Protective Services Law Enforcement

  • Instructor Todd Heckman | East Campus | CIP Code 43.0107

    The Protective Services – Law Enforcement program provides students with a comprehensive public safety education. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in law enforcement, criminal justice, and emergency management. More specifically, students will study: criminal justice system, including juvenile justice and delinquency, corrections, and judiciary; law enforcement/police science including PA crimes and vehicle codes, criminal behavior, investigations and evidence/forensics, patrol, traffic and crowd control procedures; physical and mental fitness including self-discipline, defensive and arrest techniques and the use of force continuum; and emergency management.

    Students will apply and refine their communication and computer skills through report writing, research, and information retrieval. The curriculum will include discussions and case studies on professionalism, ethics, cultural diversity, and conflict resolution. The program combines lecture, practical application, and clinical experiences. Supervised field trips and clinical experiences will include: municipal police, crime laboratories, county jails, detention and rehabilitation centers, and courthouses. This program provides an excellent foundation from which to pursue college and ultimately a career in public safety.

    Career Pathways:

    Safety Inspector / Specialist
    Police & Sheriff Patrol Officer
    Security Officer
    Dispatcher: Police, Fire, & Ambulance


Protective Services Law Enforcement
  • Industry Certifications:

    EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
    Hazardous Materials Awareness, Hazardous Materials Operations
    Product Control
    NIMS IS 100, 200, 700, 800,
    OSHA-CareerSafe (10-Hour) – Health
    Monadnock Expandable Baton (MEB)
    Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol Training (OCAT)
    Practical & Tactical Handcuffing (PATH)
    CPR / AED

    College Advanced Credits:

    Berks Technical Institute - Up to 53 quarter credits
    Central Pennsylvania College - Up to 12 credits
    Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg - Up to 9 credits
    Pennsylvania College of Technology - Up to 3 credits
    Pittsburgh Technical Institute - Up to 4 credits
    Reading Area Community College - Up to 9 credits

    Program Requirements/Costs

    There are specific costs for textbooks, tools, supplies, uniforms, certifications; and for some programs, medical and criminal clearances that students are obligated to pay upon acceptance. These costs change annually.

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    ο Reading proficiency is critical
    o Algebra I or Geometry
    o Must demonstrate high level of emotional maturity
    o Disciplinary record must be outstanding
    o Must demonstrate a pattern of respect and self control at all times
    o Integrity & honesty
    o Problem-solving / critical thinking skills
    o Ability to work independently and in a team
    o Effective written / verbal communication skills
    o Physical & mental fitness – self discipline
    o Hand-eye coordination