CATALOG: Law Enforcement Certificate

Length: 4 Semesters

The certificate in law enforcement is designed for practitioners in law enforcement and associated fields who wish to concentrate on courses which relate directly to their career needs. However, students who fail to demonstrate an ability to meet academic standards may be advised to enroll in appropriate classes which are designed to provide the background necessary for academic proficiency.

Occupational Objectives
Police Officer; Private Investigator; Deputy Sheriff; Private Security Officer; Corrections Officer

Admission Requirements
In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into this program requires proficiency in English, mathematics, and reading. Students who do not meet entry requirements, or whose placement test scores indicate a need for further preparation, will be placed in the appropriate developmental studies courses in English, mathematics, and/or reading. These developmental course credits do not apply toward degrees or certificates. Students required to take two or more developmental courses will need additional semesters to complete any program.

Program Requirements
The law enforcement certificate program is designed to improve the job-related skills of persons engaged in law enforcement. Students will be advised as to which courses are most applicable to their field of interest and will, upon completion of the curriculum, be awarded a Certificate in Law Enforcement.

Program Notes
All courses must be approved by the Law Enforcement Program advisor. Graduates of the Virginia State Police Basic Training Academy and the Law Enforcement Officers Training Standards Course may receive advanced standing credit for some program requirements. Additional credits may be received for relevant and qualified in-service criminal justice seminars and courses. Students must be enrolled in the program in order to have previous law enforcement training evaluated.


First Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3 0 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
ITE 100 Introduction to Information Systems 3 0 3
  Semester Total 10 0 10


Second Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
ADJ 201 Criminology; or ADJ 140 Introduction to Corrections 3 0 3
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 0 3
  Approved Social Science Elective 1 3 0 3
  Elective 2 3 0 3
  Semester Total 12 0 12


Third Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
ADJ 105 Juvenile Justice System 3 0 3
  Approved Social Science Elective 1 3 0 3
HLT/PED Health or Physical Education 0 2 1


Fourth Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
ADJ 227 Constitutional Law for Justice Personnel 3 0 3
  Elective 1 3 0 3
  Semester Total 6 0 6

Total Minimum Credits: 35

1 Typical courses include ECO, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY, SOC

2 In selecting courses, students should seek the advice of a counselor or academic advisor in order to assure that courses taken are consistent with transfer or career goals

Last modified on 06-10-2020