Law Enforcement

James "Jim" Seaman, MS, Chair
Phone: (419) 995-8386
Email: seaman.j@RhodesState.edu
Office: 145H Tech Lab

Professions in criminal justice are on the threshold of a new era that will bring with it greater demands from the community for more highly qualified personnel. The opportunities for well-educated and trained individuals are vast, and horizons are constantly expanding.

The Criminal Justice Program at Rhodes State College is designed to prepare those individuals who are seeking entry-level positions, especially in local, and state criminal justice agencies, as well as public and private security agencies. Criminal Justice associate degree graduates planning to continue their education at a four-year institution will find easy transfer to most institutions.

The criminal justice program at Rhodes State College offers students options to concentrate on one of three different pathways including probation and parole, policing or cybercrime/digital forensics. Each of these pathways includes general education courses and core criminal justice course before choosing one of the pathways. Students will complete their chosen pathway in the final semester of their second year.

Rhodes State College also offers the Ohio Basic Peace Officer Training Academy through the Criminal Justice Program. The Academy has special admission requirements which include having a valid driver’s license, be twenty-one by the end of the academy, and no felony or domestic violence convictions. All candidates must complete a fitness test administered under the direction of the academy commander prior to acceptance into the academy. Students who do not meet the age requirement are encouraged to enroll in the academic degree program until age requirement is met.

Ohio Peace Officer Training for Certification cannot be taken through distance education. All OPOTA training must be taken in the classroom. Please contact the Chair for further clarification.

Technical Standards

See here for details.
 

 

Law Enforcement Major

Policing Specialization

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Structured Course Sequence (4 Semester Plan)

First Year
First SemesterHours
SDE 1010 First Year Experience 1
COM 1110 English Composition 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
LAW 1130Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
LAW 1660Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
 Term Hours13
Second Semester
MTH 1151
   or MTH 1260
Quantitative Reasoning
   or Statistics
3
SOC 1010 Sociology 3
COM 2213Verbal Judo 3
LAW 1880Report Writing for Criminal Justice 3
SPN 1010
   or ASL 1010
Beginning Spanish Language I
   or American Sign Language I
3
 Term Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
LAW 1210Criminology 3
LAW 2020Criminal Law 3
LAW 2200Juvenile Delinquency 3
SOC 1320American Cultural Diversity 3
LAW 2250Terrorism, Intelligence and Homeland Security 3
LAW 2590Law Enforcement Practicum 2
 Term Hours17
Second Semester
LAW 2120Criminal Investigation 4
LAW 2090Social Issues in Policing 3
LAW 2080Criminal Evidence and Procedure 4
LAW 2060Policing in the 21st Century 3
LAW 2150   Criminal Justice Capstone 1
 Term Hours15
 Total Hours 60

Probation and Parole Specialization

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Structured Course Sequence (4 Semester Plan)

First Year
First SemesterHours
SDE 1010 First Year Experience 1
COM 1110 English Composition 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
LAW 1130Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
LAW 1660Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
 Term Hours13
Second Semester
MTH 1151
   or MTH 1260
Quantitative Reasoning
   or Statistics
3
SOC 1010 Sociology 3
COM 2213Verbal Judo 3
LAW 1880Report Writing for Criminal Justice 3
SPN 1010
   or ASL 1010
Beginning Spanish Language I
   or American Sign Language I
3
 Term Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
LAW 1210Criminology 3
LAW 2020Criminal Law 3
LAW 2200Juvenile Delinquency 3
SOC 1320American Cultural Diversity 3
LAW 2250Terrorism, Intelligence and Homeland Security 3
 Term Hours15
Second Semester
COR 2600Correctional Supervision 4
COR 2230Probation and Parole 3
COR 2570Case Management and Counseling 4
COR 2720 Special Needs Clients 4
COR 2500Practicum 1-2
COR 2150   Corrections Capstone 1
 Term Hours17-18
 Total Hours 60-61

Cybercrime Specialization

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Structured Course Sequence (4 Semester Plan)

