Police Foundations: Diploma Program Summary

About this article
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.
View available schools

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

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSCJ: Corrections
      • Master: Criminal Justice
      • MSCJ: Leadership & Executive Management
      • MSCJ: Global Issues in 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
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Certificate in Government Analytics
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Ashford University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS-Criminal Justice
      • MS/Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement and Corrections Administration
      • MS/Criminal Justice - Homeland Security
      • MS/Criminal Justice - Forensic Science
      • MS/Criminal Justice - Cybercrime and Technology
    Bachelor's
      • B.A. - Law Enforcement Adminsitration
      • B.A. - Social and Criminal Justice
      • B.A. - Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Indiana Wesleyan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. Criminal Justice
      • B.S. General Studies - Criminal Justice
    Associate's
      • A.S. Criminal Justice
      • A.S. General Studies - Criminal Justice
    Certificate
      • Undergraduate Certificate - Criminal Justice
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Regent University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Law - Criminal Justice
      • Master of Arts in Government - National Security Affairs
      • Master of Arts in Law - National Security
      • Master of Public Administration - Emergency Management and Homeland Security
      • Master of Arts in Law - Mediation
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
      • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies - Criminal Justice
      • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
      • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
      • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Criminal Justice
      • Bachelor of Arts in Law and National Security
  • Online Programs Available
    6. 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
    7. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Project Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Saint Joseph's University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Criminal Justice
      • MS in Criminal Justice - Federal Law Enforcement Track
      • MS in Criminal Justice - Intelligence & Crime Analysis Track
      • MS Criminal Justice with Behavior Analysis Specialization
      • MS Criminal Justice with Homeland Security Specialization
      • MS in Criminal Justice - Behavior Management Track
    Certificate
      • Post-master's Certificate in Criminal Justice - Behavior Analysis
  • Online Programs Available
    9. 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
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership - Criminal Justice
      • MBA - Criminal Justice
      • MBA - Homeland Security
      • MSTIM - Cybersecurity
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
      • Master of Science in Cyber Security
      • Master of Science in Cyber Security (Bridge)
      • MS in Leadership: Disaster Preparedness & Executive Fire Leadership
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Public Safety and Emergency Management
      • B.S. in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cyber Security

Featured Schools

Kaplan University

  • MSCJ: Corrections
  • BSCJ: Law Enforcement
  • Associate: Criminal Justice

Which subject are you interested in?

Johns Hopkins University

  • Certificate in Government Analytics

What is your highest level of education?

Ashford University

  • MS-Criminal Justice
  • MS/Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement and Corrections Administration
  • B.A. - Law Enforcement Adminsitration
  • B.A. - Social and Criminal Justice

What is your highest level of education?

Indiana Wesleyan University

  • Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice
  • B.S. Criminal Justice
  • A.S. Criminal Justice
  • Undergraduate Certificate - Criminal Justice

What is your highest level of education?

Regent University

  • Master of Arts in Law - Criminal Justice
  • Master of Arts in Government - National Security Affairs
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies - Criminal Justice

What is your highest level of education completed?

Keiser University

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

What is your highest level of education?

Herzing University

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

What is your highest level of education?

Saint Joseph's University

  • MS - Criminal Justice
  • MS in Criminal Justice - Federal Law Enforcement Track
  • Post-master's Certificate in Criminal Justice - Behavior Analysis

What is your highest level of education completed?