Police Foundations: Diploma Program Summary

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With a diploma in police foundations you will be ready to extend your education or find entry-level employment in law enforcement. This article provides information about diploma programs and prospects for your job search on completion.
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What is a Police Foundations Diploma Program?

In general, law enforcement officers protect the lives and property of the citizens in their jurisdiction. There are officers at the state, local and federal levels, as well as officers employed by specific agencies and charged with the enforcement of those laws placed under their authority. The CIA, the FBI, Federal Marshals and state police are all examples of different classifications of law enforcement officials. For most police officers, law enforcement is a way of life, since they are expected to exercise their authority even when they are technically off duty. A diploma in police foundations will provide you with an education that combines aspects of legal education with practical skill development, and will enhance your chances of entering formal police or agency academy training. With continued education, a police foundations diploma can ready you for specialized training in areas such as chemical and microscopic analysis, training and firearms instruction, or handwriting and fingerprint identification.

Skills Acquired

You will learn the basics of law enforcement common to any agency or specialization. You will study the mental and physical aspects of crime and learn about the roots of various motivating factors leading to criminal acts, such as conspiracies and the specific defenses of age, insanity, drunkenness, provocation and duress. This knowledge is important to the understanding and implementing the various techniques of crime prevention, which you will also study. You will learn from case studies about the interaction between society, the individual and the interrelated components of the criminal justice system. Adequate record keeping is crucial to law enforcement. A good program will enable you with the latest methods for obtaining, recording, and reporting information pertaining to a crime or civil disturbance, as well as effective interviewing skills, information systems and databases skills, and how to construct a criminal profile.

Coursework in a Police Foundations Diploma Program

Courses that students in this diploma program may be required to take include:

  • Criminal Justice System
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Conflict Management
  • Crime Prevention and Community Policing
  • Forensic Crime Scene Investigation
  • Criminology
  • Rules of Evidence

Career Outlook and Salary Information

In today's security minded society, more research and funding are available for expansions in law enforcement, leading to a steady increase in employment opportunities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that average annual salaries for police officers in 2004 were about $45K, while the highest paid officers at the patrol level earned as much as $68K per year.

Popular Schools

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    1. Keiser University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.A. - Criminal Justice
      • B.A. - Homeland Security
      • B.A. - Legal Studies
    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
      • Associate of Arts - Homeland Security
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Saint Joseph's University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Criminal Justice
      • MS in Criminal Justice Federal Law Enforcement
      • MS in Criminal Justice Intelligence & Crime Analysis
      • MS in Criminal Justice Behavior Analysis
      • MS in Criminal Justice Homeland Security
      • MS in Criminal Justice Behavior Management
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    3. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Admin
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Admin
      • Undergraduate Specialization - Criminal Forensics
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate - Cyber Security
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    4. Colorado Technical University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor - Management - Criminal Justice
      • Doctorate: Management - Homeland Security
    Master's
      • M.S. - Criminal Justice
      • Master: Management - Homeland Security
      • Master of Science in Homeland Security
      • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security
      • Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy
      • Master of Science in Homeland Security - Cybersecurity Policy
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Criminal Justice
      • B.S. - Criminal Justice - Homeland Security and Emergency Management
      • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Cybercrime and Security
      • BS - Management - Cybersecurity Management
      • BS - Computer Science - Cybersecurity Engineering
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    5. American InterContinental University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
      • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Generalist
      • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Forensic Science
      • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Homeland Security and Crisis Management
      • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Corrections and Case Management
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
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    6. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Project Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
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    7. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
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    8. Utica College

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    Master's
      • Master of Professional Studies in Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis
      • MS in Data Science: Financial Crime
      • MBA - Cyber Policy
      • MBA - Cybersecurity
      • MBA Economic Crime and Fraud Management
      • MS in Cybersecurity - Computer Forensics
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Cybersecurity - Cybercrime and Fraud Investigation
      • Bachelor of Science in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation
      • Online Bachelor of Science in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation - Financial Investigation
      • Online Bachelor of Science in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation - Fraud Prevention and Detection
      • BS in Cybersecurity - Cyber Operations
      • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity
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    9. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master: Criminal Justice
      • MS in Cybersecurity Management
    Bachelor's
      • BSCJ: Law Enforcement
      • Bachelor: Criminal Justice
      • BSCJ: Juvenile Justice
      • BS in Corrections
      • BSCJ: Crime Scene Investigation
      • BSCJ: Homeland Security
    Associate's
      • Associate: Criminal Justice
      • AAS in Criminal Justice and Criminology
      • AAS in Public Safety and Security
      • Associate: Fire Science
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    10. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Criminal Justice
      • PhD in Business Admin - Criminal Justice
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Homeland Security: Leadership & Policy
      • PhD in Business Admin - Homeland Security: Leadership & Policy
      • PhD-TIM - Cybersecurity
    Master's
      • MS - Organizational Leadership: Criminal Justice
      • MBA - Criminal Justice
      • MBA - Homeland Security
      • MSTIM - Cybersecurity

Featured Schools

Keiser University

  • B.A. - Criminal Justice
  • B.A. - Homeland Security
  • Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Arts - Homeland Security

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Saint Joseph's University

  • MS in Criminal Justice
  • MS in Criminal Justice Federal Law Enforcement
  • MS in Criminal Justice Intelligence & Crime Analysis

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Colorado State University Global

  • MS - Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Admin
  • BS - Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Admin
  • Graduate Certificate - Cyber Security

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Colorado Technical University

  • Doctor - Management - Criminal Justice
  • M.S. - Criminal Justice
  • BS - Criminal Justice

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American InterContinental University

  • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
  • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Generalist
  • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

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Herzing University

  • MBA Dual Concentration: Project Management and Public Safety Leadership
  • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership

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Penn Foster High School

  • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
  • HS Diploma

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Utica College

  • Master of Professional Studies in Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis
  • MS in Data Science: Financial Crime
  • BS in Cybersecurity - Cybercrime and Fraud Investigation
  • Bachelor of Science in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation

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