Law Enforcement

2 to 4½ Semester Program

One Technical Certificate, one Associate of Applied Science degree, and a Bachelor of Applied Technology degree are available.

Objective

To provide the knowledge and technical skills for eligibility to become certified peace officers as set forth by the standards of the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy for the State of Idaho.

The Law Enforcement Training Program provides classroom, laboratory and cadet practicum instruction enabling students to enter the general field of law enforcement.

The Law Enforcement Program is designed to prepare graduates to enter the law ­enforcement field. The Law Enforcement Program has been duly approved by the Idaho Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) Council, thus eliminating the graduates’ need to attend the basic police academy before taking the ­certification exam. Because the Law ­Enforcement Program is driven by POST ­standards for certification into the law enforcement field, applicants to the program must meet POST standards for ­admission. These admission standards ­include a background check into the ­applicants’ criminal, driving and psychological record.

For a Program Information Packet showing descriptions of each option, course descriptions, lists of course sequences, and the cost of books, tools, uniforms, fees, and other expenses, go online to http://www.isu.edu/ctech/lawenforcement/.

This program requires students to achieve certain grades in order to advance each semester. Specific information is available in the program’s student handbook.

Prerequisites for Entry into Program:

  1. Must pass a background and driver’s license check.
  2. Must pass an FBI fingerprint check.
  3. Must pass a physical agility test.
  4. Must pass a medical physical exam with checks for fitness, vision and hearing.
  5. Must apply for Fall Semester by August 1st deadline.
  6. Must apply for Spring Semester by December 15th deadline.

Physical Agility

Students must pass a physical agility test to be accepted into the program. This test includes running, push-ups, sit-ups, and jumping.

Technical Certificate: Law Enforcement

Required Courses:

All courses must be completed with a ­minimum grade of “C-” to continue in the program.

LAWE 0170Detention Procedures I3
LAWE 0171Cadet Practicum3
LAWE 0172Health and Fitness3
LAWE 0174Human Relations2
LAWE 0175Health and Fitness II1
LAWE 0176Investigations I3
LAWE 0177Investigations II3
LAWE 0178Law I3
LAWE 0179Law II3
LAWE 0180Patrol Procedures I3
LAWE 0181Patrol Procedures II3
LAWE 0182Detention Procedures II1
LAWE 0183Detention Procedures III2
LAWE 0188Scenario Training1
Total Hours34

 

Associate of Applied Science Degree: Law Enforcement

General Education

See General Education Requirements (minimum 15 credits) for A.A.S. Degree at the start of the College of Technology section of the catalog.

Required Courses:

All Law Enforcement courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C-” to continue in the program.

LAWE 0170Detention Procedures I3
LAWE 0171Cadet Practicum3
LAWE 0172Health and Fitness3
LAWE 0174Human Relations2
LAWE 0175Health and Fitness II1
LAWE 0176Investigations I3
LAWE 0177Investigations II3
LAWE 0178Law I3
LAWE 0179Law II3
LAWE 0180Patrol Procedures I3
LAWE 0181Patrol Procedures II3
LAWE 0182Detention Procedures II1
LAWE 0183Detention Procedures III2
LAWE 0188Scenario Training1
LAWE 0200Law Enforcement Internship I2
LAWE 0201Law Enforcement Internship II3
COMM 1101Principles of Speech (contributes to AAS English/Communication Requirement and satisfies a General Education Requirement)3
SOC 1101Introduction to Sociology (satisfies a General Education Requirement)3
SPAN 1101Elementary Spanish I4
SPAN 1102Elementary Spanish II4
(These two courses satisfy a General Education Requirement)
Select two of the following: 6
Introduction to Computers
Digital Information Literacy
Politics and Justice
Introduction to Criminal Law
Child Abuse
Juvenile Delinquency
Total Hours59

Based on keyboarding skills, students may be required to take a 1 credit Keyboarding class in order to meet the competencies of the program.


How to Read Course Descriptions

Courses

LAWE 0170 Detention Procedures I: 3 semester hours.

This course is designed to teach officers the knowledge and skills necessary for

LAWE 0171 Cadet Practicum: 3 semester hours.

This course is designed to help the cadet put all skills and practical knowledge to use in the working environment. The cadet rides with a full-time uniform police officer within the department where they are evaluated, trained, and allowed to put new skills and ideas into practice. The cadets do fifty (50) hours of patrol time, fifty (50) hours of detention time, twenty-five (25) hours of dispatch time, and twenty-five (25) hours of other time which may include directing traffic, security, or crowd control at a specific event. F, S

LAWE 0172 Health and Fitness: 3 semester hours.

