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Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Associate Degree

Program Code: 105046

Graduates of this two-year program are prepared to meet the rewarding challenges of the police profession, including criminal investigation; constitutional, traffic and criminal law; patrol procedure; crime scene practices; and use of force and driving skills. Students graduating from the program will be certifiable as a law enforcement officer in Wisconsin. This program is recognized and endorsed by the state of Wisconsin Department of Justice Training and Standards Bureau. Typical careers in this field include police officer, deputy sheriff, DNR officer, state trooper, military law enforcement officer, private investigator, and correctional officer as well as careers in corporate security, loss prevention, U.S. customs, transportation security administration and border patrol.

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Employment Potential

Law Enforcement Officer: performs general traffic and law enforcement duties at the municipal level.

Deputy Sheriff: performs general traffic and law enforcement duties, jailer, and telecommunications responsibilities at the county level.

DNR Officer: enforces fish, game, forest, and environmental laws at the state level.

State Trooper: performs traffic and law enforcement duties at the state level.

Military Law Enforcement Officer: performs criminal investigations, is responsible for traffic assignments, patrol, and general law enforcement duties in any branch of the military service at installations, forts, and bases.

Private Investigator: conducts criminal and noncriminal
investigations for private businesses and industries.

Security Officer: patrols and investigates for retail business and private industrial plants.

Correctional Officer: is assigned to security and general duties in a correctional institution.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

• K-9 Officer
• Police Administrator
• Investigator
• Federal Agent
• State Agent
• Chief Deputy

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• Student packet completed which includes: presentation of original birth certificate to the Public Safety Office, Form DJ-LE-327 (with essays completed), declaration, program policies & rules, code of ethics, waiver of liability, criminal background check, medical assessment, and other forms as designated by the Department of Justice.
• Students will be required to participate in and pass a physical fitness exam prior to starting the second semester of this program. Students must also pass a fitness test at the completion of the program to obtain their certifiability status. Click on the link to the Physical Readiness Testing site on the right side of this page to view a list of fitness test events and minimum passing scores for the pre and post test.
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• An official high school transcript, or equivalent, showing proof of graduation. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• Students who apply to this program must be a United States citizen in accordance with the Department of Justice. Proof of citizenship must be presented to the Public Safety office prior to full program acceptance and entry into the first semester courses.
• Students must be eligible to drive college vehicles under the college's insurance carrier. An assessment of the student's driving record will take place at the time the student packet is turned in.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020
Green Bay
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Marinette
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Sturgeon Bay
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Application Checklist

