Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice program consists of the AA transfer plan for Criminal Justice, the AAS in Criminal Justice with concentrations in law enforcement, corrections, or juvenile justice, and the following certificate: Basic Peace Officer Licensing. Texas requires a four-year degree to qualify as a probation officer or protective service worker. Students must be 21 or older to enter the police academy.

AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science, Certificate Level 1, Associate in Arts

AREA OF STUDY: Public Safety, Transportation & Consumer Services

Public Safety

This program is part of the

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With over 75 law enforcement, 35+ Fire and EMS agencies along with private ambulance services, the Public Safety Center provides basic, intermediate, and advanced certificates and licensing for first responder professionals.

Degrees and Certificates

Program Outcomes

STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO:

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Demonstrate outcomes set forth in TCOLE Course 1000 (WECM statement of end of course outcomes).

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Articulate key concepts in police science and criminal justice.

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Analyze and apply research to Texas Penal Code Law, Code of Criminal Procedure, Family Code, Health and Safety Code, and Transportation Code.

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Demonstrate knowledge of and commitment to law enforcement professional, ethical, and legal obligations.

Program Information

General Requirements

This two-year program prepares students for a career in Law Enforcement. Upon successful completion of the program, students obtain an AAS degree and the opportunity to take the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) State Licensing Exam. This program satisfies all the educational requirements for such agencies as the Houston Police Department and the Department of Public Safety. Most of the coursework may be taken at any of the HCC campuses; however, the last semester must be taken at HCC Northeast Campus.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) allows students to earn only one AAS in Criminal Justice.

In addition, please note that a student may only earn one Occupational Skills Award (OSA) per academic year.

You can not be placed in any Law Enforcement AAS plan until you have completed the TCOLE certificate (Basic Peace Officer Academy).

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.

Texas BPOC Licensing - Requirements

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) establishes eligibility. HCC requires documentation that a cadet is ready for college-level reading and writing prior to admission. A member of our staff will examine your transcript to determine if you meet the academic prerequisites.

The general requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • College-Ready Reading & Writing
  • 21 Years of Age Before Graduation from the Academy
  • Generally No Prior Convictions, Community Supervision, or Deferred Adjudication
  • Examination by a Physician, Including a Drug Screening
  • Examination by a Psychologist
  • Honorable Discharge if Prior Military Service
  • Valid Texas Driver's License
  • United States Citizen
  • Social Security Card

Texas BPOC Licensing - Schedule

  • Full-time: The full-time academy meets Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., for approximately six months.
  • Part-time Day: The part-time day academy meets Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., for approximately ten months.
  • Part-time Evening: The part-time evening academy meets Monday through Friday, 5:30 until 10 p.m., for approximately ten months.

Texas BPOC Licensing - Part-Time Evening Police Academy

The HCC Police Academy has scheduled a part time evening Police Academy (5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.) Those individuals interested in attending are invited to call 713-718-8361 or 713-718-8377. All interested individuals are required to attend a mandatory orientation.

Part-time night orientation

11 a.m., July 19 in room 305 at Codwell Hall. Classes begin at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 28.

The coordinator for this academy class is Sonny Goode; he can be contacted at 713-718-8386 or by e-mail at rodney.jackson@hccs.edu

Texas BPOC Licensing - Part-Time Day Police Academy

The HCC Police Academy has scheduled a half day Police Academy (8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) Those individuals interested in attending are invited to call 713-718-8361 or 713-718-8377. All interested individuals are required to attend a mandatory orientation.

Part-time day orientation
February 1, 2018 at 9A.M. classes start March 19th, 2018.

The coordinator for this academy class is Catheryn Gardner , he can be contact at 713-718-8374 or by e-mail at catheryn.gardner@hccs.edu

Texas BPOC Licensing - Full-Time Police Academy

The HCC Police Academy has scheduled a full-time Police Academy (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) Those individuals interested in attending are invited to call 713-718-8361 or 713-718-8377. All interested individuals are required to attend a mandatory orientation.

Full-time orientation
March 26, 2018 at 9 a.m. in the Northeast campus in the amphitheater. Classes will start on May 7, 2018 8:00 a.m. and end in November of 2018

The coordinator for this academy class is Clint Galloway; he can be contacted at 713-718-8336 or by e-mail at clint.galloway@hccs.edu

Texas BPOC Licensing - Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)

Test Site

State Licensing testing for individuals who have received TCOLE endorsement, contact Dr. Chris Carmean at 713.718.8377 to make an appointment. Bring photo ID and $25.00 testing fee.

Employment

There are 14,243 Police Patrol Officers employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 7.6% over the next four years.

The estimated annual job openings is 785 jobs a year.
Median Wages - $26.81 hourly, $56,000 annual

Program Information

What are the requirements to enroll?

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) establishes eligibility. HCC requires documentation a cadet that is competent at college-level reading and writing prior to admission. An academic advisor will examine your transcript to determine if you meet the academic prerequisite. The general requirements are listed below:

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. College Ready Reading & Writing
  3. 21 Years of Age Before Graduation from the Academy
  4. Generally No Prior Convictions, Community Supervision, or Deferred Adjudication
  5. Examination by a Physician Including a Drug Screen
  6. Examination by a Psychologist
  7. Honorable Discharge if Prior Military Service
  8. Valid Texas Drivers License
  9. United States Citizen
  10. Social Security Card

Is financial aid available?

The academy costs approximately $2,000. Follow the links below to connect with HCC’s Financial Aid Office, HCC’s Veteran Affairs Office, and the HCC Foundation. HCC also offers payment plans and accepts major credit cards. Besides HCC, Workforce Solutions is another alternative for financial aid.

Tuition Waivers

Active police officers are eligible for tuition waiver.

For more information, contact Dr. Chris Carmean at 713.718.8377.

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