Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

Criminal Justice

About the Program

The Criminal Justice program consists of the AA transfer plan for Criminal Justice, the AAS in Criminal Justice with concentrations in law enforcement, corrections, or juvenile justice, and the following certificate: Basic Peace Officer Licensing. Texas requires a four-year degree to qualify as a probation officer or protective service worker. Students must be 21 or older to enter the police academy.

AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science, Certificate Level 1, Associate in Arts

AREA OF STUDY: Public Safety, Transportation & Consumer Services

Degrees and Certificates

Learn more about the Degrees and Certificates offered by this program by visiting the HCC Catalog.

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Program Outcomes

STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO:

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Demonstrate outcomes set forth in TCOLE Course 1000 (WECM statement of end of course outcomes).

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Articulate key concepts in police science and criminal justice.

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Analyze and apply research to Texas Penal Code Law, Code of Criminal Procedure, Family Code, Health and Safety Code, and Transportation Code.

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Demonstrate knowledge of and commitment to law enforcement professional, ethical, and legal obligations.

Program Information

General Requirements

This two-year program prepares students for a career in Law Enforcement. Upon successful completion of the program, students obtain an AAS degree and the opportunity to take the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) State Licensing Exam. This program satisfies all the educational requirements for such agencies as the Houston Police Department and the Department of Public Safety. Most of the coursework may be taken at any of the HCC campuses; however, the last semester must be taken at HCC Northeast Campus.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) allows students to earn only one AAS in Criminal Justice.

In addition, please note that a student may only earn one Occupational Skills Award (OSA) per academic year.

You can not be placed in any Law Enforcement AAS plan until you have completed the TCOLE certificate (Basic Peace Officer Academy).

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.

 

Texas BPOC Licensing - Requirements

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) establishes eligibility. HCC requires documentation that a cadet is ready for college-level reading and writing prior to admission. A member of our staff will examine your transcript to determine if you meet the academic prerequisites.

The general requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • College-Ready Reading & Writing
  • 21 Years of Age Before Graduation from the Academy
  • Generally No Prior Convictions, Community Supervision, or Deferred Adjudication
  • Examination by a Physician, Including a Drug Screening
  • Examination by a Psychologist
  • Honorable Discharge if Prior Military Service
  • Valid Texas Driver's License
  • United States Citizen
  • Social Security Card

 

Texas BPOC Licensing - Schedule

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  • Full-time: The full-time academy meets Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., for approximately six months.
  • Part-time Day: The part-time day academy meets Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., for approximately ten months.
  • Part-time Evening: The part-time evening academy meets Monday through Friday, 5:30 until 10 p.m., for approximately ten months.

 

 

Texas BPOC Licensing - Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)

Test Site

State Licensing testing for individuals who have received TCOLE endorsement, contact Dr. Chris Carmean at 713.718.8377 to make an appointment. Bring photo ID and $25.00 testing fee.

 

In-Service Training

Crisis Intervention Training - 40 Hour Course #1850

Coordinator: F. Matthew Ross
Dates: (Mon.-Fri.) July 26 - 30, 2021
Class Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Contact: francis.ross@hccs.edu
713-718-5481

The class will be in person at the HCC Northeast Campus - Public Safety Building, 555 Community College Drive, 77013. Email or call to sign up and receive registration information.


Civil Process Server Class - 20 Hour TCOLE Course #3131

Coordinator: F. Matthew Ross
Dates: (Friday-Saturday) July 23 - 24, 2021
Class Hours: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Contact: francis.ross@hccs.edu
713-718-5481

The class will be in person at the Fort Bend County Sienna
Annex Building, 5855 Sienna Springs Way, Missouri City, Texas 77459. Email or call to sign up and receive registration information.

 

Licensure/Certification Exam Results

The HCC Police Academy Occupational licensure and/or certification program graduates are licensed by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). 

TCOLE welcomes law enforcement officers from other areas considering a career move to Texas.  Please carefully review the “Out of State/Federal Application” found under the Forms and Applications section of their website at www.tcole.texas.gov/content/out-state-peace-officers.

Please note, every attempt is made to ensure the above information is accurate and up to date; however, some information is subject to change.

If you have any questions or encounter problems contacting the appropriate licensing board, please contact the Program Director at (713) 718-8361.

 

2019–2020 Third-Party Licensure/Certification Exam Results

Occupational licensure and/or certification pass rates reported by academic calendar year (Sept. 1–Aug. 31). Results for the 2016–2017 and 2017–2018 academic years are provided for comparison.

