Law Enforcement Professional Certificate Program with Externship

Program Duration: 6 Months

Course Contact Hours: 375

Student Tuition: $3,999

Program Description:

Law Enforcement Professionals operate every day inside an ever-evolving world of crime and violence. Facing an array of issues from localized criminal activity to emergency and public health issues that constitute a national or international threat can come up at a moment’s notice, Law Enforcement Professionals are on the front lines of defense for our communities. To this end, all professionals involved in law enforcement from must have an array of applicable skills from combating and  preventing crime in the first place, to solving crimes through strategic interviewing and interrogation of involved individuals and proper, legal criminal procedures necessary for the success of the legal system as well. Recognizing the need for skilled professionals that understand the difficult and highly-nuanced issues authorities face every day, the Law Enforcement Professional program takes students through the ins and outs of day-to-day police activity and introduce students to the complex criminal justice system.

Program Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Define terms related to law enforcement

  • Examine the organization of law enforcement

  • Examine the roles, functions, and styles of policing

  • Describe the impact that history has had on the current law enforcement system

  • Analyze the use of forensic science and criminalistics in the criminal justice system

  • Examine challenges faced by law enforcement

  • Analyze laws and technology as related to policing

  • Analyze issues related to policing in foreign countries

  • Describe the personal qualities that affect the interview process

  • Research, using articles from the Internet

  • Describe how to successfully interview andinterrogate witnesses

  • Differentiate an interview from an interrogation and identify the steps in the interview process

  • Formulate a list of questions that can be used in purposeful interrogation

  • Compare the traditional interview method with the cognitive interview method

  • Identify the constitutional and legal considerations necessary for criminal interrogation

  • Using case studies, analyze the techniques used by officers in obtaining a confession and make suggestions for improvement

  • Describe interview approaches for special populations

  • Use Microsoft Office


National Certification:

Upon successful completion of this Columbia Southern University program, students would be eligible to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program at Columbia Southern University will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so. Columbia Southern University works with each student to complete the exam application and register the student to take their national certification exam.

Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum:

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location. Columbia Southern University works with national organizations and has the ability to place students in externship opportunities nationwide.

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