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2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

Law Enforcement - Academy Option, AAS

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Upon successful completion of this program, students will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science Degree and will be eligible to take the State of Ohio Peace Officer Certification exam. The student must meet Academy qualifications to be accepted into the program. Students must be 21 years of age by March 31st of the year they graduate from the Academy, and have a high school diploma or GED. Students under 21 years of age will have limited employment opportunities. Students will be required to submit the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission Student Enrollment Certification Record, a Statement of Understanding, physical form, training waiver and liability forms. A valid driver’s license is required. Background and criminal record checks will be completed and an interview is required. Students who have a state or federal weapons disqualifier, any felony conviction, currently registered as a sex offender, arson offender, convicted of a drug offense, theft or fraud, negligent assault, or convicted of a misdemeanor offense of violence or any related offenses as a result of domestic violence will not be eligible for admission.

Policies regarding the Law Enforcement Academy are available in the Academy Student Handbook. All students entering the program must adhere to the regulations within the handbook as well as the division’s Substance Abuse Policy. Tattoos are not considered part of professional appearance and must be covered whenever you are in the practicum setting or professional role.

Program Learning Options

Learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of the criminal justice system at local, state, and federal levels.
  2. Apply codes of professional ethics and principles of ethical decision-making to case situations.
  3. Analyze the fundamental theories, principles, and practices of criminal justice, including constitutional principles, judicial and correctional processes, and legal institutions.
  4. Apply methods of law enforcement to traffic and speed enforcement, accidents, civil disorders, and crime.
  5. Meet the requirements of the Peace Officer Basic Training and qualify for certification through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission.

First Semester

Total Credits: 18-19

Second Semester

Total Credits: 18

Third and Fourth Semester

Academy Option: All courses listed must be taken within the Academy hours.

Note: The Academy schedule is August to May, Mon-Thurs evenings 5-10 p.m., Saturdays 8a.m.-4 p.m.

Total Credits: 28

Total Program Hours 64-65

* See Northwest State General Education Requirements  for Natural Science, and Humanities Electives.

+ Students must attain a minimum grade of “C” in all courses with a “+” to progress in the program and to graduate.

* Students currently employed full-time in a professional criminaljustice setting may be allowed to substitute these courses.

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