Law Enforcement

Are you interested in a career that is loaded with exciting challenges? Are you interested in promoting public safety and ensuring that the rule of law is more than a mere textbook concept? As a law enforcement professional, you will not only be exposed to crime, but you will be asked to apply the latest technology to solving street-variety crime, as well as sophisticated economic crime. To ensure advancement in rank, law enforcement officers must hone their skills with a combination of in-service training and professional schooling. Come check out DCC's specialization certificate - 45 credits - as well as the Associate in Applied Science in Administration of Justice - 68 credits. Education as well as specialized training spells advancement in today's ever-challenging local, state and federal law enforcement career field.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the ADJ Certificate will demonstrate:

  1. an in-depth knowledge of various sources of crime data (e.g. FBI-based Uniform Crime Reporting system) and analytical skills necessary to evaluate “strengths” and “weaknesses” of crime data reporting
  2. assessment skills applied to community-police programs and evaluative measures to be applied to the merits of police-sponsored community crime prevention efforts
  3. knowledge of each component of the criminal justice system—police, judiciary, corrections and protective services (private security)—and articulation of various sub-components of the criminal justice system ranging from prosecutor, defense attorney and probation-parole duties to functions performed by public safety offices such as the public defender and sheriff
  4. knowledge of the role diversity plays in decision-making at all levels of America’s criminal justice system
  5. a knowledge of the global nature of crime to include the impact of crime and the prosecution of criminal offenders who utilize not only the United States, but also international destinations from Europe to Asia to further a terrorist goal, commit cybercrime, or reap huge profits associated with criminal enterprises
  6. a knowledge of stress reduction techniques including a meaningful and consistent physical fitness conditioning program
  7. knowledge of the importance of volunteering one's talents for the overall improvement of one's community
  8. a knowledge of the need for uncompromising ethical and moral standards
  9. exemplary written and oral communication skills
  10. excellent information literacy skills

Curriculum Map

Administration of Justice graduates with the certificate in law enforcement will demonstrate: Required Course 1 Required Course 2 Required Course 3 Required Course 4 Required Course 5 Required Course 6
Outcome 1
An in-depth knowledge of various sources of crime data (e.g. FBI-based Uniform Crime Reporting system) and analytical skills necessary to evaluate “strengths” and “weaknesses” of crime data reporting.
ADJ 100 ADJ 130 SOC 235 SOC 236    
Outcome 2
Assessment skills applied to community-police programs and evaluative measures to be applied to the merits of police-sponsored community crime prevention efforts.
ADJ 100          
Outcome 3
Knowledge of each component of the criminal justice system—police, judiciary, corrections and protective services (private security)—and articulation of various sub-components of the criminal justice system ranging from prosecutor, defense attorney and probation-parole duties to functions performed by public safety offices such as the public defender and sheriff.
ADJ 100 ADJ 130 SOC 235      
Outcome 4
Knowledge of the role diversity plays in decision-making at all levels of America’s criminal justice system.
ADJ 100 SOC 200        
Outcome 5
A knowledge of the global nature of crime to include the impact of crime and the prosecution of criminal offenders who utilize not only the United States, but also international destinations from Europe to Asia to further a terrorist goal, commit cybercrime, or reap huge profits associated with criminal enterprises.
ADJ 100 ADJ 171 ADJ 236      
Outcome 6
A knowledge of stress reduction techniques including a meaningful and consistent physical fitness conditioning program.
ADJ 100 HLT 116 PSY 200      
Outcome 7
Knowledge of the importance of volunteering one's talents for the overall improvement of one's community.
ADJ 100 SOC 200        
Outcome 8
A knowledge of the need for uncompromising ethical and moral standards.
ADJ 100 ADJ 130 ADJ 227 PSY 200 ADJ 236 ADJ 171
Outcome 9
Exemplary written and oral communication skills.
ADJ 100 ADJ 130 ADJ 227 ENG 111 ENG 112  
Outcome 10
Excellent information literacy skills.
ADJ 100 ADJ 130 ADJ 227 ITE 115 SDV 100 NAS 105

Course Sequence

First Semester

   

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

ADJ 100

Survey of Criminal Justice

3

SOC 200

Principles of Sociology

3

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

Second Semester

 

 

ADJ 130

Introduction to Criminal Law

3

SOC 235

Juvenile Delinquency

3

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

SOC 215
     OR
SOC 268

Sociology of the Family
              Or
Social Problems

3

Third Semester

 

 

ADJ 236

Principles of Criminal Investigation

3

PSY 200

Principles of Psychology

3

ITE 115

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

Fourth Semester

 

 

ADJ 227

Constitutional Law

3

ADJ 171

Forensic Science I

4

SOC 236

Criminology

3

HLT 116

Personal Wellness

3

Total Minimum Credits   

44

For more information consult the College Catalog.

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