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Law Enforcement Certificate Program

Certificate -  Criminal Justice and Public Safety Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
Introduction to Criminal Justice CRJ101 3 ENG095 and RDG095, or ESL098
Criminal Law CRJ103 3 ENG095 and RDG095, or ESL098
Evidence and Court Procedure CRJ202 3 ENG111, CRJ101, CRJ103, and CRJ208 or Instructor permission
Policing in a Democratic Society CRJ220 3 ENG111, CRJ101, CRJ103, or Instructor permission
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Principles of Sociology SOC101 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Principles of Psychology PSY101 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Criminology SOC207 3 PSY101 or SOC101
Oral Communication ENG171 3
Total Credits 27
Last Modified Date: December 5, 2018

Program Overview

Bunker Hill Community College will no longer be accepting students into this program as of the 2018-2019 academic year.

Developed in cooperation with the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Law Enforcement Certificate Program has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education for participation in the Police Career Incentive Program (PCIP-Quinn Bill). The certificate combines specialized criminal justice and general education coursework to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to compete for entry into the Massachusetts law enforcement field. All of the credits earned in the certificate program can be applied to a Quinn Bill eligible Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice.

Career Outlook

The certificate program has been ratified by the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association’s Training and Education Committee as an important step in their goal to have a better-educated and more professional workforce. Although the certificate is not yet a requirement in the hiring and training procedures, it is anticipated that it will substitute for a significant part of the Massachusetts Training Council curriculum in the future. Since the Law Enforcement Certificate Program will only be offered at PCIP approved colleges, all courses qualify students for the pay incentives once they earn the A.S. degree in Criminal Justice.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate enhanced cultural awareness and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrate specific content knowledge of criminal justice and criminal law.