Law Enforcement Preparatory Certificate (PFP1)  Technical Certificate of Credit

(Stand Alone & Embedded in Law Enforcement Diploma and Degree)

Program Description:

Course work in this curriculum will include a combination of criminal justice introductory courses designed to familiarize, highlight and emphasize relevant components of the criminal justice system. The program examines the common problems associated with writing reports within the criminal justice system. Instructions and content will also include: laws of arrest and search and seizure; procedures governing arrest, trial, and administration of criminal sanctions; rules of evidence; criminal justice overview of Constitutional Law and Criminal Law. Graduates should qualify to become entry level Police Academy candidates, who are work force ready professionals.The Law Enforcement Preparatory Certificate is designed to prepare newly hired law enforcement officers for Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) certification. The curriculum will consist of two five-week sessions with two courses in each session, for a total of 12 credit hours. Each five-week session will meet Monday through Friday for a total of 35 hours each week.

Entrance date: Each semester

Program admissions requirements:

Minimum Test Scores

Writing 236 Reading Comprehension 55
Arithmetic 229 Arithmetic 34

High School diploma or equivalent required for admission.

Credits required for graduation: 12

Courses 12 credits
CRJU 1068

This course introduces criminal law in the United States, but emphasizes the current specific status of Georgia criminal law. The course will focus on the most current statutory contents of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) with primary emphasis on the criminal and traffic codes. Topics include: historic development of criminal law in the United States; statutory law, Georgia Code (O.C.G.A.) Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses; statutory law, Georgia Code (O.C.G.A.) Title 40 - Motor Vehicle and Traffic Offenses; and Supreme Court rulings that apply to criminal law.

CRJU 1075

Explains and demonstrates the effectiveness of the entire criminal investigation process by the quality of notes reports, and accurate documentation. An examination of what goes into the preparation, content, elements, mechanics, and format of documenting the criminal investigation process. Topics include: Field notes, initial information, observations, evidence, victims, witnesses, property, neighborhood canvass, crime scene, laboratory analysis and results, investigative follow-up, suspect statements, and the characteristics essential to quality report writing.

CRJU 2020

This course emphasizes those provisions of the Bill of Rights which pertain to criminal justice. Topics include: characteristics and powers of the three branches of government; principles governing the operation of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment.

CRJU 2050

Introduces the procedural law of the criminal justice system which governs the series of proceedings through which government enforces substantive criminal law. The course offers an emphasis on the laws of arrest and search and seizure; the rules of evidence, right to counsel, and the rights and duties of both citizens and officers. The course covers in depth appropriate Case Law and court rulings that dictate criminal procedure on the State and Federal Level.

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Program Chair

Criminal Justice Technology Chair/Instructor
CEIT Building

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Criminal Justice Instructor
CEIT Building, Room 111

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