- Enjoy working with diverse people.
- Communicate well orally and in written form.
- Be perceptive and analytical.
- Be detail-oriented and patient.
- Not mind working different shifts.
- Have excellent character backgrounds.
- Be in good physical condition.
- Remain objective in emergency situations.
- Have excellent driving records.
Helpful Academic Background
- Social Sciences
At the completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
- Recognize the personal demands required of police.
- Demonstrate proper police investigative procedures.
- Demonstrate effective communication with diverse populations.
- Understand legal principles and procedures to ensure justice.
- Apply Wisconsin statutes when analyzing criminal behavior.
- Demonstrate writing skills.
- Practice good personal fitness strategies.
- Practice effective team member attributes.
- Associate degree, requiring a minimum of two years to complete.
- Day classes start in August.
- Financial aid available.
Program Admission Requirements
- High School Diploma or GED/HSED
- Complete required assessment testing.
- Complete the application form.
- Interview with counselor.
- Pay a $30 nonrefundable application fee.
- Submit high school and any post-secondary transcripts.
- Students may re-apply to be admitted to a program for which they initially do not meet the Student Academic Achievement Plan (SAAP) criteria after they follow the additional courses and alternate program sequence prescibed for them.
Please contact Student Services at 800.362.3322, Ext. 2354, or email email@example.com for current fee information.
A Program Fee list is provided (please note the costs are approximate and based on the current academic year).
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