Police Science

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Prepares Maryland law enforcement officials to meet the challenges of a diverse, global society through quality, accessible, innovative, lifelong learning. The diverse, ever-growing population of our state requires increasing numbers of law enforcement officials to be skilled at communicating, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and diversity awareness, in addition to being physically strong. The key to creating and maintaining this type of professional law enforcement official is education.

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Robin Shusko
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Courses Credits
English  
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics  
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Arts & Humanities  
CMSP 103–Speech Fundamentals 3
Biological & Physical Science  
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (lab course) (GenEd course list) 4
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues  
Wellness Elective (GenEd course list) 3
Other Requirements  
Elective–(GenEd course list) ‡ 3
CJ 101–Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJ 106–Police-Community Relations * or  
HS 102–Human Relations ‡ 3
CJ 110–Criminal Law 3
CJ 204–Police Operational Services 3
CJ 108–Serial Killers: Psychosocial Perspectives ** or  
CJ 212–Criminalistics * 3/4
CJ 220–Criminal Evidence and Procedure 3
CJ 221–Police Defense Tactics * 5
CJ 222–Police Arsenal and Procedures * 5
CJ 223–Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) * 3
CJ 214–The Correctional Process or  
CJ 224–Awareness Training for Weapons of Mass Destruction * or  
ID 225–Disaster, Crisis and Emergency Management 3
SO 201–Criminology 3
Elective–If CJ 108 is taken instead of CJ 212, a one (1) credit course must be added to the curriculum, such as FEM 150) 1
 Total 60/61
 
* Offered through the Recruit Police Academy Program
‡ All degree-seeking students must complete a Cultural Competency course in order to graduate. This course may satisfy another requirement in your program. If a specific course is not required, choose at least one course from the Cultural Competence list in the academic catalog.
 
The ever-growing population of our state requires increasing numbers of law enforcement officials who are skilled at communicating, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and cultural awareness. The key to preparing and maintaining this type of professional law enforcement official is education.

Frederick Community College is a learning college that prepares law enforcement officials to meet the challenges of a diverse, global society through quality, accessible, innovative, lifelong learning.  A degree in police science prepares law enforcement officers for leadership roles and opportunities for advancement.

The Police Science program at FCC consists of two tracks: 
  • the On-Campus Police Science degree program for sworn law enforcement officials,  and
  • the Maryland State Police-contract Police Science degree program for MSP trooper candidates.

The On-Campus  Police Science associate degree program is available to sworn, currently employed police officers who hold a current Certification and Training Standards Compliance Card issued by the Maryland Police Training Commission (MPTC), and who are graduates of a Maryland police academy certified by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions (MPCTC).  

Law enforcement officers who have graduated from a Maryland police academy can be awarded 29 credits for coursework taken during their academy training. Officers can complete the associate degree requirements either online or in a face-to-face classroom format by taking 31 additional credits (22 credits of general education courses and nine additional credits in criminal justice courses).

Officers must take a minimum of 15 credits at FCC to receive the associate degree from FCC. If an officer/student has credits from another institution, those credits can be transferred to FCC, provided the credits are accepted by FCC’s registrar.

The MSP-contract Police Science associate degree program is open to any trooper candidate employed by the Maryland Department of State Police and enrolled in the MSP Academy.  This program integrates general education coursework with the major components of the criminal justice process learned while the trooper candidate is attending the academy.

A specialized instructional program has been created for the MSP in which a trooper candidate completes one non-credit Algebra course; 19 general education credits; and 41 criminal justice credits during their Academy training in accordance with the guidelines of the Maryland Police & Corrections Training Commissions.  FCC instructors teach the candidates the required general education coursework in a face-to-face classroom format in the evenings during the Academy and for four weeks after graduation.
All law enforcement officials interested in this degree program must first contact the program manager to have the required credentials reviewed prior to enrolling and placement testing.  If the law enforcement official has the required credentials, he or she will be awarded 29 articulated credits in Criminal Justice courses which are applied toward the degree requirements.  These courses include:

Course Credits
CJ 106–Police-Community Relations 3
CJ 204–Police Operational Services 3
CJ 212–Criminalistics 4
CJ 220–Criminal Evidence and Procedures 3
CJ 221–Police Defense Tactics 5
CJ 222–Police Arsenal and Procedures 5
CJ 223–Emergency Vehicle Operations Course 3
CJ 224–Awareness Training for Weapons of Mass Destruction; or  
CJ 214–The Correctional Process 3
Total 29

Who can enroll in the on-campus Police Science A.A.S. degree program?

