Law Enforcement C.A.

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Law Enforcement C.A.

Department: Criminal Justice

Total Credit Hours: 32-38 credits

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General Education Requirements (12-13 credits)
Mathematics MAT 098 or higher Beginning Algebra 3-4
Communication ENG 101 or English Composition I 3
ENG 102 or English Composition II
ENG 125 or Business Writing
COM 101 Oral Communication
Social Science HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877 3
HIS 102 or U.S. History Since 1877
HIS 115 or U.S. History Since 1945
HIS 270 or History of Missouri 
POL 101 or American Government 
POL 102 State & Local Government
Elective BTC/CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
Core Course Requirements - Choose three of the following (9 credits)
CRJ 140 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 170 Criminal Law 3
CRJ 171 Criminal Evidence 3
CRJ 175 Criminology 3
CRJ 201 Criminal Justice: Politics & Policy 3
CRJ 206 Introduction to Juvenile Justice 3
Law Enforcement Electives (9 credits) - Choose 3 courses from the following
CRJ 103 Addictive Disease Concepts 3
CRJ 104 Treatment: Alcohol & Drugs 3
CRJ 110 Investigations 3
CRJ 202 Correctional Institutions 3
CRJ 224 Constitutional Law 3
CRJ 230 Crisis Intervention 3
CRJ 240 Probation and Parole 3
CRJ 260 Police Community Relations 3
Other Required Courses (2-7 credits)
CRJ 265 Internship I 1-6
CRJ 298 Capstone 1
Total Required Hours: 32-38 credits

What Is Law Enforcement C.A.?

This certification program prepares individuals to perform the duties of police and public security officers, including patrol and investigative activities, traffic control, crowd control and public relations, witness interviewing, evidence collection and management, basic crime prevention methods, weapon and equipment operation and maintenance, report preparation and other routine law enforcement responsibilities.

Criminal Justice graduates may enter fields ranging from protective services, law enforcement and criminology.

Occupational Outlook

Because of the multitude of careers in this field, the outlook is varied. Positions that have a bright outlook include compliance officers and sheriffs. These positions are projected to experience rapid increases in employment with large numbers of job openings over the next several years or are new and emerging occupations in high-growth industries.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 3 million workers are employed in the criminal justice field.

Salary Outlook

In the state of Missouri, employees working in the criminal justice field earn a mean average of 37,200 per year, depending on education, experience and employer.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

Criminal Justice Careers

Depending on job experience and additional education, graduates with a law enforcement Certificate of Achievement (C.A.) are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to: compliance officer, computer security specialist, correction officer, court clerk, court reporter, police and detectives supervisor, police officer and sheriff.

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