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Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement

The Certificate in Law Enforcement demonstrates a commitment to excellence by creating an innovative program that meets the needs of the diverse population in the Mohawk Valley. This certificate program is designed to prepare students for careers in law enforcement. The 34.5 credit-hour program enables students to complete Phase I of basic police training under the direction of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Although the program does not guarantee employment into a police department, all academic, practical, and physical fitness requirements will be met. This will provide graduates a competitive edge over other applicants as their qualifications will offer savings to hiring departments and agencies.
Goals & Outcomes
Prepare students to meet the SUNY General Education requirement
  • Graduates will have completed at least 6 of the 10 SUNY silos of General Education.
  • Students who participate in the SUNY assessments will meet or exceed the criteria for the 6 indicated silos.
Prepare students to enter the field of Law Enforcement
  • Graduates of the program will enter in to a career in Law Enforcement or related fields.
  • Graduates will indicate satisfaction with preparation.
Prepare students to read, speak, and write effectively.
  • Students will demonstrate their ability to research, write and document clear reports.
  • Students will demonstrate their ability to devise and confidently deliver clear oral reports.
Prepare students to interact with a diverse population.
  • Students will demonstrate their understanding and respect for diverse points of view.
  • Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the diverse cultures and communities that comprise US society.
Prepare students to analyze quantitative information and to think critically.
  • Students will be able to read, interpret, and use social science data effectively.
  • Students will be able to read, interpret, and comprehend research reports, and identify the strengths and weaknesses of these reports.
To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy.
  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.
First Semester
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
LE118 Police Procedures-Basic
This course examines the history and contemporary aspects of law enforcement. It introduces students to fundamental police processes, particularly the role that discretion plays in policing. The bodies of law that are relevant to law enforcement are practically applied and critical thinking skills are developed and assessed through exercises both inside and outside the classroom. The use of force continuum is explained, practiced and evaluated. Students begin to develop the physical skills and defense tactics necessary to transition into a law enforcement career. See when this course is offered ...
LE119 Police Procedures-Intermediate
This course introduces students to the intermediate skills required of police officers. Building on the foundation received through the successful completion of LE118 Police Procedures - Basic, students begin to learn more advanced techniques of police observation and patrol. Application of the scientific method in both accident and criminal investigation is developed. Ancillary New York State law is discussed and practically applied. See when this course is offered ...
LE120 Police Procedures-Advanced
Building on the foundations of the LE118 Police Procedures-Basic and LE 119 Police Procedures-Intermediate, this course immerses the students in the more advanced techniques of American policing. Students employ the laws, techniques, and methodologies required of the modern law enforcement officer. Essential proficiencies are applied through continued hands-on development. Students display competencies in advanced areas including crowd control techniques, responding to incidents of domestic violence, detecting and apprehending intoxicated drivers, and responding to unusual incidents. See when this course is offered ...
PE155 Police Fitness Training
This course covers the physiological capacity for successful completion of the fitness requirement for an entry-level police officer as prescribed by the Municipal Police Training Council of the State of New York. The NYS Police Officer minimum fitness requirements are incorporated. See when this course is offered ...
PE162 Self Defense
This course is geared for those who have little or no knowledge of combative activities. It covers simple karate skills such as punches, kicks, pokes and releases easily used with a simple physical threat. Emphasis is placed on preventative measures for personal protection. See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
LE121 Prncpls of Law for Police Off
In this course, students examine the operations of the criminal justice system with a specific emphasis on the role and responsibilities of police officers. There is a particular focus on the legal basis for law enforcement operations derived from the United States Constitution. In addition, students explore New York State Penal Law, Civil Procedure law, Vehicle and Traffic Law, and Juvenile Procedures. Routine patrol responsibilities are also explained. See when this course is offered ...
LE122 Techniques of Investigation
In this course, students study various topics, actions, and procedures required to investigate a crime. It provides students with proven techniques that assist in obtaining information critical to any investigation. This includes street traffic stops, as well as violation, misdemeanor, and felony investigations. See when this course is offered ...
LE123 Policing in the Community
This course covers community relations issues as well as the skills needed to address them. Topics include cultural diversity and special needs of the community. Emphasis is placed on ethical issues and the limitations of community resources and services, and crime prevention. The course also addresses effective and compassionate approaches to child abuse cases. See when this course is offered ...
PE154 Fitness Center
This course introduces students to a comprehensive fitness program, including strength training, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility enhancement. Students develop the basic knowledge to pursue fitness as a lifetime endeavor. See when this course is offered ...
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