First Year
First SemesterHours
SDE 1010 First Year Experience 1
COM 1110 English Composition 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
LAW 1130Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
LAW 1660Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
 Term Hours13
Second Semester
MTH 1151
   or MTH 1260
Quantitative Reasoning
   or Statistics
3
SOC 1010 Sociology 3
COM 2213Verbal Judo 3
LAW 1880Report Writing for Criminal Justice 3
SPN 1010
   or ASL 1010
Beginning Spanish Language I
   or American Sign Language I
3
 Term Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
LAW 1210Criminology 3
LAW 2020Criminal Law 3
LAW 2200Juvenile Delinquency 3
SOC 1320American Cultural Diversity 3
LAW 2250Terrorism, Intelligence and Homeland Security 3
 Term Hours15
Second Semester
LAW 2600Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism 3
LAW 2620White Collar Crime 3
LAW 2710Digital Forensics 1 4
LAW 2720Digital Forensics 2 4
LAW 2590Law Enforcement Practicum 2
LAW 2150   Criminal Justice Capstone 1
 Term Hours17
 Total Hours 60

Portfolio course

Capstone course

1If planning to pursue a bachelor degree, choose from one of the OTM/TAG approved Math courses. See MTH courses in Course Description section of this catalog.

See here for Portfolio and Capstone information.

Prerequisites:
Students should check course prerequisites before registering. Prerequisites are listed in the Course Tab.

LAW 1130 — Introduction to Criminal Justice
3 Credit hours  

Explores the functions and interactions of law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and corrections. Upon course completion, the student should be able to explain the process from the point of the crime occurring through release from a correctional agency. Emphasis will be placed on the funneling process in the justice system.
Transfer: TAG.

LAW 1210 — Criminology
3 Credit hours  

Studies the nature of the factors of crime, criminal behavior, and prevention. A primary emphasis will be placed on the psychological and sociological factors of the problem. Other aspects to be addressed are criminal topologies involving the street criminal in addition to the white-collar criminal and cyber criminals.
Transfer: TAG.

LAW 1540 — Constitutional Issues
3 Credit hours  

Provides a functional basis in the practical application of constitutional issues confronting today's law enforcement officer. The course shall include all major amendments to the Bill of Rights that have influence on the law enforcement officer's conduct in both substantive and procedural matters.

LAW 1660 — Ethics in Criminal Justice
3 Credit hours  

Examines ethical theories and their application to current issues, controversies, and professional scenarios in law, crime, and justice. It introduces students to the foundations of the study of ethics and morality; examines prominent moral and ethical themes, conflicts, and struggles in criminology and criminal justice; and explores the conceptual and practical value of key ethical concepts, principles, and arguments.
Corequisites: COM 1110, LAW 1130.

LAW 1880 — Report Writing for Criminal Justice
3 Credit hours  

Emphasizes an all-inclusive system of report writing that is characterized by following a methodical process from arrival at a crime scene to presentation in court. Course utilizes presentation of information, video, scenarios, and practical exercises. You will be taken through the report-writing process in three methodical phases. These phases are called the "crawl, walk, and run" method. Each phase builds on the knowledge gained from the previous phase.
Prerequisites: COM 1110, LAW 1130.

LAW 1990 — Independent Study in LAW
1-5 Credit hours  

Assists students who wish to work independently of other students on a one to one basis with the instructor on a project entailing reading, writing, and discussion. The subject matter is set by the instructor and student and will relate to the criminal justice field.

LAW 2020 — Criminal Law
3 Credit hours  

Studies the aspects of criminal law as they relate to the law enforcement officer. Included are studies of elements and proof in crimes of frequent concern, procedural consideration of criminal law and rules of law.

LAW 2040 — Criminal Evidence and Procedure
3 Credit hours  

Studies the rules of evidence and criminal procedure, arrest, search and seizure, role playing with attorneys, witness testimony, kinds of evidence and admissibility of evidence in court.

LAW 2050 — Traffic Enforcement
3 Credit hours  

Provides an in-depth study of the procedure and objectives in accident investigation and prevention. In addition, there will be an emphasis on the practical aspects of traffic control and enforcement of traffic laws.

LAW 2060 — Policing in the 21st Century
3 Credit hours  

Combines the theory and practical applications of police practices, drawing on the personal accounts of current and former police officers. This course covers all major areas of police field operations, including patrolling, investigations, crime mapping, community policing, hot pursuit issues, communications, gangs, and drugs.
Prerequisites: COM 1110, LAW 1130.

