Upon completion of the program, the student could have three certifications in Law Enforcement: patrol, detention, and reserve.
Law Enforcement Officers patrol an assigned beat either by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or patrol car to control traffic, prevent crime or disturbance of the peace, and arrest violators of the law.
These duties could be performed for police departments, railroads, department stores, airlines, or other agencies. Officers familiarize themselves with their beat and with persons living in the area; note suspicious persons and establishments and report them to your superior officer; report hazards that endanger public safety; report to the scene of accidents, give first aid to the injured, and investigate the causes and results of the accident; direct and reroute traffic around a fire or other disturbance; inspect public establishments requiring licenses to ensure compliance with rules and regulations; warn or arrest persons violating animal ordinances; issue tickets to traffic violators; write and file daily activity reports with your superior officer; drive patrol car or police ambulance.
A detention officers supervise and control inmate behavior during the operation of the detention center; communicate effectively and coherently with other staff or inmates; perform searches of people, vehicles, mail items; transport or escort inmates using handcuffs and other approved restraints; read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents; maintain weapons, equipment and uniforms in functional condition as prescribed for by departmental policy; collect, resolve and/ or direct to appropriate individual or division, inmate complaints, grievances or requests; prepare investigative and other reports or documentation, including sketches as necessary using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations including filing, alphabetizing and labeling; process and release inmates including taking photographs and legible sets of inked fingerprints or palm prints; observe and control visitors and inmates prior to, during and after visits.
Reserve officers usually have the same duties as a patrol officer, depending on the certification level. But in most of Idaho, the position is unpaid and is not benefited. They may also attend meetings with civic groups; participate in and conduct public awareness/education programs at schools; work with the schools on specialized drug awareness programs (DARE); volunteer for patrolling holidays, parades, and three day weekends.
The Law Enforcement Program is designed to prepare graduates to enter the law enforcement field. The Enforcement program has been duly approved by the Idaho Peace Officers Standards Training (POST) Council, thus eliminating the graduates' need to attend the basic police academy before taking the certification exam. Because the Law Enforcement Program is driven by POST standards for certification into the law enforcement field, applicants to the program must meet POST standards for admission. These admission standards include a background check into the applicant's criminal, driving, and psychological record. A polygraph exam will be given the first week of classes. The polygraph must be successfully passed in order to continue in the law enforcement program.
Certificates & Degrees
- Technical Certificate Law Enforcement
- Associate of Applied Science degree Law Enforcement.
There are special application procedures associated with this program. Contact Student Services at (208) 282-2622.
Program Options & Length:
- Program begins in August and January
- Program length is 2 to 4 1/2 semesters
- Admits 36 students each year
- Typical classroom hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 days per week
- Summer Session - mandatory if entering in January and planning to complete Technical Certificate in October
Paying for College
You may apply for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance your college education. When you pay registration fees, you are a student of Idaho State University with the privileges and responsibilities of a college student.
|Admissions Information:||Click Here|
|Certificate:||Technical Certificate - Law Enforcement|
|Tuition and Fees:||$6,395.00*|
|Books and Supplies:||$265.00|
|Room and Board||$2,862.00**|
|Normal Program Length:||2 Sem.|
|Number Completed in Normal Time:||14|
|Normal Completion Rate (from the time students enrolled at ISU):||39 %|
|Program Completion Rate (from the time students enrolled in program classes):||78 %|
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NR On-time completion rates are not reported for programs with fewer than 10 completers in order to protect student privacy.
* Based on 2012-13 full-time, Idaho resident tuition and fee schedule.
** Based on 2012-13 double occupancy rates and 100 meal plus flex money plan.
*** Based on completer placement data from the 2011-2012 fiscal year submitted January 15, 2012 to the Idaho State Division of Professional-Technical Education (ISDPTE). Positive placement is defined by the ISDPTE as completers enrolled in the military, employed in a related training, employed in a field unrelated to training, or pursing additional education.