The certificate for explorer/cadet pre-law enforcement provides students with an overview of skills needed to perform the duties of a volunteer in law enforcement, a commissioned reserve law enforcement officer and a commissioned law enforcement officer. It also is an overview of the criminal justice system and major skills needed to succeed in law enforcement. These certificates include written, oral and multicultural communications and practical application of knowledge and skills. Students are current or former law enforcement explorers or cadets, or reserve law enforcement employees looking for career or educational advancement. These certificates flow directly into the Associate in Criminal Justice and the AA-DTA degree, allowing students to continue to a four-year institution.
Students must earn a minimum grade of 2.0 in each criminal justice course to obtain this certificate. Students wanting to obtain an AA-DTA while completing their Associate in Criminal Justice must earn a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 and earn a minimum grade of 1.5 in each core requirement and core elective.
NOTE: Students should be aware that certain criminal behavior may prohibit their employment opportunities in many criminal justice occupations. Students are encouraged to research these situations and consult with a Criminal Justice advisor.
†Explorer/Cadet will complete all elements of the on-site academy at a 70 percent proficiency as well as successful completion of all academic components. Students must be sponsored by an accredited law enforcement agency.
*Requires Criminal Justice advisor approval.
** Prerequisites required.