Degree: Associate of Applied Science in Protective Services Technology in Police Science
Length: Four-semester (two-year) program
Purpose: The curriculum in Police Science has been designed to expand the knowledge of students so they may seek employment in the various fields of law enforcement. This curriculum is applicable to both the preparatory student and the active police officer. If students wish to pursue a four-year degree, many of the courses will transfer to a four-year institution. WCC has articulation agreements with some four-year institutions where the student can enroll as a junior.
Local, State, and Federal Law Enforcement Officers
Commercial and Industrial Security
Transfer to Four Year College
Academy Tract: A student who meets the requirements may select the academy tract which means he/she can complete three semesters at WCC and the last semester at the New River Criminal Justice Training Academy. The student would have to be approved for academy training during the second year of the program (Academy Approval). Training costs would be the responsibility of the student. See Program Head for details.
Admission Requirements: In addition to the general requirements for admission to the college, entry into the Police Science program requires the following:
- A personal interview with a member of the Administration of Justice Faculty.
- Competency in English and Math Essentials MTE 1-3 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent.
- Other factors to consider are physical condition, hearing, color vision, sight, weight, and moral character.
Program Requirements: Approximately one-half of the curriculum will include courses in Administration of Justice with the remaining courses in related areas, general education, and electives. Instruction will include both the theoretical concepts and practical applications needed for future success in law enforcement or related activities. Students are urged to consult with their faculty advisor and the Student Services Office in planning their program and selecting electives. Upon satisfactory completion of the four semester program, the graduate will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science Degree with a major in Police Science.
A coordinated internship is required of all students working toward the Associate Degree in Police Science unless waived by the college in lieu of approved course work, provided student is or has been employed by a criminal justice agency. The program is designed to broaden the classroom experience through assignment in public governmental criminal justice agencies for 180 hours during one semester. Students should gain first-hand knowledge and greater understanding of the network of criminal justice agencies and how they serve the community. Students should also integrate and apply knowledge, theory, and understanding derived from foundation courses to the practical solutions to problems encountered during their internship.
The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years