Law Enforcement C.A.

John Ayres

What Is Law Enforcement C.A.?

This certification program prepares individuals to perform the duties of police and public security officers, including patrol and investigative activities, traffic control, crowd control and public relations, witness interviewing, evidence collection and management, basic crime prevention methods, weapon and equipment operation and maintenance, report preparation and other routine law enforcement responsibilities.

Occupation Overview

Criminal Justice graduates may enter fields ranging from protective services, law enforcement and criminology.

Occupational Outlook

Because of the multitude of careers in this field, the outlook is varied. Positions that have a bright outlook include compliance officers and sheriffs. These positions are projected to experience rapid increases in employment with large numbers of job openings over the next several years or are new and emerging occupations in high-growth industries.

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Criminal Justice Careers

Depending on job experience and additional education, graduates with a law enforcement Certificate of Achievement (C.A.) are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to: compliance officer, computer security specialist, correction officer, court clerk, court reporter, police and detectives supervisor, police officer and sheriff.

Salary Outlook

In the state of Missouri, employees working in the criminal justice field earn a mean average of 37,200 per year, depending on education, experience and employer.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

Degree Name: Law Enforcement C.A.
Degree or Program: Criminal Justice
Degree Type: Certificate of Achievement

Complete a minimum of 32 credit hours, including 12 credit hours of general education courses (one course from communication, one course from mathematics, one course from social science, and one course from the electives.

The college grants up to 15 credit hours toward the A.A.S. degree for students who already have completed the 1000-hour course at Eastern Missouri Law Enforcement Training Academy. These credit hours will be granted at the completion of all the other A.A.S. degree requirements. See an academic advisor if you have attended or plan to attend the academy.

General Education Requirements: 12-13

MAT 098 or higher

Beginning Algebra



ENG 101 or
ENG 102 or
ENG 115 or
ENG 125 or
SPE 101

English Composition I
English Composition II or
Technical Writing or 
Business Writing or
Oral Communication 


Social Science

HIS 101 or
HIS 102 or
HIS 115 or
HIS 270 or
POL 101 or
POL 102

U.S. History to 1877
U.S. History Since 1877
U.S. History Since 1945
History of Missouri
American Government
State & Local Government




Microcomputer Applications 3
CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS MUST INCLUDE: (choose three of the following): 9
CRJ 140 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 170 Criminal Law 3
  CRJ 171 Criminal Evidence 3
CRJ 175 Criminology 3
CRJ 201 Criminal Justice: Politics & Policy 3
CRJ 205 Juvenile Justice 3
Law Enforcement Electives (choose from the following) 9
CRJ 101 Introduction to Victimology 3
CRJ 103 Addictive Disease Concepts 3
CRJ 104 Treatment: Alcohol & Drugs 3
CRJ 110 Investigations 3
CRJ 202 Correctional Institutions 3
CRJ 210 Crime Victimization       3
CRJ 224 Constitutional Law 3
CRJ 230 Crisis Intervention 3
CRJ 240 Probation and Parole 3
CRJ 250 Police Administration 3
CRJ 260 Police Community Relations 3
CRJ 266 Internship II  1-6
CRJ 291/292 Mock Trial 6
Other Required Course 2-7
CRJ 265 Internship I 1-6
CRJ 298 Capstone 1



*Students who take CRJ 291 are required to take CRJ 292 as well.

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