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Advanced Police Science, Certificate

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Degree: Certificate
HEGIS Code: 5505
Curriculum Code: 2079
Campus Location: North

(First year of courses can be taken at any campus)
Business & Public Service Division

Pre-Admission Recommendations: Sworn Police Officer affiliated with a NYS certified Law Enforcement Agency, 30 semester credit hours of collegiate instruction with Quality Point Average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 system.
Career Opportunities/Further Education: Police Officer


Program Description

Advanced Studies in Law Enforcement is a certificate program offered solely to area police officers holding prior certification from the Erie County Law Enforcement Academy.

Justification for this certificate is grounded in the belief that modern law enforcement demands have changed markedly from past generations, both in degree and in kind. Officers today must be well-versed in communications, computers and other applied sciences. Distinctions between blue-collar and white-collar crimes are graying. Terrorism–both foreign and domestic–is likely to forever remain a challenge to the police profession. Societal attitudes toward drunken driving and domestic violence have shifted dramatically, accompanied by shifts in criminal laws and their enforcement.

The astute, committed officer desires to maintain contemporary competence in tools of his/her trade and many wish to receive academic credit for acquiring knowledge in police technology, accident investigation, forensics, and/or other subjects critical success as a professional law enforcer. This program enables accomplishment of these goals.

Program Competencies

Upon completion the student will have the ability to:

  • design a lesson plan and instruct other officers;
  • enhance technical knowledge in such areas as crime scene investigation;
  • perform RADAR operation and DWI enforcement;
  • explore the role law enforcement plays in homeland security;
  • learn new methods of counter terrorism;
  • acquire the ability to train new sworn personnel as field training officers; and 
  • achieve an understanding of mental health and domestic issues.

Department Notes

This certificate program is offered only to police officers and peace officers. With permission of academy director, specific courses may be offered to student majoring in such related areas as homeland security, firearms, crime scene investigation and emergency management.


Total Degree Credits: 32.0

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