The law enforcement program provides students the skill set and knowledge necessary to prepare to enter the law enforcement field as well as provide promotional opportunities for those currently employed in law enforcement. This program, designed with the assistance and support of surrounding law enforcement agencies, offers a competitive advantage to potential law enforcement employees as a precursor or supplement to police academy training. This program will enhance critical communications skills, computer skills, and knowledge of the legal system and current legislation.
The Certificate of Proficiency in Jail Standards is designed to prepare the student to work in the detention facility or corrections setting in the State of Arkansas. Students in this course will be provided knowledge and skills required by Arkansas Criminal Detention Standards. Topics include Arkansas Jail Standards, law, ethics, testifying in court, report writing, search procedures, defensive tactics (will include being sprayed with pepper spray), fire safety, CPR, handcuffing, fingerprinting, and interacting with inmates.
Students who pass a criminal background check (no felony convictions), complete 90% of all classes and laboratories, and earn a grade of 70% or better will also have the opportunity to be certified as a "Jailer" by the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training (CLEST).
The Certificate of Proficiency in Dispatcher Telecommunications is designed to prepare students to work in call centers operated by municipalities, private police, security firms or other public safety agencies. Public safety telecommunications operators (or dispatchers), work with the police, emergency medical personnel and fire departments to direct first-responder services when they are needed in critical situations.
Students who successfully complete 90% of all classes and laboratories, earn a grade of 70% or better, and pass a criminal background check (no felony convictions), will also have the opportunity to be certified as a "Police Dispatcher" by the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training (CLEST).
Students who hold either of these credentials and are 18-20 years of age are provided a path into the law enforcement work arena which will help them pursue entering the profession after they become 21 years of age as a law enforcement officer.