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Law Enforcement

Career Studies Certificate

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Already in the field or want to explore criminal justice as a career?

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In just 2 semesters, Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Law Enforcement gives you a foundation in criminal justice and prepares you for an entry-level career in the law enforcement system.

Courses include:

  • Ethics and the Criminal Justice Professional
  • Criminal Law
  • Evidence
  • Procedures and Principles of Criminal Investigation


This career studies certificate may lead to civilian and sworn positions, including dispatchers, police officers, correctional officers or security personnel.

Go further

Apply all of the credits you earn in this program to TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice.

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Just 18 credits! Finish this program in as little as 2 semesters

Take classes on any of TCC’s 4 campuses

You can complete this program 100% online!

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What does this program cost?

TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Law Enforcement consists of 2 semesters of part-time study, with classes held on all campuses.

Estimated Program Cost*:
18 credits x $181.10 per credit = $3,259.80 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2017 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

TCC graduates work as police officers on the federal, state and local levels; deputy sheriffs; federal and state correctional officers; and probation and parole officers.

You can also apply all of your credits to TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • are interested in law enforcement and the criminal justice system
  • have a passion for serving your community
  • have a clean driving record and can pass a background check