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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: Police Executive Certification (2002-2003)

Program Description

The post-baccalaureate certificate program in Police Executive Certification is designed for graduate-level law enforcement students who wish to improve their knowledge in the policing field. This program provides professional development for aspiring law enforcement executives seeking to progress through police supervisory ranks. The work required for the certificate must be completed within three calendar years.

The Police Executive Certification provides:

  1. A strong foundation in understanding the behavior of criminals;
  2. A comprehensive view of the issues confronted by, and solutions available to, police administrators;
  3. A grounding in the legal aspects of liability and responsibility of police personnel at all levels;
  4. A thorough review and update of information specifically related to the police;
  5. An exposure to the benefits, problems, and consequences of policing in a diverse society or an exposure to the ethical, moral, and legal problems confronted by police administrators;
  6. A capstone experience which brings elements from a number of areas together in a seminar designed to incorporate these elements into an organized whole.

Certificate Requirements

  • LEJA 501 Theory in Criminal Justice: 3 s.h.
  • LEJA 502 Management Issues in Law Enforcement Administration: 3 s.h.
  • LEJA 504 Civil and Criminal Liability: 3 s.h.
  • LEJA 506 Police: Theory and Practice: 3 s.h.
  • LEJA 511 Diversity and the Police or LEJA 512 Ethics in Criminal Justice: 3 s.h.
  • LEJA 514 Executive Management Seminar: 3 s.h.
    TOTAL: 18 s.h.

Course Descriptions

501 Theory in Criminal Justice. (3) Analysis and comparison of various theories and models, with emphasis on the understanding of theoretical principles as they influence issues in criminal justice.

502 Management Issues in Law Enforcement Administration. (3) Focus on the law enforcement agency from the standpoint of top and middle management, including (but not limited to) labor relations, personnel management, fiscal administration, and the integration of internal and external operations. Prerequisite: LEJA 501 or permission of the instructor/chair.

504 Civil and Criminal Liability. (3) The study of law enforcement and justice administration policy and practice as impacted by principles of civil and criminal responsibility. Prerequisite: Six hours of undergraduate law courses, or permission of the instructor/chair.

506 Police: Theory and Practice. (3) An examination of theoretical and philosophical bases of the police and the ways in which theory and philosophy are translated into practice. Analysis of problems arising as a result of the translation, theory and/or philosophy. Prerequisite: LEJA 501 or permission of the instructor/chair.

511 Diversity and the Police. (3) This course examines the nature and extent of alienation and isolation of police personnel from minority citizens they are to serve. Human relations are discussed as the basis for successful community relations programs with special emphasis on encounters between police officers and members of racial and ethnic minority groups, the history of police minority relations, and the difficulties and consequences of attracting and hiring minority police officers.

512 Ethics in Criminal Justice. (3) This course focuses on a variety of ethical/moral issues confronting criminal justice practitioners. Ethical choices, their consequences, and the relationships among law, morality, and ethics are discussed. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor/chair.

514 Executive Management Seminar. (3) The Executive Management Seminar is designed to meet the needs and challenges of top level law enforcement personnel. Topics of instruction include a variety of traditional management subjects as they relate to the management of law enforcement agencies. Subjects include, but are not limited to: Future of Policing, News Media Relations, Administrative Law Update, Leadership, TQM, Negotiating Skills, Problem Employees, Performance Evaluations, Community Policing, Gang Control. Prerequisite: Prior management courses or relevant experience, permission of the instructor/chair.

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