The program consists of four separate 16-hour undergraduate certificates. Each of the certificates is unified by a theme. CODE I is "The Justice Systems", CODE II is "The Officer", CODE III is "The Community", and CODE IV is "The Leaders of Law Enforcement.
Concentrated Officer Development and Education (CODE) Certificate Program
The Justice System
This certificate is designed to provide students with an overview of the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems. When completed, this certificate allows students to see the criminal justice system as a set of interrelated subsystems that sometimes work in opposition to each other, in an attempt to enforce the criminal law. Students will see how the system is constrained by society and the United States constitution.
This certificate is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the history, functioning and issues involved in law enforcement. Students will be exposed to various policing strategies and current issues in law enforcement. Students will also be exposed to various theoretical perspectives that help to understand why individuals engage in deviant or illegal behaviors.
This certificate is designed to provide students with an understanding of how our society responds to those who have been convicted of crimes, including the intensive study of prisons, probation and parole and other criminal sanctions. Additionally, two major social problems- drugs and gangs- are explored.
The Leaders of Law Enforcement
This certificate is designed to provide students with a strong understanding of how criminal justice organizations function, including all the key stress points in the management and organizational structure. The ethical issues inherent in law enforcement are also examined as they relate to the authority and discretion officers have as a result of their occupation. In additional, students will be allowed to pursue electives in personal areas of interest.