Develop a foundation of essential knowledge about the cultural, social, and natural worlds, including:
- an understanding of the history, organization and functions of the criminal justice system including legal issues, the purpose and function of police, courts, and corrections.
- an understanding of political, cultural and social class forces which impact the police, suspects, victims, and other parties involved in law enforcement.
Develop intellectual and practical skills, including:
- communicating effectively in work situations.
- obtaining and refining the necessary skills in interpersonal communication, mathematics, basic crime statistics, and report writing, as these skills relate to public contact and criminal activity.
- utilizing the intellectual and practical skills necessary to represent a public agency in a professional manner during routine public contacts, high stress situations, and arrests.
Demonstrate personal and social responsibility, including:
- identifying career opportunities in public law enforcement and private security agencies and the attributes that employers are seeking and creating an understanding that employers often require continued higher education, citizenship, and service to others for initial placement and promotion.
- developing a basic understanding of race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identification, and social class as related to criminal justice issues. This basic understanding should lead to tolerance, valuing differences, and leading to the acceptance of others.
Demonstrate integrative and applied learning, including:
- articulating the history and application of Criminal Justice with respect to Law Enforcement, as well as its relationship to the other social sciences.
- understanding concepts used in the Law Enforcement profession and how they will be applied in the field.
- understanding techniques and strategies used in crime investigation, patrol operations, and daily police work.
Upon completion of the program, be prepared to transfer to a baccalaureate program.