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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 TIMESummer 2018Fall 2018Spring 2019
Green 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
10-504-190 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)
10-504-191 LEAD INTERVIEWS & RESUMES ...students will learn about the criminal justice hiring process from application and resume writing, oral interviews and the background investigation. (Corequisites: 10-504-192, LEAD Courts/Jurisdiction; 10-504-190, LEAD Fitness & Wellness)
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)
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...presents learners with exposure to the language of responsibility with an emphasis on two tracks-soft (employability) and learning skills to enhance lifelong learning in academic, career, and personal settings. Course curriculum provides application and reflection of On Course strategies and vocabulary emphasizing the value of a growth mindset. Students should take this course during the first semester of college.
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
SECOND SEMESTER
10-504-700 INTRO TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE ...students will focus on the following Phase I key topics as addressed in the WI Department of Justice Academy 720 curriculum framework. Topics include: Academy Orientation, Fundamentals of Criminal Justice, Ethics, Cultural Competency, Agency Policy, and Professional Communication. (Prerequisite: 10-504-191, LEAD Interviews & Resumes; Corequisite: All 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-504-701 BASIC PATROL RESPONSE ...through classroom lecture, on-campus lab and WI Department of Justice integration activities, 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, TraCS, Traffic Law Enforcement, and First Aid/CPR/AED. (Prerequisites: accepted to the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement program; 10-504-191, LEAD Interviews & Resumes; Corequisites: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-504-702 BASIC TACTICS ...In this course, students will learn and apply the skills from Phase I topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Fundamentals of Firearms, Vehicle Contacts, Officer Wellness, and Physical Fitness. Student learning will occur through lecture, on-campus lab activities, independent physical fitness activities, and the Department of Justice 720 Academy Integration Exercises. (Prerequisites: accepted to the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement program; 10-504-191, LEAD Interviews & Resumes; Corequisites: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-504-703 BASIC INVESTIGATIONS ...students will learn and apply the skills from the Phase I topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Constitutional Law, Crimes, Juvenile Law, Interviews, Report Writing, and Evidence. Student learning will occur through lecture, on-campus lab activities, and the Department of Justice 720 Academy Integration Exercises. (Prerequisites: accepted to the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement program; 10-504-1914, LEAD Interviews & Resumes; Corequisites: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
SEMESTER TOTAL
20
THIRD SEMESTER
10-504-705 ADVANCED TACTICS ...students will learn and apply the skills from the Phase II topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Physical Fitness, Defense and Arrest Tactics (DAAT), and Firearms II. Student learning will occur through lecture, on-campus lab activities, and independent physical exercise. (Prerequisite: 10-504-702, Basic Tactics; Corequisites: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-504-706 EMERGENCY VEHICLE RESPONSE ...students will learn and apply the skills from the Phase II topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Emergency Vehicle Operation and Control (EVOC) and Vehicle Contacts II. Student learning will occur through lecture, on-campus lab activities, and the Department of Justice 720 Academy Integration Exercises. (Prerequisite: 10-504-702 Basic Tactics; Corequisites: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-504-707 INTERMEDIATE INVESTIGATION ...students will learn and apply the skills from the Phase II topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Constitutional Law II, Crimes II, Domestics, and Report Writing. Student learning will occur through lecture and the Department of Justice 720 Academy Integration Exercises.
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH 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)
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)
10-504-708 PHYSICAL FITNESS ...In this Phase III course, 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 an on campus physical fitness test/assessment. (Prerequisite: 10-504-705, Advanced Tactics; Corequisites: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-504-709 TRAFFIC RESPONSE ...students will learn and apply the skills from the Phase III topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Traffic Law Enforcement - Core and Radar, Traffic Crash Investigations and Incident Management, and Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and Report Writing. Student learning will occur through lecture and on-campus lab activities. (Prerequisite: 10-504-705, Advanced Tactics; Corequisites: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
10-504-710 ADVANCED INVESTIGATIONS...students will learn and apply the skills from the Phase III topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Ethics II: Moral Reasoning and Professional Responsibility, Cultural Competence II: Fair and Impartial Policing, Victims, Sexual Assault, Child Maltreatment, Interrogations, Testifying in Court, and Crimes. Student learning will occur through lecture, on-campus lab activities, and the Department of Justice 720 Academy Integration Exercises. (Prerequisite: 10-504-705, Advanced Tactics; Corequisite: all 10-504-XXX courses in the current semester)
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
TOTAL CREDITS
69
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.

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