A career in law enforcement is one of the most challenging and rewarding fields anyone can enter into, and considering the fact that law enforcement officers are not usually paid high salaries, it makes the work they perform day in and day out even more admirable. Every time law enforcement officers report to work, they are putting their lives in grave danger. Even a routine traffic stop can turn deadly for a police officer. Even with the danger that goes along with most law enforcement careers, devoting your life to protecting and serving others is the best way to make a real difference in the lives of your fellow men. Not many people can come home from a long day at work and say, “I saved a life today.”
Law enforcement education programs vary depending on what specific career you are interested in pursuing. Typically, the more education you have, the greater your chances of moving up the ranks in a career in law enforcement. For many law enforcement positions, a high school diploma or GED and completion of a training program are all that’s required. However, if you want to make law enforcement a long-time career and eventually be a detective, criminologist, or work for the FBI for instance, you must earn at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Here are the most popular careers in law enforcement today:
- Police Officer
- FBI Agent
- DEA Agent
- Game Warden
- Crime Scene Investigator
- Cyber Crimes
- Police Detective
- Sheriff & Deputy Sheriff
- ATF Agent
- U.S. Marshal
- Forensic Scientist
Law Enforcement Job Duties and Skills
Police officer: Police officers’ primary responsibilities are to keep our cities safe, responding to 911 calls, enforcing traffic laws, and patrolling the streets in our community.
Bomb/Arson Unit: Special training is necessary for detecting and disarming bombs and other explosives. Arson specialists are called upon to determine if foul play was involved in the cause of a fire or explosion.
Police K-9 Unit: These officers receive specialized training and work with dogs trained to conduct searches for missing people, drugs, explosives, and to help maintain crowd control in potential riot situations.
Search and Rescue Officers: Being a part of a search and rescue team requires highly specialized training such as learning about hazardous materials, how to administer first aid, and how to assist victims of natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes and tornadoes.
Special Weapons and Tactical Team (S.W.A.T.): SWAT members are some of the most highly-trained law enforcement officers in the country. They must be skilled in the use of advanced weaponry used in the pursuit of high risk and heavily armed criminal activities including counter terrorism, bomb plots, hostage scenarios, and riot control measures. SWAT members can be called away to a crisis situation at a moment’s notice and must be fully prepared at all times.
Hostage Negotiator: Extensive training in psychological aspects and strategies having to do with the safe rescue of terrified hostages is required for this career.
Sex Crimes Unit: If you’re familiar with the popular television show, “Law & Order: SVU” then you know there is a special unit expertly trained to deal with sex crimes such as child sexual abuse and pornography; prostitution; sexual assault; and Internet sex crimes.
Law enforcement education programs include coursework combined with hands-on training, and law enforcement careers require varying levels of college education. The education path you choose at Colorado Christian University should be aligned with your talents, interests and career goals. CCU offers a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice, an Associate of Science degree in criminal justice and a criminal justice certificate, which involves students completing accredited college credits that can later be used toward completion of a B.A. degree from CCU.
If spending your life serving and protecting others is the career path you have always dreamed about, and you feel that Christ has given you the emotional and physical fortitude to put your life on the line for others, then a law enforcement education program may be perfect for you. Not only will CCU prepare you for a career in law enforcement, it will provide you the necessary skills to live a life that impacts the world around you by living according devoted to traditional family values, the sanctity of life, compassion for the less fortunate and personal freedom. A degree from CCU provides you so much more than a classroom education–it gives you opportunity to serve your Lord, Jesus Christ and devote your life to making a valuable contribution to God’s Kingdom.