(Offered at the Levelland Campus and Lubbock Downtown Center)
The Law Enforcement Technology program, Peace Officer specialization, is specifically designed to prepare the student to begin a career with local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. This educational program develops the skills needed to begin and progress through a career in law enforcement. Students seeking a career that requires a baccalaureate degree should refer to the Criminal Justice program. A student who completes this curriculum will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree. To qualify for the A.A.S. degree, the student must complete a Capstone Experience in the final semester of the program. Upon completion of all degree requirements, qualified students may receive an endorsement of eligibility to sit for the state licensure exam to be a Texas Peace Officer. Students who complete the recommended courses listed in the transfer guide for Criminal Justice and who then take the police officer academy series may be eligible to receive the A.A.S. degree in Law Enforcement Technology. Consult program advisors for more information.
The program also awards an Enhanced Skills Certificate upon completion of additional technical courses.
Texas commissioned Peace Officers may receive credit for the Peace Officer Academy series (CJLE 1135, CJLE 1136, CJLE 1137, CJLE 1138, CJLE 1172, CJLE 1211, CJLE 1506, CJLE 1512, CJLE 1518 and CJLE 1524 ) once they have completed all other degree requirements.
The advisors in the Law Enforcement Technology program are Kenny Burns, Assistant Professor of Law Enforcement; Mark Wittie, Instructor in Law Enforcement; and John Barnes, Instructor in Law Enforcement.