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Protective Services - Criminal Justice (CRIJ)

The Associate of Applied Science program in Criminal Justice is designed to meet the needs of persons seeking entry level employment with or promotion within public or private agencies which maintain public safety, prevent crime, apprehend or rehabilitate criminals and insure social welfare. Selected courses are transferable to senior colleges or universities offering a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement. Students must consult with their advisor if planning to obtain a four-year degree as transfer courses vary at different institutions. Completion of the LCC program prepares the graduate for entry level employment but does not guarantee or imply employment in any law enforcement agency.

Criminal Justice - Associate of Applied Science

Freshman Year

First Semester

Credit Hours

CRIJ 1301

Introduction To Criminal Justice1,

3

CRIJ 2313

Correctional Systems and Practices1

3

CRIJ 2328

Police Systems and Practices1

3

ENGL 1301

Composition I

3

MATH 1324

Math for Business and Social Sciences I

 

 

or

 

MATH 1314

College Algebra

3

 

 

15

Second Semester

Credit Hours

CRIJ 1307

Crime in America

3

CRIJ 1310

Fundamentals of Criminal Law

3

 

Humanities/Fine Arts2

3

HIST 1302

The U.S. Since 1877

3

SOCI 1301

Intro to Sociology

3

 

 

15

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Credit Hours

CRIJ 1313

Juvenile Justice System

3

CRIJ 2323

Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement

3

WECM

Technical Course3

3

PSYC 2301

Introduction to Psychology

3

GOVT 2305

American National Government

3

 

 

15

Second Semester

Credit Hours

CRIJ 1306

Court Systems & Practices1,4 (Capstone Course)

3

CRIJ 2301

Community Resources in Correction

3

CRIJ 2314

Criminal Investigation

3

WECM

Technical Course3

3

GOVT 2306

American State Government

3

 

 

15

Total Minimum Hours

60

WECM Technical Courses Credit Hours

CJLE 1333

Traffic Law and Investigation3

3

CJSA 1348

Ethics in Criminal Justice3

3

CJLE 1427

Interviewing & Rep. Writing for Crim. Just. Prof 3

3

CJLE 2345

Vice and Narcotics Investigation3

3

CJSA 1302

Private Security Officer Training

3

CJSA 1347

Police Organization and Administration3

3

CJSA 2302

Police Management Supervision & Related Topics3 3

CJSA 2334

Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice3

3

1 Denotes field of study courses, as set by THECB January 2003.

2 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective: As indicated in the core curriculum of the college catalog.

3 Students seeking to transfer to a Senior institution should consult catalog or inquire about articulation agreements.

4 Recommended that course be taken on last semester before graduation or transfer.

Security Guard Certificate

First Semester

Credit Hours

CJSA 1348

Ethics in Criminal Justice

3

CRIJ 1301

Introduction to Criminal Justice2

3

CRIJ 1307

Crime in America2

3

CJLE 1427

Interviewing and Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals

4

CJSA 1302

Private Security Officer Training (Capstone)1

3

 

 

16

Total Minimum Hours

16

1 Capstone course taught in the last semester. Students will earn a TX DPS PSB Level III certification. (Basic Security Training). Student enrolling for this certificate must get prior approval from C.J. Department Chair.

2 Denotes articulation courses credited by exam.

Law Enforcement Academy

Mission

The mission of the Laredo Community College Regional Law Enforcement Academy is to provide the highest quality law enforcement instruction to its Cadets and to insure at all times that the standards and requirements of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) are met or exceeded.

Types of Licensing Courses Offered : Basic Peace Officer, Basic County Corrections, Telecommunicator

This program requires sponsorship from Law Enforcement Agencies for enrollment. It is the students responsibility to obtain and seek sponsorship for the type of license sought.

Admission Process

Students seeking admission into the Law Enforcement Academy must:

  1. Be at least 21 years of age, or become 21 years of age before course completions, or 18 years of age if the applicant has received an associate's degree or 60 semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university.
  2. Be a high school graduate
  3. Be sponsored by a Law Enforcement Agency and meet all State rules and regulations (background investigation, fingerprints, psychological, physical, age and education). Sponsoring Agency must provide a marked vehicle for Emergency Driving and Patrol Procedures components of the Basic Peace Officer Course.
  4. Pass physical fitness assessment based on the Law Enforcement ageless genderless validation study by Tom Collingwood, Ph.D. The assessment includes:
    • 1.5 miles run 15:20
    • 29 push-ups
    • 31 sit-ups

Application Packet

Law Enforcement Academy application packets must be requested by Law Enforcement Agency. Completed applications are due at Orientation. For more information contact the department at 956-794-4908.

The following must be completed:

  • Application for Training
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • college transcript
  • Copy of "L-2" Licensee Medical Condition Declaration
  • L-2 Attachment
  • Copy of "L-3" Licensee Psychological and Emotional Health Declaration
  • Liability release form
  • Information release form
  • FAST Return

Progression in Law Enforcement Academy

In order for a Cadet to graduate from the BPOC licensing course and qualify for the TCOLE examination, the following skill proficiency standards must be met. Skill must be applicable to the licensing course sought. There is no appeal process afforded if a skill is not met after remediation is completed. These include but are not limited to:

  1. Abide by the Police Academy Rules and Procedures Student Handbook.
  2. Maintain a grade average of 80% in all course work attempted in the Academy in order to earn an endorsement for the TCOLE Exam.
  3. Successfully complete the academic and firearms qualifications courses with a minimum score of 70 percent.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency and competence of safety precautions when handling firearms without loss of physiological and psychological control and maintain proficiency above the State minimum requirement. Proficiency being defined as the advancement of knowledge and skill.
  5. Successfully and safely complete all academic and skills requirements without loss of physiological and psychological control which include but not limited to: defensive tactics, driving, use of force, patrol procedures and CPR/First Aid course training requirements and simulations.

Law Enforcement Academy Certificate

 

Credit Hours

Basic Peace Officer

CJLE 1506

Basic Peace Officer I

5

CJLE 1512

Basic Peace Officer II

5

CJLE 1518

Basic Peace Officer III

5

CJLE 1524

Basic Peace Officer IV

5

CJLE 1329

Basic Peace Officer V

3

 

 

23

Basic County Corrections

CJCR1300 Basic Jail School 3

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