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Criminal Justice-720 Law Enforcement Academy Technical Diploma

Program Code: 305042

Students learn the skills of modern-day law enforcement in this full-time, 18-week program designed to produce thoroughly competent and confident officers. Graduates of this program begin their careers with an unparalleled level of professionalism through a learner-centered approach via application of scenario-based training. Your career opportunities include police officer, deputy sheriff, DNR officer, state trooper, military law enforcement officer, and private investigator. This 720-hour program is designed for individuals with 60 college credits at an associate degree level or higher, or current employment with a sponsoring law enforcement agency. This program meets criteria set by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Training and Standards Bureau.

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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.

Private Investigator: conducts criminal and non-criminal investigations for private business and industry.

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.

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

• Police Administrator
• K-9 Officer
• Chief Deputy
• State Agent
• Federal Agent
• Jail/Correctional Officer

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• An associate degree in Criminal Justice, 60 college credits at an associate's degree level or higher, or current employment with a sponsoring law enforcement agency.
• Self-sponsored applicants must have official completed high school and college transcript(s) sent to NWTC. An application packet will be emailed to the student once the online college application is completed. Applicants will submit to a background check and FBI fingerprinting process (at applicant's expense). Proof of United States citizenship must be provided.
• Applicants must provide documentation showing successful completion of the DOJ Physical Readiness Test. The test must be passed within 180 days of the Academy start date. NWTC does host this test on a limited basis. Students must also pass another DOJ Physical Readiness test at the completion of the program to obtain their certifiability status. A list of fitness test events and minimum passing scores for the pre and post test can be found via the Physical Readiness Testing link on the right side of this page.
• Currently employed officers must complete the NWTC application and provide contact information for their agency training officer. For further details on the application process for employed officers, contact the NWTC Public Safety Department at (920) 491-2627.
• 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 TIMESpring 2018Summer 2018Fall 2018
Green Bay
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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement Academy technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
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)
30-504-700 OVERVIEW OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE ...students will learn and apply skills addressed in the following Department of Justice 720 Academy Phase I topics: Academy Orientation, Fundamentals of Criminal Justice, Ethics, Cultural Competency, Agency Policy, and Professional Communication
30-504-701 OVERVIEW OF PATROL RESPONSE ...classroom lecture, and on-campus lab, and WI Department of Justice integration exercises students will learn and apply skills addressed in the following Department of Justice 720 Academy Phase I topics: Critical Thinking and Decision-Making, Basic Response (RESPOND), Radio Procedures, Introduction to TraCS, Traffic Law Enforcement, and First Aid.
30-504-702 OVERVIEW OF TACTICS ...through classroom lecture, and on-campus lab, and WI Department of Justice integration exercises students will learn and apply skills addressed in the following Department of Justice 720 Academy Phase I topics: Fundamentals of Firearms, Vehicle Contacts I, Officer Wellness, and DAAT. Students will complete the DOJ Phase I Written Exam.
30-504-703 OVERVIEW OF INVESTIGATIONS ...through classroom lecture, and on-campus lab, and WI Department of Justice integration exercises students will learn and apply skills addressed in the following Department of Justice 720 Academy Phase I topics: Constitutional Law I, Crimes I, Interviews, and Report Writing.
30-504-705 PRINCIPLES OF TACTICS ...through classroom lecture, and on-campus lab students will learn and apply skills addressed in the following Department of Justice 720 Academy Phase II topics: Professional Communication, DAAT, Firearms II, Tactical Response, and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care.
30-504-706 PRINCIPLES OF EMERGENCY VEHICLE RESPONSE ...through classroom lecture, and on-campus lab, and WI Department of Justice integration exercises students will learn and apply skills addressed in the following Department of Justice 720 Academy Phase II topics: Emergency Vehicle Operation and Control (EVOC) and Vehicle Contacts II.
30-504-707 PRINCIPLES OF INVESTIGATIONS ...through classroom lecture, and on-campus lab, and WI Department of Justice integration exercises students will learn and apply skills addressed in the following Department of Justice 720 Academy Phase II topics: Constitutional Law II, Evidence, and Crisis Management. Students will take the DOJ Phase II Written Exam.
30-504-708 Physical Fitness ...through classroom lecture and on-campus lab, students will apply the Department of Justice 720 Academy Physical Fitness Program requirements and Officer Wellness Suicide Prevention.
30-504-709 APPLICATION OF TRAFFIC RESPONSE ...through classroom lecture and on-campus lab, students will learn and apply skills addressed in the following Department of Justice 720 Academy Phase III topics: Traffic Law Enforcement - Core and Radar, Traffic Crash Investigations & Incident Management, Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated (OMVWI), Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST), Hazardous Materials, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Incident Command System, and Report Writing.
30-504-710 APPLICATION OF INVESTIGATION...Through classroom lecture, and on-campus lab, and WI Department of Justice integration exercises students will learn and apply skills addressed in the following Department of Justice 720 Academy Phase III topics: Ethics II: Moral Reasoning and Professional Responsibility, Cultural Competence II: Fair and Impartial Policing, Interrogations, Testifying in Court, Crimes, and Evidence.
30-504-711 SENSITIVE CRIMES ...Through classroom lecture, and on-campus lab, and WI Department of Justice integration exercises students will learn and apply skills addressed in the following Department of Justice 720 Academy Phase III topics: Domestics, Juvenile Law, Victims, Sexual Assault, Child Maltreatment. Students will complete the DOJ Phase III Written Exam.
SEMESTER TOTAL
22
TOTAL CREDITS
22
Curriculum Note
Students must earn a "C" or better in all courses to complete the technical diploma.
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Industry Credentials

Students who successfully complete this program will receive law enforcement officer certifiability status in the state of Wisconsin.

Note

• Students must provide a personal email address in their online college application. This email address is where the Academy application packet will be sent.
• Regardless of prior college credit, all courses must be completed to obtain certifiability with the Law Enforcement Standards Board of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
• This program does not qualify for financial aid. Veterans’ Benefits may be used to cover material and program fees. Contact Enrollment Services for details. A payment plan is also available.
• The credits earned through successful completion of this program do not count toward the 60-credit requirement imposed by Wisconsin Administrative Code Section LES 2.01(1)(e) for employed officers. However, academy credits may be applied toward an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice to partially satisfy the college credit requirement.

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