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement associate degree in the number of semesters shown. All core Law Enforcement curriculum must be completed within three years to obtain Department of Justice certifiability.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-504-192 LEAD COURTS/JURISDICTION ...development of the American judicial system, the federal and Wisconsin court structure, Wisconsin judicial rules and procedures from complaint to sentencing as they impact police or correctional officers. (Corequisites: 10-504-191, LEAD Interviews & Resumes; 10-504-190, LEAD Fitness & Wellness)
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills score greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-809-188 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY ...defines human development; examines theories; heredity and environmental effects; prenatal development and birth; evaluates biosocial, cognitive psychosocial development through the life span; aging, death, and dying. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
10-504-191 LEAD Employment Strategies ...the course examines the extensive hiring processes used by public safety agencies and sets the foundation for academic and occupational success. (Corequisites: 10-504-192, LEAD Courts/Jurisdiction; 10-504-190, LEAD Fitness & Wellness)
10-504-190 LEAD FITNESS & WELLNESS ...the course will provide an introduction to nutrition and eating correctly for maximum value as well as an introduction to fitness for a criminal justice professional. (Corequisites: 10-504-191, LEAD Interviews & Resumes; 10-504-192, LEAD Courts/Jurisdiction)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
SECOND SEMESTER
10-804-113 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1A ...topics include solving linear equations; graphing; percent; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; and right triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65 AND Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-504-200 LAW ENFORCEMENT BASICS ...students will have the opportunity to explore State of Wisconsin Department of Justice academy rules and regulations; examine the role of law enforcement in a democratic society; learn steps to take as a first responder to stabilize and manage a complex scene; learn the role of law enforcement communication and how to apply specific communication skills and strategies in a variety of simulated situations.(Prerequisite: 10-504-191, LEAD Employment Strategies; Corequisite: All 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-504-201 LEGAL BASICS ...In this course students will learn the structure of the criminal justice system, including criminal procedure. Students will learn about the Constitutional Amendments and legal basis for law enforcement action such as reasonable suspicion, probable cause, arrest, use of force, search, seizure and Miranda, as well as limits on law enforcement activity. Students will learn the differences between criminal and civil cases, the classifications of offenses as felonies, misdemeanors, and ordinance violations, and the common elements in criminal offenses. Students will also learn about party to a crime liability and circumstances that enhance the penalty for crimes, various states of the criminal mind and basic defenses to criminal liability. Lastly, students will learn how to write a wide variety of law enforcement reports to accurately and fairly convey necessary information for use by investigators, prosecutors, and the public. This will include who reads law enforcement reports, how to take field notes and how to turn those field notes into a narrative. Students will focus on how to organize narratives, writing in first person with an active versus passive voice. (Prerequisite: 10-504-191, LEAD Employment Strategies; Corequisite: All 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-504-202 USE OF FORCE BASICS ...students will be introduced to the legal limitations on the use of force, the incident response and disturbance resolution models, approach considerations, intervention options, and follow-through considerations. Students will learn the basic firearm safety rules and learn how to safely handle, operate, and maintain a handgun. (Prerequisite: 10-504-191, LEAD Employment Strategies; Corequisite: All 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-504-711 PHYSICAL FITNESS PHASE I ...students will participate in physical activity and learn healthy lifestyle choices for the law enforcement career. (Prerequisites: accepted to the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement program; 10-504-191, LEAD Employment Strategies; Corequisites: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-504-203 FUNDAMENTALS OF PATROL ...students will have the opportunity to explore the importance of written policies and procedures in law enforcement work, practice use of the Traffic and Criminal Software (TraCS), a software system used by Wisconsin law enforcement, examine Wisconsin's traffic laws, learn how to fill out the paper citation and electronic citation (TraCS), learn the legal basis for making vehicle contacts, conduct threat assessments, and demonstrate an approach vehicle contact in various simulated situations. (Prerequisite: 10-504-200 Law Enforcement Basics ; Corequisites: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-504-204 LAW ENFORCEMENT FOUNDATIONS ...In this course, students will have the opportunity to learn an organized approach to problem solving and decision making, which officers use to resolve a wide variety of problems, compare personal beliefs to the beliefs of the law enforcement profession and analyze situations and defend the choices they make. Students will learn about the importance of proper communication with other cultures and the importance of being responsive to the beliefs, practices and cultural needs of different people with diverse backgrounds who live in the community and be introduced to the basic concepts of interviewing witnesses and victims. Being able to accurately and fairly convey information in law enforcement is an important aspect of the profession. Students will learn the mechanics of law enforcement report writing, focus on importance of field notes and learn how to write a variety of reports. (Prerequisite: 10-504-200 Law Enforcement Basics ; Corequisites: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-504-205 LAW ENFORCEMENT MEDICAL INTERVENTION ...students will have the opportunity to learn how to perform an initial medical assessment for an injury or medical condition, how to provide immediate treatment for a variety of injuries and conditions, and how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Recruits will be certified First Aid and CPR/AED to give them the basic skills they need to know to provide help to injured people until more medically trained arrive on scene and take over. Components of a healthy lifestyle, stress relaxation techniques, and how to implement healthy habits are also included in this course. (Prerequisite: 10-504-200 Law Enforcement Basics ; Corequisites: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
SEMESTER TOTAL
14
THIRD SEMESTER
