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Law Enforcement Certificate

Last updated 3/17/2014

Certificate Code 5549

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Don Gano, 309-796-5281, ganod@bhc.edu


The Law Enforcement curricula are provided by the Department of Social, Behavioral, and Educational Studies.

A working knowledge of the criminal justice system is provided by the law enforcement courses in the curriculum, an understanding of human behavior is provided by the psychology and sociology courses, and the government courses provide knowledge of bureaucratic structure.

Students completing the recommended courses are prepared to compete for jobs in the criminal justice field at the local and state level. Those students desiring employment with federal law enforcement agencies usually need to complete a four-year bachelor’s degree. They are also qualified to enter the private security field.

The certificate program is basically designed for persons presently employed in the criminal justice system. Many people now working in that field received no formal training for their job, and this certificate program is designed to provide them with the basic skills necessary to perform their jobs.

Those interested in a four-year bachelor’s degree should enroll in the Law Enforcement Associate in Science degree program in the Transfer Programs section of this catalog.

Courses for this program include: »

COMM 100 Communication Skills
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
For career program students only. COMM 100 and ENG 132 fulfill requirements for an associate’s degree in several career programs. Concentration on developing skills in writing, speaking and reading.

CRJU 104  Police Administration
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
To provide an analysis of accepted administrative methods as applied to police staff functions such as: Personnel Management, Budget Control, Internal Controls, Planning and Research, Records and Communications, Housing and Materials, Federal Assistance and Law Enforcement Planning, and Government Setting for Police Work.

CRJU 109  Police Community Relations
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
A study of the development of police community relations as both a tool for the street officer and on administrative philosophy of management. Included is an in-depth study of community oriented policing.

CRJU 151 Criminal Justice System
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
A comprehensive view of the criminal justice system in America today. IAI: CRJ 901

CRJU 247  Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: CRJU 152

This course attempts to deal with the complexity of the Juvenile Delinquency problem in the United States in a way that will give meaning and direction to the law enforcement practitioner that must deal with the problem every day. IAI: CRJ 914

CRJU 254  Criminal Investigation
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduction to various law enforcement investigation techniques emphasizing crime scene investigation.

CRJU 255  Criminal Law
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: COMM 100 and POLS 122

Study of development of the federal Constitution and the history of the Bill of Rights; includes in-depth study of first eight Amendments to the Constitution.

CRJU 257  Police Ethics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: CRJU 104 and COMM 100

A study of ethics as it relates specifically to Law Enforcement, Police Science and the Criminal Justice process.

ENG 132 Technical Writing I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: COMM 100 and appropriate COMPASS score or COMM 100 and COMM 105 or ENG 101 “C” or better or BE 180 or instructor consent.
ENG 132 includes correspondence, memo reports, formal reports, abstracts, fact sheets, instructions and proposals. Includes use of a word processor.

Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
1COMM 100 — Communication Skills (3)
CRJU 151 — Criminal Justice System (3)
CRJU 104 — Police Administration (3)
CRJU 254 — Criminal Investigation I (3)
CRJU 255 — Criminal Law (3)

Second Semester
1ENG 132 — Technical Writing I (3)
CRJU 109 — Police Community Relations (3)
CRJU 247 — Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency (3)
CRJU 257 — Police Ethics (3)
Law Enforcement Elective (3)

Minimum total hours required for Certificate (30)

1ENG 101 or 102 may be substituted.


Gainful Employment

Gainful employment is one important measure that students and parents should pay attention to as they examine colleges and programs. All non-degree programs must be designed to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation in order to be deemed eligible for federal student aid. These programs are generally less than 2 years in length and result in a certificate.

Law Enforcement Certificate