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Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement AAS

Total Credit Hours: 62.5

This degree is designed to prepare students for careers in law enforcement. The program follows standards prescribed by the New York State Municipal Police Training Council. Graduates are eligible to receive more advanced police training, which can lead to New York State Certification. The program provides the associate’s level credentials required by many law enforcement agencies for hiring and promotion.
Goals & Outcomes
Goal 1. Prepare students to meet the SUNY General Education requirements
  • 1a) Graduates will have completed at least 6 out of 10 SUNY silos of General Education.
Goal 2. Prepare students to enter the field of Law Enforcement
  • 2a) Graduates of the program will enter into a career in Law Enforcement or related fields.
  • 2b) Graduates will indicate satisfaction with preparation.
Goal 3. Prepare students to speak and write effectively
  • 3a) Students will demonstrate their ability to research, write, and document clear reports.
  • 3b) Students will demonstrate their ability to devise and confidently deliver clear oral reports.
Goal 4. Prepare students to interact in a diverse population
  • 4a) Student will demonstrate their understanding and respect for diverse points of view.
  • 4b) Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the diverse cultures and communities that comprise US society.
Goal 5. Prepare students to analyze quantitative information, and think critically
  • 5a) Students will be able to read, interpret, and use social science data skillfully.
Goal 6. To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy
  • 6a) Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
  • 6b) Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.
First Semester
CF100 College Foundations 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 ...
CJ101 Intr Criminal Justice
This course introduces the basic elements of the American criminal justice system, from its legal roots and history to its most current concerns. It analyzes the criminal justice process - from arrest to trial and disposition - emphasizing the function and structure of each component. It provides an understanding of how each component responds to crime and how the key question of individual rights and public safety is addressed. Attention is given to the elements of crime, the role of the police, courts, and corrections, and to the challenges facing this system in an increasingly diverse democratic society. See when this course is offered ...
EN101 English 1: Composition
EN101 English 1: Composition C-3 Cr-3 This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading), and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. Student Learning Outcomes: 1) Demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas in a clear and concise manner through informative, argumentative, formal and informal writing at a level suitable for successful college students. 2) Develop a practical and fundamental understanding of the relationship and interaction between the writer and the reader while exploring human knowledge, values, ethics, language, and social institutions. 3) Broaden the student’s intellectual autonomy and their ability to use language for the purposes of reading, writing, learning, communicating, and critical thinking. 4) Gain a practical understanding of primary and secondary sources and how to properly utilize and cite these sources. 5) Discuss the history and methodology of rhetoric and composition. 6) Exhibit clear concise writing skills in both professional and academic writing. 7) Achieve a level of writing fluency satisfactory for success in college courses. 8) Display a clear understanding of proper documentation procedures to avoid plagiarism. See when this course is offered ...
MA110 Elementary Statistics
This course introduces probability and statistics. Topics include graphs, tables, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, normal distribution, correlation and regression, probability, and inferential statistics. This course is available in two formats: lecture only, or lecture plus laboratory using technology. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA090 Essential Math Skills or MA 091 Introductory Algebra, or MA096 Mathematical Literacy. See when this course is offered ...
SO101 Intro Sociology
This course gives an understanding of and a feeling for the society in which we live. The concepts and theories discussed relate to humanity, its culture and society, and to those forces that contribute to the smooth operation of this society as well as those forces that contribute to conflict and social problems. Topics include culture, socialization, stratification, population, and patterns of social organization. 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 ...
Second Semester
CJ204 Criminology
This course focuses on the social construction of deviance and crime. It addresses major theoretical perspectives that explain crime in America. It investigates societal responses to crime and current issues facing the criminal justice system. It emphasizes public policy implications of the theoretical perspectives. Prerequisite: SO101 Introduction to Sociology. See when this course is offered ...
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
PY101 Intro General Psychology
This course introduces the many and varied facets of psychology. Emphasis is on interactions of individuals in their cultural, social, and economic environments as determined by their cognitive, behavioral, and emotional experiences and training. See when this course is offered ...
SS218 Methods of Research
This course focuses on understanding and applying scientific methodology to an area of inquiry within the social sciences. It covers quantitative and qualitative methods of research including survey research, interviewing, archival analysis, experimentation, and participant observation. Using data-gathering techniques, a number of mini-research projects are conducted. The application of statistical techniques to data analysis is stressed. Computer software applications are used to analyze data from a variety of sources. Research teams are formed to design and implement final research projects. Prerequisites: SO101 Introduction to Sociology and either CJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice or PS102 Introduction to Public Policy. See when this course is offered ...
Core GE Natural Science 4 Cr
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Third Semester
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 introduces basic self-defense moves, escapes from grabs, using restraining holds, kicking techniques and punching. Escaping and restraining will be done with partners. Punching and kicking will be done against targets and pads held by partners. This is not formal Martial Arts training; this is an introduction only. Emphasis is placed on preventative measures for personal protection. See when this course is offered ...
Fourth 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 ...
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