The on-campus program is designed for sworn, currently employed Maryland law enforcement officials who are graduates of a Maryland police academy which has been certified by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions (MPCTC).  If you are a Maryland law enforcement official and have graduated from an accredited police academy which has been certified by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions, you can be awarded 29 credits for your course work taken during the academy. 

How do I enroll in this program?

To enroll in this program, contact the Police Science Program Manager to have the required credentials sent to FCC.  To be eligible for the 29 articulated credits, current Maryland law enforcement officers must apply to the college for admission; present a copy of their current Certification and Training Standards Compliance Card from the MPTC; and present a copy of their State of Maryland police academy graduation certificate.  All of these documents must be sent to the Police Science Program Manager. 

In addition, all students who seek enrollment at Frederick Community College must take placement tests in reading, writing and mathematics if they have never taken a college-level English and/or math course.

Why do I have to take placement tests?

For students to be successful in the courses they take at FCC, they must be ready for college-level work.  To ensure that students are ready for college-level courses, the State of Maryland requires that all students be assessed in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics before enrolling in credit-level courses.  If a student does not receive the appropriate score on placement tests, he or she will be placed in the applicable developmental-level course(s). 

Is anyone exempt from taking the placement tests?

Yes, you can be exempt from the placement tests if you:
  • have taken college-level English and/or math and can obtain the official transcripts showing that you have passed these courses at another college;
  • have taken the college-level Accuplacer tests given at another college and scored at an appropriate level within the last two years; or
  • have taken the SAT math test and scored 550 or higher, or the ACT math test and scored 21 or higher.

When and where do I take the placement tests?

Placement tests are given at the FCC Testing Center.  For more information about placement tests or their hours of operation, call the Testing Center at 301.846.2522.

Why does FCC’s Police Science program award 29 articulated credits to law enforcement students?

The Maryland Higher Education Commission allows Maryland colleges to award up to 30 credits for prior learning provided that learning can be verified through various means of assessment and that it is equivalent to the learning gained through formal collegiate instruction.  Since the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions require officers to accurately complete more than 500 learning mandates to become certified as a police officer in the State of Maryland, plus continue ongoing education and firearms training annually, it has been determined that law enforcement officials have met these requirements. 


The articulated courses include:
Course Credits
CJ 106–Police-Community Relations 3
CJ 204–Police Operational Services 3
CJ 212–Criminalistics 4
CJ 220–Criminal Evidence and Procedures 3
CJ 221–Police Defense Tactics 5
CJ 222–Police Arsenal and Procedures 5
CJ 223–Emergency Vehicle Operations Course 3
CJ 224–Awareness Training for Weapons of Mass Destruction; or  
CJ 214–The Correctional Process 3
Total 29


What other courses do I need to complete in order to earn my degree?

To complete the degree in Police Science, you will need to complete 31 credits — 22 general education credits and 9 professional credits, in addition to the 29 articulated credits in Criminal Justice courses.  Of those 31 credits, 15 credits must be taken at Frederick Community College. 


Required general education courses:
Courses Credits
EN 101 – English Composition 3
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course) 3/4
CMSP 103 Speech Fundamentals 3
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (lab course) (GenEd course) 4
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (GenEd course)  ‡   3
PE 154 Fitness for Living or HE 201 Stress Management   3
Elective – (GenEd course) ‡ 3
Required professional courses:  
CJ 101 – Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJ 110 – Criminal Law  3
SO 201 – Criminology  3
Total  31

‡ All degree-seeking students must complete one Cultural Competency course in order to graduate.  This course may satisfy another requirement in your program.  Choose at least one course designated with ‡ from the Cultural Competency list in the current Academic Catalog.

Can I complete this degree online?

Yes, this degree can be completed online or in a face-to-face classroom format.  Online courses are taught entirely over the Internet using Blackboard TM and require students to have off-campus Internet access.

If I’ve already taken some college-level courses, do I have to take them over again for this program?