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Agency Standard

HCC Standard

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20182019

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2019-2020

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2019–2020 Results

Criminal Justice AAS

80%

80%

100% (80)

100% (118)

98% (130)

Exceeds Expectation

 

Employment

There are 14,243 Police Patrol Officers employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 7.6% over the next four years.

The estimated annual job openings is 785 jobs a year.
Median Wages - $26.81 hourly, $56,000 annual

 

Online Programs Restrictions

Some online programs may require up to 15% of their curriculum be taken in-person on one of HCC’s campuses.  Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.

Language Option Restrictions

Some online programs require students to participate in foreign language courses as part of the program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements and available language options. If you would like to take courses in a language that is not offered online, you would have to do so on campus.

Elective Course Restrictions

Some online programs may have a limited number of elective options available, based on which of the designated electives are currently offered online.  Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.

Required Course Restrictions

Some online programs may require students to participate in one or more campus-based courses as part of a given program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.  

Potential Course Restrictions

Some online courses may have face-to-face requirements for exams, laboratory sessions, and other activities. Please review your course syllabus to determine if your online course has an on-campus laboratory or examination requirement.

 

Hybrid Programs Restrictions

Hybrid programs allow students to take a mix of online and face-to-face courses. Hybrid programs offer 50% to 85% of their courses online and the remainder of the curriculum is taken in-person on one of HCC’s campuses. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.

Language Option Restrictions

Some hybrid programs require students to participate in foreign language courses as part of the program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements and available language options. If you would like to take courses in a language that is not offered online, you would have to do so on campus.

Elective Course Restrictions

Some hybrid programs may have a limited number of elective options available, based on which of the designated electives are currently offered online.  Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.

Required Course Restrictions

Hybrid programs require students to participate in campus-based courses as part of a given program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements. 

Potential Course Restrictions

Some online courses may have face-to-face requirements for exams, laboratory sessions, and other activities. Please review your course syllabus to determine if your online course has an on-campus laboratory or examination requirement.

 

Field of Study Curriculum

Criminal Justice Field of Study (FOS) Curriculum

Field of Study Coursework:

  • CRIJ 1301        Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRIJ 1306        The Courts and Criminal Procedure
  • CRIJ 1310        Fundamentals of Criminal Law
  • CRIJ 2313        Correctional Systems & Practices
  • CRIJ 2328        Police Systems & Practices

 

Fully Transferable: 

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has designated the Field of Study Curriculum courses as “fully transferable” to other public colleges and universities in Texas. Students planning on transferring to either private or out-of-state institutions should direct transfer questions to that college or university.  

For more information, refer to the HCC Catalog (https://www.hccs.edu/programs/catalog/ ) and Field of Study Curricula Approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board thecb.state.tx.us/institutional-resources-programs/public-universities-health-related-institutions/transfer-resources/field-of-study-curricula/

 

 
 
 

 

Program Information - FAQS

What are the requirements to enroll?

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) establishes eligibility. HCC requires documentation a cadet that is competent at college-level reading and writing prior to admission. An academic advisor will examine your transcript to determine if you meet the academic prerequisite. The general requirements are listed below:

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. College Ready Reading & Writing
  3. 21 Years of Age Before Graduation from the Academy
  4. Generally No Prior Convictions, Community Supervision, or Deferred Adjudication
  5. Examination by a Physician Including a Drug Screen
  6. Examination by a Psychologist
  7. Honorable Discharge if Prior Military Service
  8. Valid Texas Drivers License
  9. United States Citizen
  10. Social Security Card

 

Is financial aid available?

The academy costs approximately $2,000. Follow the links below to connect with HCC’s Financial Aid Office, HCC’s Veteran Affairs Office, and the HCC Foundation. HCC also offers payment plans and accepts major credit cards. Besides HCC, Workforce Solutions is another alternative for financial aid.

 

Tuition Waivers

Active police officers are eligible for tuition waiver.

For more information, contact Dr. Chris Carmean at 713.718.8377.

 

Marketable Skills

Learn more about the marketable skills—skills valued by employers that can be applied in variety of work settings—so you can communicate these to potential employers. Click on the relevant award title below to see descriptions of marketable skills for that area.

Basic Peace Officer Licensing, C1

Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement, A.A.S.

Criminal Justice - Field of Study, A.S.

Resources

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