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Police Technology (degree)

Degree offered: Associate in Applied Science

Credits Required: 65/66 (2017-2018 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.

Program Outcomes image

Graduates will be able to


  1. Be employed in a state, federal, or local police organization. 
  2. Successfully pass the state certification exam.  
  3. Successfully complete  ACT 120 certification.
  4. Advance their career in police technology.

Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 17 Credits

PLIC 103
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
PLIC 105
Physical & Emotional Readiness
This course covers physical fitness training and stress management. Class emphasis is on physically preparing students to meet the State Police and Training Commission standards for municipal police physical fitness. The class promotes development of life-long physical activity. 1-3-2
PLIC 120
Laws and Procedures
This course covers such topics as criminal law, constitutional law, laws of arrest, civil laws, liquor laws, controlled substance law, search and seizure, and environmental crimes. 5-3-6
PLIC 128
Defense Tactics&Arrested Persons
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. 1-6-3
PLIC 135
Motor Vehicle Law and Accident and
In this course, the PA Motor Vehicle Code is studied in detail including DUI Enforcement/Impaired Operator/Intoxilyzer Operation. Collision investigation, collision scene traffic direction, and control of hazardous materials are also covered. 3-3-4

Second Semester - 18 credits

PLIC 145
Patrol Procedures and Operations
This course will cover the role of the patrol in policing the community including procedures, activities and incidents, monitoring and controlling vehicular and pedestrian traffic, vehicle stop techniques, roadblocks and barricades, crimes in progress, crowd control and civil disorder, and crime prevention and reduction. 2-3-3
PLIC 155
Principles of Criminal Investigatio
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. Report writing and note taking as well as courtroom testimony and demeanor will be reviewed. 2-6-4
PLIC 160
Human Relations
This course discusses the perceptions of human behavior and discusses communication, cultural diversity, ethnic intimidation, and bias crimes. 2-0-2
PLIC 162
Crisis Mgmt. and Families in Crisis
This course deals with such topics as: behavior management, crisis intervention, dispute intervention, conflict management, recognizing special needs, and hostage situations, as well as juvenile law and justice. 3-0-3
PLIC 165
Basic Firearms
This course covers the basic information on handling, shooting, and maintaining firearms. It includes 72 hours of practice shooting on a combat range. 1-6-3
PLIC 167
First Aid & CPR
This course covers emergency response training. 1-3-2
PLIC 170
Operation of Patrol Vehicles
This course will instruct students in preventive patrol tactics and emergency vehicle operations. 0-3-1

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 15/16 Credits

CIST 100
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
CRIM 120
Narcotics and Drug Abuse
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
PSYC 101
General Psychology
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
WRIT 101
English Composition
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
MATH 129
College Algebra with Review
The functional approach to algebra is stressed with attention to the properties of the real number system; linear functions and equations; exponents; radicals; functions; systems of equations; and quadratic equations. Fundamental algebra concepts are reviewed and strengthened through assignments on MyMathLab. Additional topics may be added at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or appropriate high school records. 4-0-4
MATH 130
College Algebra
The functional approach to algebra is stressed with attention to the properties of the real number system; linear functions and equations; exponents; radicals; functions; systems of equations; complex numbers; and quadratic equations. Additional topics may be added at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or appropriate high school records. 3-0-3
MATH 126
This course is an introduction to a field whose ideas and concepts pervade modern society and whose importance in business, technology, science and research in general is considerable and ever growing. The course consists of three parts, namely, descriptive statistics, probability and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or high school records. 4-0-4
BIOL 110
Human Ecology & Heredity
This course studies the interaction of man with his environment. Such topics as overpopulation, pollution, behavior, drugs, and evolution will be discussed in terms of how they affect the well being of man. Resource speakers and field trips will be an integral part of the course. No prior science background is necessary. 3-0-3
CHEM 105
Principles of Biological Chemistry
This course introduces students to the compounds of carbon and the role that these compounds play in living organisms 3-0-3

Fourth Semester - 15 Credits

COMM 110
Interpersonal Communication
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
COMM 201
Public Speaking
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
CRIM 125
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
LITR 210
Concepts of Literature
This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition. Honors Option Available Concepts of Literature Honors explores literary art forms, both traditional, fiction, poetry and drama and non-traditional, film, virtual reality and gaming as well as the international cultures and philosophical approaches that create and interpret such works. Significant contributions to each literary form will be analyzed, resulting in student produced compositions, multi-media presentations and student lead discussions. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department. 3-0-3
POLS 101
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
PSYC 208
Abnormal Psychology
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