This course is a practical physical fitness program tailored to the specific demands of the police profession. Lectures include nutrition, fitness lifestyles, and health. A first aid course for police officers including cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is included in this series of instruction. F, S

LAWE 0174 Human Relations: 2 semester hours.

This course provides officers with better understanding of their roles in the community and how the public responds to the police officer. Courses focus on the abilities of the officer to communicate with the public in a professional manner with respect to the task at hand. F, S

LAWE 0175 Health and Fitness II: 1 semester hour.

This course is a continuation of LAWE 0172. PREREQ: LAWE 0172. F, S

LAWE 0176 Investigations I: 3 semester hours.

A series of basic courses in preliminary investigations designed for the initial officer responding to a crime scene. Introduction to scientific aids and examinations, laboratory procedures, and the collection of evidence. Applications of specific investigative techniques for specific offenses are studied. F, S

LAWE 0177 Investigations II: 3 semester hours.

This course is a continuation of LAWE 0176. PREREQ: LAWE 0176. F, S

LAWE 0178 Law I: 3 semester hours.

This course is an orientation to methods, practices, and procedures in Idaho Criminal Law. Course work includes instruction in basic laws and powers derived from the U.S. and Idaho Constitutions, classification of crimes, punishments, and procedural law dealing with search and seizure and rules of evidence. F, S

LAWE 0179 Law II: 3 semester hours.

This course is a continuation of LAWE 0178. PREREQ: LAWE 0178. F, S

LAWE 0180 Patrol Procedures I: 3 semester hours.

This series of courses prepare the officers for patrol operations in their communities. Varied facets of patrol procedures including the sensitive handling of citizen crisis situation as well as the technical aspects of police patrol are studied. Several courses have practical application sessions following classroom instruction allowing the officer time to put new skills and ideas into practice. F, S

LAWE 0181 Patrol Procedures II: 3 semester hours.

This course is a continuation of LAWE 0180. PREREQ: LAWE 0180. F, S

LAWE 0182 Detention Procedures II: 1 semester hour.

Detection procedures relating to mental health, medical procedures, cross-gender supervision, human relations, and hostage relations. PREREQ: LAWE 0170. S, Su

LAWE 0183 Detention Procedures III: 2 semester hours.

Topics include fire evacuation, security enveloping, cell searches, con games, inmate supervision, use of force, transports, extrication, and gang awareness. PREREQ: LAWE 0182. F, S

LAWE 0184 Patrol Procedures III: 1 semester hour.

Covers a study of crimes against property, crimes against persons, traffic stops, family disturbances, and introduction to modern law enforcement. F, S, Su

LAWE 0185 Police Procedures: 2 semester hours.

Covers a study of radio procedures, jail procedures, booking, fingerprinting, report writing and note taking, courtroom testimony, searching suspects and handling prisoners, and building searches. F, S, Su

LAWE 0186 Firearms Proficiency: 3 semester hours.

Covers firearms training both in the classroom and on the firing range. Also covers use of deadly force. Su

LAWE 0187 Enforcement Skills: 1 semester hour.

Curriculum components include hazardous materials, weapon retention, defensive tactics, and the Emergency Vehicle Operations course. Su

LAWE 0188 Scenario Training: 1 semester hour.

Scenario-based problem solving and role playing to ensure the proper skills and objectives have been learned to establish a successful career in law enforcement. Graded S/U. F, S

LAWE 0200 Law Enforcement Internship I: 2 semester hours.

This course includes assignments in jail activities, records management, communications, detective division, and other assignments with a Field Training Officer. PREREQ: Law Enforcement certificate and criteria as a Reserve Level I Officer

LAWE 0201 Law Enforcement Internship II: 3 semester hours.

This course is a continuation of LAWE 0200. PREREQ: LAWE 0200

LAWE 0296 Independent Study: 1-8 semester hour.

Addresses specific learning needs of individuals for the enhancement of knowledge and skills within the program area under the guidance of an instructor. May be repeated. Graded S/U, or may be letter-graded. PREREQ: Permission of the instructor. D

LAWE 0298 Special Topics: 1-8 semester hour.

Addresses the specific needs of industry, enabling students to upgrade technical skills that are not included in the current program curriculum. May be repeated. Graded S/U, or may be letter-graded. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D

LAWE 0298P Prof Development Workshop: 3 semester hours.

New methods and opportunities to enhance and supplement skills. Subject to the approval of the Dean of the student's college, a maximum of eight credits earned in workshops may be applied toward a degree; students taking the courses only for personal development may choose the 0-credit option; those seeking professional development must choose a for-credit option

Faculty

Program Coordinator and Master Instructor

Edwards