Law Enforcement

Rick Kohli, MSCJ, Chair
Phone: (419) 995-8386
Email: kohli.r@RhodesState.edu
Office: 145H Tech Edu Lab

Professions in Law Enforcement 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 law enforcement 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.

Rhodes State College also offers the Basic Peace Officer Training Academy through the Criminal Justice Program. The Academy has special admission requirements. The candidate must have 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 short interview and fitness test administered under the direction of the Department Chair prior to acceptance into the academy. Students who wish to first take the degree requirements may select the Basic Peace Officer Academy at the conclusion of the program.

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

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Structured Course Sequence (4 Semester Plan)

First Year
First SemesterHours
COM 1110 English Composition 3
CPT 1250Computer Applications in the Workplace 3
LAW 1130Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
LAW 2050Traffic Enforcement 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
SDE 1010 First Year Experience 1
 Term Hours16
Second Semester
LAW 1210Criminology 3
LAW 1540 Constitutional Issues 3
MTH 1100Math of Business 13
PSY 1730Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC 1010 Sociology 3
 Term Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
HST 1620American History Since 1877 3
LAW 2020Criminal Law 3
LAW 2040Criminal Evidence and Procedure 3
LAW 2090Social Issues in Policing 3
LAW 2200Juvenile Delinquency 3
Select one of the following:  3
FIN 1250
   or HUM 1601
   or SPN 1010
Personal Finance
   or American Sign Language I
   or Beginning Spanish Language I
3
 Term Hours18
Second Semester
LAW 2120Criminal Investigation 4
COM 2213Verbal Judo 3
LAW 2500Law Enforcement Practicum 2
LAW 2530   Patrol Administration 3
SOC 1320American Cultural Diversity 3
 Term Hours15
 Total Hours 64

Portfolio course

Capstone course

1If planning to pursue a bachelor degree, choose from one of the 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.

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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 drivers 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. Completiong of Part I and Part II comply with statutory requirements as defined by the Ohio Peace Office 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).

Dennis Morgan, MBA, BA, AAS, APA, OPOTA
Instructor
Phone: 419-995-4192
Office: TL 102M
Email: morgan.d@rhodesstate.edu

Terri Wies-Haithcock, MS, BS
Coordinator, Corrections Major and Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-995-8219
Office: TL 162A
Email: wies-haithcock.t@rhodesstate.edu

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.

NOTE: The certificate will be awarded only when courses are taken in conjunction with the Basic Training Academy LAW 2810 Basic Policy Academy I and LAW 2820 Basic Policy Academy II and only with the permission of the Chair.

LAW 2810 Basic Policy Academy I and LAW 2820 Basic Policy Academy II: Basic Police Officer Training: September through May, Monday through Thursday, 6 - 10 p.m. and some Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or May through August, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and some Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Certificate for the Ohio Police Officer’s Basic Training Academy 

LAW 2810Basic Policy Academy I11
LAW 2810 contains the content from and/or is a substitute for the following courses:
LAW 2020Criminal Law3
LAW 2090Social Issues in Policing3
LAW 1540 Constitutional Issues3
LAW 1990Independent Study in LAW2
LAW 2820Basic Policy Academy II11
LAW 2820 contains the content from and/or is a substitute for the following courses:
LAW 2050Traffic Enforcement3
LAW 2530   Patrol Administration3
LAW 2120Criminal Investigation4
LAW 1990Independent Study in LAW1

Portfolio course

Capstone course

Students will register for LAW 2810 Basic Policy Academy I in First Semester. Students will register for LAW 2820 Basic Policy Academy II in the Second Semester. LAW 2810 Basic Policy Academy I and LAW 2820 Basic Policy Academy II are equivalent to LAW 2800 Basic Police Academy.

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

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