Police Science Certification

Program Description:

The Police Science Degree is offered in cooperation with the West Virginia State Police and is located at the State Police Academy in Institute, West Virginia. This program is not designed for regular full-time or part-time students. Admission to this program is restricted to those accepted into the West Virginia State Police Cadet training corps. The State Police Academy currently serves the state of West Virginia as the only law enforcement training facility that has been approved by the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency, and Correction to provide mandatory entry-level police training.

• The prospective student must be 21 years of age and meet the requirements of the State Police Academy.
• State police personnel complete a 30-week residential program in which all degree coursework, with the exception of the internship, is completed.
• A field internship must be completed during the employee’s probationary employment period before the degree is awarded.

(Suggested Sequence)

Course Course Title Hours
CJS 111 Law Enforcement Orientation 3
CJS 231 Fundamentals of Criminal Law 3
CJS 233 Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation 3
CJS 239 Criminal Evidence and Procedure 3
ENL 111 Written Communication3 3
CJS 242 Police Community Relations 3
CJS 244 Introduction to Criminalistics 4
CJS 248 Traffic Administration & Enforcement 3
IT 101 Fundamentals of Computers (EDGE) 3
MAT 139 Mathematics for Police 5


1.  Student must be accepted as a Cadet at West Virginia State Police Academy for program enrollment. Contact Personal Director of West Virginia State Police at (304) 746-2117 or local State Police Detachment for program application information.
2.  Course work may be applied toward A.A.S. in Police Science.
3.  ENL 111 has a prerequisite of REA 098, or ACT 18, or SAT 421, or appropriate Reading placement.

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