Commonly Asked Questions
What is the Law Enforcement and Correctional Administration Program?
The Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) Law Enforcement and Correctional Administration Program provides instruction and continuing education for current law enforcement and criminal justice personnel, as well as for those wishing to enter the field. Courses are taught by experts in the field and prepare graduates for career advancement or a new profession within law enforcement, corrections, parole and probation intake, counseling, youth services and law, among other areas. The Correctional Administration option is designed for individuals who will work within correctional and related agencies and institutions.
What Careers Use These Skills?
The program qualifies graduates for professional and administrative careers in law enforcement and the criminal justice system, including police officer, correctional officer, probation officer, and correctional treatment specialist.
- Police and sheriff’s patrol officers can receive a starting salary of $43,175 and earn a median income of $54,900.
- Correctional officers earn a median income of $39,020.
What Degree or Certificate Can I Earn?
You can earn:
- Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology
- Coding Specialist Certificate
Graduates of both programs are eligible to take the relevant certification examinations administered by the American Health Information Management Association.
What Will I Learn?
Students will learn to:
- Explain the legal concepts and terminology in substantive areas of criminal law.
- Explain the relationship between procedural rules and substantive law and apply procedural and evidentiary rules.
- Describe how constitutional law principles relate to law enforcement.
- Explain crime scene investigation and knowledge of forensics by law enforcement agencies used in criminal investigations.
- Explain concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and trends in criminal justice.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction between the fields of law enforcement, courts and corrections.
- Apply critical thinking skills in the reading and interpretation of legal materials.
- Apply legal and ethical principles to the criminal justice system.
- Locate and interpret current case law and statutes pertaining to specific criminal activity; take action that is supported by current law and statutes.
- Use basic research methods in criminal justice and criminology, including design, data analysis and interpretation.
- Identify career opportunities in law enforcement.
- Identify pathways for career advancement.
- Identify the patterns, typologies and root causes of crime.
- Explain the relationship between the criminal justice system and citizens.
- Recognize and apply understanding of the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
What Courses Will I Take?
Always check with an advisor to determine what courses to take. All BCCC students must meet the College’s computer literacy requirement in order to receive a degree or certificate. All students are required to complete the PRE 100 course within the first six credits. PRE 100 is an academic achievement preparation course earning one credit.