LAW 2080 — Criminal Evidence and Procedure
4 Credit hours  

Studies the rules of evidence and criminal procedure, arrest, search and seizure, role playing with attorneys, witness testimony, kinds of evidence and admissibility of evidence in court.
Prerequisites: COM 1110, LAW 1130.

LAW 2090 — Social Issues in Policing
3 Credit hours  

Includes a brief history of policing to present day law Emphasis will be placed on the officer and community involvement. Topics to be covered include community oriented policing, ethical issues, community problems such as victimless crimes and officer stress. Students will be expected to participate in role playing.

LAW 2120 — Criminal Investigation
4 Credit hours  

Explores methods of investigation, report writing, crime scene search techniques, evidence documentation and collection procedures, fingerprint dusting and lifting techniques, as well as interview and interrogation styles and criminal case preparation.
Prerequisites: COM 1110.

LAW 2150 — Criminal Justice Capstone
1 Credit hour  

Demonstrates theoretical knowledge and applies it to practical real world scenarios. This course will include an e-portfolio self-growth/awareness writing assignment and an exit evaluation of critical thinking and writing.
Prerequisites: COM 1110.

LAW 2200 — Juvenile Delinquency
3 Credit hours  

Explores the sociological analysis of the delinquency situation in the United States, with specific attention to theoretical perspectives and causal interpretations. Examination of numerous factors on delinquent behavior and on the production of a delinquent personality, patterns of delinquent behavior, institutional efforts at control and treatment and legal methods of dealing with delinquents.

LAW 2250 — Terrorism, Intelligence and Homeland Security
3 Credit hours  

Introduces domestic and foreign terrorism and international responses. Drawing on current research, it provides a balanced approach to understanding the issues we face as a nation, including securing the country from threats while still safeguarding civil and personal liberties. Simultaneously historical and contemporary, this course interrelates terrorism, intelligence, and homeland security by focusing on people, ideas, organizations, and movements as well as new issues in the field.
Prerequisites: COM 1110, LAW 1130.

LAW 2500 — Law Enforcement Practicum
1-2 Credit hours  

Provides on the job training under the direction of local criminal justice officials. It is given on an individual basis with evaluation made by the Chair of the Criminal Justice program. A total of 210 hours is required. This course is graded S/U.
Prerequisites: Must have completed one semester prior to taking course.

LAW 2530 — Patrol Administration
3 Credit hours  

Explores the contemporary local law enforcement agency, its functions, structure, and operational techniques. Principles of organization, staffing, budgeting, controlling, coordination, planning and research will be presented as will the development and maintenance of liaison between agencies.
Prerequisites: Second Year Students.

LAW 2590 — Law Enforcement Practicum
2 Credit hours  

Provides on the job training under the direction of local criminal justice officials. It is given on an individual basis with evaluation made by the Chair of the Criminal Justice program. A total of 210 hours is required. This course is graded S/U.
Prerequisites: LAW 1130.

LAW 2600 — Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism
3 Credit hours  

Introduces computer crime through an examination of the crime and those individuals committing it, as well as the specific laws, investigative techniques, and criminological theories applicable to computer crime.
Prerequisites: LAW 1130, LAW 2250.

LAW 2620 — White Collar Crime
3 Credit hours  

Explores the battle between personal gain and individual integrity and provides a comprehensive overview of white-collar crime in American society. Presents a vivid picture of all types of white-collar crime covering high-profile cases, the latest trends in criminal activity, and a thorough discussion of the victims and consequences of these criminal behaviors.
Prerequisites: COM 1110, LAW 1130.

LAW 2710 — Digital Forensics 1
4 Credit hours  

Provides a foundation for people new to digital forensics. Course will cover how to conduct examinations by explaining what digital forensics is, the methodologies used, key technical concepts and the tools needed to perform examinations. Topics on digital forensics for computers, networks, cell phones, GPS, the cloud, and Internet are discussed. Students will also learn how to collect evidence, document the scene, and recover deleted data.
Prerequisites: COM 1110, LAW 1130
Corequisites: LAW 2600.

LAW 2720 — Digital Forensics 2
4 Credit hours  

Focuses on the use of the most popular forensics tools and provides specific guidance on dealing with civil and criminal matters relating to the law and technology. Includes discussions on how to manage a digital forensics operation in today's business environment.
Prerequisites: COM 1110, LAW 1130
Corequisites: LAW 2600, LAW 2710.

