Educational Writer- New Heights Educational Group
A law enforcement degree helps to prepare students for the four to six-month agency-specific police academies that act as a law enforcement boot camp. That does not mean that police departments and sheriff’s offices discount these degrees.
To that end, most law enforcement degree programs focus on the application of law to give students an understanding of how to enforce laws. Other key aspects include learning about the chain of evidence and detection of materials to support arrests, as well as the proper application of force given the circumstances.
With an increased focus on community-oriented policing evidenced by many departments, students learning about becoming a law enforcement officer may also take introductory level sociology courses and those on media relations, as well as law history courses.
Examples of courses in a law enforcement degree curriculum include:
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Introduction to Corrections
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Cyber Crime Investigation
Introduction to Criminal Investigations
Policing in America
Evidence and Court Procedure
Law Enforcement Operations
What Jobs Can You Get With a Law Enforcement Degree?
In addition to getting hired as a police officer, there are several related jobs that are available for graduates of a law enforcement degree program.
Some examples of job titles include:
- Conservation Officer
- Criminal Investigator
- FBI Agent
- Fire Investigator
- First-Line Supervisor of Correctional Officers
- First-Line Supervisor of Police and Detectives
- Fish and Game Warden
- Homicide Detective
- Narcotics Officer -Parking Enforcement Worker -Police Officer -Transit and Railroad Police -United States Park Police -US Marshal
- Victims Advocate