The Associate of Applied Science degrees in Criminal Justice Law Enforcement: Peace Officer Option and Private Security Option provide the initial education and training that a future peace officer or security officer needs to be productive at the entry level in local law enforcement agencies or public/private security and loss prevention organizations or institutions. The curricula combine a strong academic component with skills-based instruction appropriate to the peace or security officer.
The programs will:
- Build a strong base of knowledge in the field of criminal justice and provide academic and practical, skills-based exposure to the overall criminal justice-related fields (law enforcement, courts, corrections, security and loss prevention).
- Prepare students for entry-level employment in public/private law enforcement and/or security related organizations
- Assist students in the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills, and the ability to conceptualize ideas
- Expose students to courses in computation, communications, and human relations, and will assist students in developing an understanding and appreciation for diversity, social responsibility, and participation in public affairs
- Provide students with opportunities for practical experience in the criminal justice system via internships, fieldwork, and skills-based course offerings
- Serve those students seeking a career in the public or private sector as a peace officer or security and loss prevention officer by providing in-depth and practical skills-based exposure to the law enforcement and/or security component of criminal justice