LAW 2800 — Basic Police Academy
22 Credit hours  

Provides certification for those aspiring to be police officers. This academy will be conducted in accordance with the rules established by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Council and the training curriculum of the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy. Requirements include: Minimum age 21, physical from a physician to participate in strenuous training and activities, no felony record, crimes of violence, OVI, crimes of theft, excessive bad driving record, or domestic violence convictions. Valid driver's license required. Must be fingerprinted and record checked through BCI&I and FBI. This course is graded S/U.
Prerequisites: Minimum 21 years of age by the end of the academy.

LAW 2810 — Basic Policy Academy I
11 Credit hours  

Trains students for the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy. Completion of Part I and Part II comply with statutory requirements as defined by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council. This course is graded S/U.
Prerequisites: Minimum 21 years of age by the end of the academy.

LAW 2820 — Basic Policy Academy II
11 Credit hours  

Trains students for the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy. Completing of Part I and Part II comply with statutory requirements as defined by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council. This course is graded S/U.
Prerequisites: Minimum 21 years of age by end of the academy and completion of Police Academy I (LAW 2810).

LAW 2900 — Basic Police Academy
30 Credit hours  

Provides certification for those aspiring to be police officers. This academy will be conducted in accordance with the rules established by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Council and the training curriculum of the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy. Requirements include: Minimum age 21, physical from a physician to participate in strenuous training and activities, no felony record, crimes of violence, OVI, crimes of theft, excessive bad driving record, or domestic violence convictions. Valid driver's license required. Must be fingerprinted and record checked through BCI&I and FBI. This course is graded S/U.

LAW 2910 — Basic Police Academy I
15 Credit hours  

Trains students in the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy. Completion of Part I and Part II comply with statutory requirements as defined by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council. This course is graded S/U.

LAW 2920 — Basic Police Academy II
15 Credit hours  

Provides certification for those aspiring to be police officers. This academy will be conducted in accordance with the rules established by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Council and the training curriculum of the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy. Requirements include: Minimum age 21, physical from a physician to participate in strenuous training and activities, no felony record, crimes of violence, OVI, crimes of theft, excessive bad driving record, or domestic violence convictions. Valid driver's license required. Must be fingerprinted and record checked through BCI&I and FBI. This course is graded S/U.
Prerequisites: LAW 2910.

Basic Peace Officer Training

The basic training academy is designed to meet the requirements for basic Peace Officer certification. Cadets are trained in all academic and skill areas of basic law enforcement. This is an open enrollment program. An information packet containing requirements and application information will be sent on request to any interested person. 

LAW 2910 Basic Police Academy I and LAW 2920 Basic Police Academy II: Basic Police Officer Training-Part-time: September through May, Monday through Thursday, 6:00 - 10:00 pm and some Saturdays, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm 

LAW 2900 Basic Police Academy-Full-time:  May through August, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm and some Saturdays, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

NOTE: The certificate will be awarded only when academic courses are taken in conjunction with the Basic Training Academy LAW 2910 Basic Police Academy I and LAW 2920 Basic Police Academy II and only with the permission of the Chair.

Certificate for the Ohio Police Officer’s Basic Training Academy 

LAW 2910Basic Police Academy I (contains the content from and/or is a substitute for the following courses)15
LAW 2020Criminal Law3
LAW 2090Social Issues in Policing3
LAW 1660Ethics in Criminal Justice3
LAW 1130Introduction to Criminal Justice3
LAW 1880Report Writing for Criminal Justice3
LAW 2920Basic Police Academy II (contains the content from and/or is a substitute for the following courses)15
LAW 2120Criminal Investigation4
LAW 2250Terrorism, Intelligence and Homeland Security3
LAW 2060Policing in the 21st Century3
LAW 2620White Collar Crime2
LAW 1990Independent Study in LAW3
Total Hours60

Students will register for LAW 2910 Basic Police Academy I in First Semester. Students will register for LAW 2920 Basic Police Academy II in the Second Semester. LAW 2910 Basic Police Academy I and LAW 2920 Basic Police Academy II are equivalent to LAW 2900 Basic Police Academy.

If planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree, choose from one of the TAG approved Math courses. See MTH courses in the Course Description section of this catalog.

See www.RhodesState.edu/GainfulEmployment for additional information on certificates.