Justice Studies - Police & Law Enforcement Online Certificate

Is a Police and Law Enforcement Online Certificate Program Right for You?

If you are interested in pursuing an entry-level position in law enforcement or if you are currently working in the field and looking to upgrade your skills, Police and Law Enforcement online certificate program at Southern New Hampshire University might be the right program for you. The online Police and Law Enforcement Certificate program delivers the training you need.

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Why the Online Police and Law Enforcement Certificate Program at SNHU?

As a private, nonprofit accredited university, Southern New Hampshire University focuses on ensuring that you learn the necessary skills to succeed. Whether you enroll in the Justice Studies Police and Law Enforcement Certificate online or through our Manchester campus, you will benefit from an SNHU education:

Criminal Justice vs. Justice Studies

Unlike traditional criminal justice programs, our interdisciplinary approach goes beyond courses in criminology and law enforcement. Our Justice Studies Police and Law Enforcement online certificate provides a broader list of course options that offer students a sweeping overview of the American justice system.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Justice Studies certificate programs often complete their AA or BA in Justice Studies online. Those that are already in the workforce are better prepared for career advancement in policing, law enforcement, federal service agencies, terrorism prevention, the courts, corrections, dispute resolution, victim advocacy, the military and more. Students seeking a career in law enforcement should realize that additional training may be required depending on the desired role.

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Justice Studies Online Certificate Program in Police & Law Enforcement

Through a carefully selected program of study, students have the opportunity to discover a broad scope of the American justice system.

Policing & Law Enforcement Certificate Required Courses

JUS-101: Introduction to Criminal Justice
This course covers the nature, scope and impact of crime in the United States, independent and interdependent operations and procedures of police, courts and corrections, and introductory theories of crime and delinquency. The course introduces the justice model in a systematic way whereby students delve into the numerous components of the justice system including law enforcement, legal and judicial process and correctional operations. Career opportunities will be fully covered throughout the course.
JUS-102: American Policing
An introduction to the police system in America, which is the gateway to the criminal justice process. Topics considered include the historical foundations of police processes, occupational roles and tasks of law enforcement, and the nature and designs of typical, as well as innovative, police systems. Perennial problems of policing, particularly as it relates to community interaction, are also essential components of the course.
POL-306: The American Legal Tradition
This course offers a broad introduction to the American legal tradition, including the structure and function of the courts, the legal profession, legal education, and the politics of judicial selection. As an introduction to what it means to "think like a lawyer" in the United States, students learn how to write parts of a predictive legal memorandum of the type that first-year law students learn how to write, in which they analyze a legal issue of concern to hypothetical clients by applying the reasoning and conclusions in selected judicial opinions to the facts of the clients' case.
GOV-110 or POL-210

Students may select either JUS-101 or POL-306.

Select two (2) of the following courses not otherwise completed as a requirement for the B.S in Justice Studies major or other Justice Studies concentration/certificate:

JUS-104: Introduction to Security
A basic overview of private sector justice is the course's chief aim. Types of security operations and functions comprises much of the course coverage including perimeter and physical security, intelligence gathering, retail and industrial security, terrorism and executive protection as well as security in select business and industrial centers. Careers, regulation and licensure, and the debate on professionalization are other areas of major intellectual concern.
JUS-201: Criminal Investigation
This course is a comprehensive examination of civil and criminal investigations in both public and private modes, including most major felony processes and relevant civil actions. Focus is on the fundamentals of the investigative process and the range of skills necessary for successful performance and management of investigations, including evidence gathering and analysis, witness assessment, field techniques, and linkage between investigative and prosecutorial agencies.
JUS-202: Industrial and Retail Security
This course covers a wide array of issues relevant to the protection of industrial, retail and commercial interests, including administrative and managerial aspects of the security field in both the public and private sector; consideration of unique security management problems arising from labor disputes, demonstration, civil disorders and riots, white collar and organized crime and industrial espionage. Management issues peculiar to organizations which operate under constraints imposed by federal and state regulatory agencies is also dealt with. Tactical steps and strategies to combat the various forms of criminality in the commercial marketplace will be analyzed and discussed.
JUS-345: Probation and Parole
This course examines the theory and practices of probation and parole with juvenile and adult offenders, including: release philosophy, bail and petition, hearings on grant, revocation or denial, alternative community based corrections and legal issues that emerge in award revocation or imposition of probation and parole.
JUS-394: Problems in Policing
This course involves discussion and study of specific problems of law enforcement and policing in contemporary American society. It emphasizes the development, nature and function of law enforcement as it relates to public criminal justice rather than private sector justice. Topical coverage consists of ethics, corruption, deadly force, and civil liabilities and other dilemmas commonly faced in the modern police system.
JUS-465: Police Organization and Management
The study of command-level problems and trends in police organizations and management. Principles of organization, control, planning and leadership relating to police agencies are freely assessed. Topics consist of personnel, budget, policy making, crime response tactics and measurements of some.
JUS-466: Homeland Security
The goal of this course is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the strategic, political, legal, and organizational challenges associated with the defense of the U.S. homeland, the efforts that are under way to meet these challenges, and possible policy options. The course starts by examining the range of potential threats to the U.S. homeland, focusing on potential terrorist acts. The course then examines strategies and means for addressing these threats, including both military and non-military options. The course goes on to analyze organizational issues and impediments to effective policy coordination. Finally, the course addresses the implications of homeland security challenges and policies for constitutional rights, legal protections, and civil liberties.

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