10-504-206 EMERGENCY VEHICLE STRATEGIES ...students will have the opportunity to learn the legal basis and limitations on the use of non-emergency and emergency driving, demonstrate basic patrol operation, emergency vehicle response, and pursuit driving, determine the appropriate type of contact, and conduct approach, non-approach and high-risk vehicle contacts in simulated situations. (Prerequisite: 10-504-203 Fundamentals of Patrol; Corequisites: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-504-207 INVESTIGATIVE BASICS ...In this course students will continue learning about criminal procedure with special focus on the search warrant requirement and the exceptions to it. Students will learn the role of law enforcement communication and how to apply specific communication skills and strategies in a variety of simulated situations including under stress or while in simulated danger. Students will learn to recognize, process, and preserve physical evidence, including an introduction to collecting and packaging evidence. (Prerequisite: 10-504-203 Fundamentals of Patrol; Corequisites: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-504-208 EMERGENCY TACTICAL RESPONSE ...students train in basic concepts and tactics related to approaching, controlling, and intervening in unknown-risk and high-risk situations, including ongoing deadly assaults. Students will learn principles, guidelines and techniques for law enforcement response to persons with possible mental disorders, alcohol or drug problems, dementia disorders, and/or developmental disabilities. (Prerequisite: 10-504-203 Fundamentals of Patrol; Corequisites: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-504-712 PHYSICAL FITNESS PHASE II...students will participate in physical activity building off of Phase I and learn healthy lifestyle choices for the law enforcement career. (Prerequisites: 10-504-711 Physical Fitness Phase I; Corequisites: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-504-209 ADVANCED DAAT ...In this phase two course, students will learn the legal basis and limitations on the use of force, the incident response and disturbance resolution models, approach considerations, intervention options, and follow-through considerations. Included in the discussion on the disturbance resolution model is a discussion on protocols for off-duty actions. Students will learn the recommendations and protocols for off-duty response and guidelines for interaction between on-duty and off-duty, retired, and plainclothes officers. (Prerequisite: 10-504-206 Emergency Vehicle Strategies; Corequisites: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-504-210 ADVANCED FIREARMS ...In this phase two course, students will expand upon their previous firearms training. Students will review and practice firearms safety and care, basic shooting fundamentals, and clearing malfunctions. Students will learn the legal basis and limitations on the use of deadly force, make deadly force decisions, engage in movement and changing positions, and practice in live-fire exercises. Students must qualify with a semi-automatic pistol using the state qualification course. Students will learn how to identify, unload, and secure non-duty firearms. Finally, students will also learn how to safely handle, use, and care for a rifle, including basic shooting fundamentals, clearing malfunctions, positions, and movement practiced with a rifle in live-fire exercises. Students must qualify with a rifle using the state qualification course. (Prerequisite: 10-504-206 Emergency Vehicle Strategies; Corequisites: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-504-197 PS-JOB INTERVIEWS ...provides the opportunity for the learner to prepare for the public safety hiring process with an emphasis on oral board interviews. (Prerequisite: 10-504-128 PS - Job Interviews & Resume Writing or 10-504-192 LEAD Interviews & Resumes)
10-504-211 ADVANCED POLICING ...In this course students will to apply appropriate strategies to locate, handle, and package evidentiary items while maintaining the chain of custody. There will also be emphasis placed on the preserving, handling and collecting of digital evidence such as computers and cell phones. Students will also be required to demonstrate a search and proper documentation of a simulated crime scene. During simulated scenarios students will continue identifying the elements that make up common offenses involving drugs, alcohol, status offenses, and crimes against persons or property. Students will prepare reports based upon the crimes they identified during the scenarios including a Probable Cause Affidavit and a Use of Force narrative. There will also be a review of common errors made in law enforcement reports and strategies to avoid such errors. Students will also continue to learn how to make the best decisions and choices by critically analyzing ethical situations and defending the decisions they make. Students will continue developing their sensitivity to and understanding of discrimination and diversity as well as its effects on law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Finally, students will learn the basics of presenting effective court testimony and will have the opportunity to practice giving testimony based on a report they have previously written. (Prerequisite: 10-504-209 Advanced DAAT; Corequisites: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-504-212 SENSITIVE CRIME ...In this course students will continue developing their sensitivity to and understanding of those who have been victims of crime and their families and how to assist them. Students will learn the statutory elements of domestic crimes, sex crimes, and child maltreatment crimes and the dynamics, impact, response and investigative strategies unique to these sensitive crimes. Students will also learn about the structure of the juvenile justice system including the terminology, laws and procedures that effect juveniles; particularly those related to taking a juvenile into custody. Lastly, students will learn how interrogations differ from interviews and will learn basic concepts in interrogating suspects. (Prerequisite: 10-504-209 Advanced DAAT; Corequisites: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-504-708 PHYSICAL FITNESS PHASE III ...students will apply Physical Fitness skills and Officer Wellness required by the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Students will apply learning in independent lab activities and complete the DOJ Physical Readiness Exit Test (Prerequisite: 10-504-712, Physical Fitness Phase III; Corequisites: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-809-159 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY ...surveys features, causes, assessment and treatment of abnormal behavior through major theoretical perspectives. Introduces the diagnosis system of the DSM-IV, the history, cultural/social differences, current perspectives, diagnosis criteria/treatments. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
10-504-213 TRAFFIC INVESTIGATION PROCEDURES ...students will have the opportunity to learn how to properly set up, test, and read a speed measuring device (RADAR), identify and describe the laws and court rulings affecting speed measuring device operations, learn to recognize and interpret evidence of operating a motor vehicle while impaired (OWI), demonstrate the proper procedure to administer and interpret standardized field sobriety tests (SFSTs) and make appropriate enforcement decisions, prepare arrest reports for impaired driving violations, and complete arrest paperwork. (Prerequisite: 10-504-211 Advanced Policing; Corequisites: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-504-176 LAW ENFORCEMENT INTERNSHIP ..."hands-on" law enforcement phases, monitored by an agency-approved police officer and college instructor. (Corequisite: All 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
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10-504-196 EVENT SECURITY INTERNSHIP ...students will participate in all home games for Green Bay Packer Security in collaboration with the Green Bay Police Department. This internship will include a 20-hour obligation covering various sectors while under the guided supervision of the Green Bay Police Department. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement or Professional Studies program)
10-504-157 SCENARIO ASSESSMENT ...a capstone course to assess the learner’s cumulative knowledge through the use of scenarios in the certifiable Law Enforcement curriculum. (Prerequisite: all topics included in the DOJ 720-hour Law Enforcement curriculum)
SEMESTER TOTAL
19
TOTAL CREDITS
63
Curriculum Note
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a "C" or better.
. Students must obtain a "C" or better in all 10-504-XXX classes to move forward with each semester.
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Industry Credentials

Students who successfully complete this program will be certifiable as a law enforcement officer in the state of Wisconsin.

Note

Due to Department of Justice - Training and Standards Bureau requirements, transfer of credits for core criminal justice courses will not be accepted. The exception to this would be if the courses are from another Wisconsin Technical College authorized as a certified Department of Justice - Training and Standards training academy.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seek opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit nwtc.edu/studyabroad.

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