The Law Enforcement Professional

Considering a career in law enforcement? Law enforcement officials conduct fascinating and difficult work across all American cities from street to street. To give professionals the most in-depth look at law enforcement possible, this program examines the history, structure, actions and strategies of American police. Students will explore a number of interesting topics including the structure and purpose of federal, state and local police forces, their inner-workings and interconnectivity as well as the various ways each individual force plays a role in the collective effort to are on the front lines of everyday police functions, criminal accountability and the relationship between law enforcement and the community that maintains public order.


The Law Enforcement Professional

Law Enforcement Professionals operate every day inside an ever-evolving world of crime and violence. Facing an array of issues from localized criminal activity to emergency and public health issues that constitute a national or international threat can come up at a moment’s notice, Law Enforcement Professionals are on the front lines of defense for our communities. To this end, all professionals involved in law enforcement from must have an array of applicable skills from combating and preventing crime in the first place, to solving crimes through strategic interviewing and interrogation of involved individuals and proper, legal criminal procedures necessary for the success of the legal system as well.

Recognizing the need for skilled professionals that understand the difficult and highly-nuanced issues authorities face every day, My Ed Today offer a Law Enforcement Professional program to take students through the ins and outs of day-to-day police activity and introduce students to the complex criminal justice system. Students who complete this program will understand various police interviewing and interrogation techniques alongside investigation practices necessary to prevent crime and mitigate potential effects. Moreover, this career track ensures students come away from the program with a firm understanding of the criminal justice system as a whole and the ethical considerations that ensure its proper function every day.


Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Define terms related to law enforcement
  • Examine the organization of law enforcement
  • Examine the roles, functions, and styles of policing
  • Describe the impact that history has had on the current law enforcement system
  • Analyze the use of forensic science and criminalistics in the criminal justice system
  • Examine challenges faced by law enforcement
  • Analyze laws as related to policing
  • Appraise the use of technology in policing
  • Analyze issues related to policing in foreign countries
  • Describe the personal qualities that affect the interview process
  • Research, using articles from the Internet, and describe how to successfully interview and interrogate witnesses
  • Differentiate an interview from an interrogation
  • Formulate a list of questions that can be used in purposeful interrogation
  • Identify the steps in the interview process
  • Compare the traditional interview method with the cognitive interview method
  • Identify the constitutional and legal considerations that must be made during a criminal interrogation
  • Using case studies, analyze the techniques used by officers in obtaining a confession and make suggestions for improvement
  • Describe interview approaches for special populations
  • Use Microsoft Office


Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program.
  • There is a National Certification exam available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam.

National Certification

Upon successful completion of this  program, students would be eligible to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program  will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so.

Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location.