Police Technology (degree)
Degree offered: Associate in Applied Science
Credits Required: 65/66 (2019-2020 Academic Year)
The Beaver County Municipal Police Training Academy partners with the College to provide vocational and academic training leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree. The program is designed to meet Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission requirements through the Beaver County Municipal Police Training Academy and academic degree requirements through CCBC.
The Police Technology curriculum provides the 919 hours of training mandated by the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission in anticipation of employment as a municipal police officer.
Upon completion of the certificate portion of the program, graduates can apply for a waiver of Act 120 training, and upon successful completion of the State Certification Exam can be employed as municipal police officers, probation officers, campus police officers, park rangers, and federal law enforcement officers.
Graduates will be able to
- Be employed in a state, federal, or local police organization.
- Successfully pass the state certification exam.
- Successfully complete ACT 120 certification.
- Advance their career in police technology.
Curriculum - 1st Year
First Semester - 17 Credits
Introduction to the Academy & Intro
Introduces the student to the Academy, its mission, rules and regulations, and the role and function of the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC). Law enforcement in Pennsylvania and the PA Criminal Justice System are introduced including history and principles and ethic and moral issues. 2-0-2
This course covers such topics as criminal law, constitutional law, laws of arrest, civil laws, liquor laws, controlled substances law, search and seizure and environmental crimes. 5-0-5
Phys & Emotional Readiness I
This course covers physical fitness training, stress management & human relations. Class emphasis is on physical, preparing students to meet the State Police and Training Commission standards for municipal police physical fitness and promoting effective human interaction. The class also promotes development of life-long physical activity. 1-0-1
This course covers the use of force and the legal issues involved. It also reviews the practical application of tactical self-defense. 1-0-1
This course introduces the provision of the Vehicle Code and the enforcement capabilities and responsibilities police have within the guidelines of the law. 4-0-4
This course focuses on the responsibilities of an officer on patrol, including maintaining order, community relations, handling emergency situations and calls for service, responding to crimes-in-progress, conducting preliminary investigations and field interviews, securing crimes scenes and processing evidence, and investigating and responding to motor vehicle accidents. 3-2-4
Second Semester - 13 credits
This course will focus on the officer as the first responder, how to secure the crime scene, interviewing/interrogation, identifying and collecting evidence, and the identification of suspects. Various crimes will be discussed. 3-0-3
Physical & Emotional Readiness II
This course covers physical fitness training, stress management & human relations. Class emphasis is on physical preparing students to meet the State Police and Training Commission standards for municipal police physical fitness and promoting effective human interaction. The class also promotes development of life-long physical activity. 0-6-3
Def Tactics II & Hand Arrested Per
This course covers the use of force and the legal issues involved. It also reviews the practical application of tactical self-defense. The mechanics of arrest, restraint and control are reviewed including handcuffing, transporting prisoners, custody of the mentally ill, booking and lockup, booking and lockup of juveniles and special problems. 1-2-2
Responding to Special Needs
This course covers the impact a police officer's actions can have on someone with behavioral issues or in a mental health crisis. 1-0-1
This course covers emergency response training. 1-2-2
This course will instruct students in preventive patrol tactics and emergency vehicle operations. 1-2-2
Third Semester - 5 Credits
Law Enforcement Scenarios
This course brings together everything covered and learned in the previous courses. Students will respond to a variety of scenarios to include domestic violence, mental health/special needs, suspicious person, low risk/unkown risk vehicle stop, DUI vehicle stop, burglary/robbery-in-progress, landlord/tenant dispute, and juvenile arrest. Each student will participate in a minimum of eight different scenarios, either individually or as a two-officer team. 1-0-1
This course covers the basic information on handling, shooting and maintaining firearms. It includes 124 hours of practice shooting & qualifying on a combat range. 1-6-4
Curriculum - 2nd Year
Fourth Semester - 15/16 Credits
Introduction to Information Tech
A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Honors Option Available Introduction to Information Technology honors introduces concepts related to global computing concepts together with MicroSoft Office to develop documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Through a series of projects students will learn how to develop integrated applications correlated other honors courses. 3-0-3
This course includes the study of narcotics, dangerous drugs, and the people who abuse them; implementation, evaluation, and coordination of drug control programs; and consideration of private treatment programs, civil commitment procedures, public education programs, and medical treatment programs. 3-0-3
This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders. 3-0-3 Honors Option Availaible This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics included the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion, and psychological disorders. 3-0-3
Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director. Honors Option Available English Composition Honor students will practice expository and persuasive discourse in writing and learning the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of a sound thesis for projects concerning topics of global or international significance. 3-0-3
Fifth Semester | 15 Credits
Provides an introduction to the communication process that occurs between people. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, maintain, and evaluate dyadic relationships through language, perception, self-disclosure, listening, verbal and nonverbal communication. Emphasis will be placed on building effective and ethical interpersonal relations in an intercultural context utilizing various media. 3-0-3
The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. Honors Option Available Public Speaking Honors emphasizes speech preparation, and delivery, with special attention paid to crafting effective academic and professional presentations on global and international issues. Speeking experiences and presentations will be designed by individuals and groups and presented to the CCBC community, the public and other appropriate audiences. 3-0-3
Organization, objectives, and functions of a correctional agency will be studied. Principles of Administration relating to the sound and efficient operation of correctional facilities will be discussed with emphasis on the special problems encountered in the field. 3-0-3
American National Government
This course considers the evolution of the principles, form, and operation of our governmental systems with special emphasis on constitutional issues and the various means for the resolution of conflicts. 3-0-3
The course provides a foundation for understanding abnormal behavior. The class examines the nature of mental disorders and the approaches used to classify and treat them. Prerequisite: PSYC101 3-0-3