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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions2018-11-06T17:25:53-05:00

POL 100 Critical Aspects of Policing I (3) DD. Utilizing concepts of substantive criminal law and criminal procedure, students will learn the appropriate application of criminal statutes as well as alternative methods of resolution. Topics include tactical communication and methods for overcoming communication obstacles when dealing with highly emotional matters commonly encountered in policing. Also examined will be various technical aspects of patrol operations and criminal investigations. This course will be one of a series of courses designed to meet Missouri POST requirements for a Class A License for Peace Officer Certification. (Note: A Peace Officer License does not empower the recipient with the authority to arrest or enforce any of the laws of the State of Missouri. This will occur only after the recipient has been employed and commissioned by a law enforcement agency.) Prerequisites: Permission of the Law Enforcement Academy Training Director.

POL 130 Critical Aspects of Policing II (3) DD. Builds on the foundations of Critical Aspects of Policing I. Through the integration of theory and practice students will continue to develop expertise for dealing with problems encountered by law enforcement officers. Emphasis will be placed on the development of proficiency and professionalism in interpersonal perspectives, as well as legal and technical areas of policing. This course will be one of a series of courses designed to meet Missouri POST requirements for a Class A License for Peace Officer Certification. (Note: A Peace Officer License does not empower the recipient with the authority to arrest or enforce any of the laws of the State of Missouri. This will occur only after the recipient has been employed and commissioned by a law enforcement agency.)

POL 150 Police Methods and Operations (6-12) DD. This course will cover a broad range of topics and utilize field experiences combined with critical thinking techniques to reinforce theory. Subjects will include legal aspects of policing, fundamentals of personal health and safety, methods of public service and protection, and use laboratory and practical experiences to develop expertise in the use of instrumentation and equipment commonly employed by law enforcement. This course will be one of a series of courses designed to meet Missouri POST requirements for a Class A License for Peace Officer Certification. (Note: A Peace Officer License does not empower the recipient with the authority to arrest or enforce any of the laws of the State of Missouri. This will occur only after the recipient has been employed and commissioned by a law enforcement agency.) Prerequisites: Permission of the Law Enforcement Academy Training Director.

The following areas will be covered during the academy course of instruction:
Interpersonal Perspectives
  • domestic violence
  • ethics and professionalism
  • human behavior
Technical Studies
  • patrol
  • jail population management
  • traffic accident and law enforcement
  • criminal investigation
  • report writing
  • juvenile justice procedures
  • first aid (first responder)
  • homeland security
Legal Studies
  • constitutional law
  • Missouri statutory law
  • traffic law
Skill Development
  • defensive tactics
  • firearms
  • driver training
  • practical application exercises
  • physical training and well being