You must complete at least 15 of the required 31 credits at Frederick Community College in order to get a Police Science degree from the college. However, if you have transfer credit(s) from another accredited college/university, you may have those official transcripts sent to the Police Science Program Manager for evaluation.  If those courses meet the requirements for the program, up to 16 credits can be transferred in. 

Am I responsible for paying the tuition to FCC and buying the books with this accelerated program?

All costs for tuition, fees and books are the responsibility of each student.  Tuition and fees are at the current tuition rate for either in-county or out-of-county students.

Can the credits from the Police Science program transfer to a four-year college or university after I graduate?

Frederick Community College has Articulation Agreements with the University of Maryland-University College, American Public University System, Mount St. Mary’s University and Frostburg State University allowing students who have graduated from the Police Science A.A.S. degree program to transfer all their credits to one of the above-mentioned four-year institutions.  Johns Hopkins University also accepts the Police Science degree credits for a four-year degree in Criminal Justice, even though FCC does not have a formal agreement with Johns Hopkins.

Who can enroll in the Police Science A.A.S. degree program?

Any MSP trooper candidate attending the MSP Academy who does not currently have a degree and would like to earn an A.A.S. degree in Police Science can participate in this program.  All prospective students must attain a certain score on their Writing, Reading and Mathematics placement tests to be admitted to the program. 

Why do I have to take placement tests?

All students who seek enrollment at Frederick Community College must take placement tests in reading, writing and mathematics to determine their readiness for college-level courses.  Because this program is accelerated, it is essential that trooper candidates be college ready and capable of handling all the course work.

Is anyone exempt from taking the placement tests?

Yes, you can be exempt from the placement tests if you:
  • have taken college-level English and/or math and can obtain the official transcripts showing that you have passed these courses at another college;
  • have taken the college-level Accuplacer tests given at another college and scored at an appropriate level within the last two years; or
  • have taken the SAT math test and scored 550 or higher, or the ACT math test and scored 21 or higher.
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When and where do I take the placement tests?

Placement tests will be given at the MSP Academy two weeks after the start of an Academy.

I’m rusty in Math; how can I prepare for the Accuplacer Test?

The following websites offer free online tutorials for algebra.  Not all of the material is covered on the placement test; however, reviewing basic algebra concepts will help you feel more confident when you take the test.
  • http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/Departments/math/placement/placetest.html
  • http://www.testprepreview.com/modules/algebra2.htm
  • http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/accuplacer-sample-questions-for-students.pdf 

When do classes begin for the Police Science A.A.S. degree program?

Classes begin approximately one month after the start of your Academy.  English, Math, and Stress Management classes are given while you are attending the Academy.  Once you graduate, you will attend classes full time at the Academy for 3 ½ weeks and complete the rest of your courses.  Those classes are the continuation of Math, Forensic Biology, Speech Fundamentals, and Social Problems.

Am I responsible for paying the tuition to FCC and buying the books with this accelerated program?

All of your tuition, fees and books are paid in full by the Maryland State Police.

If I decide not to enroll in the program now, can I come back and enroll after I graduate from the Police Academy?

This accelerated seven month program is only offered to trooper candidates while they are enrolled in the MSP Academy.

This program is structured in such a way that many of the courses you receive credit for are integrated into the learning that is taking place while you are enrolled in the Academy.  If you wait until after you graduate to earn this degree, you must enroll at FCC as a traditional student, and you will be responsible for your own tuition.

When do I take my criminal justice- related courses that are required for this degree?

The criminal justice courses are integrated into your course work during the Academy.  These include, Introduction to Criminal Justice; Police-Community Relations; Criminalistics; Police Defense Tactics; Criminal Law; EVOC; The Correctional Process; Police Operational Services; Criminal Evidence and Procedure; and Police Arsenal and Procedures.

If I’ve already taken a college-level math and/or English, do I have to take it over again for this program?

Yes, you will have to take them again.  The FCC general education courses that you will be taking are not stand-alone courses like they are in the traditional college setting; they are integrated into the learning that is taking place during the day at the Academy. 

As an example, Public Speaking and Social Problems are integrated into your other Academy courses such as Courtroom Demeanor & Presentation, Note Taking and Interviewing Techniques, and Police Communications.  The requirements outlined by the Maryland Higher Education Commission require students to be enrolled in the entire program and not just certain segments, so it is an all-or-nothing program. 

Can the credits from the Police Science A.A.S. degree program transfer to a four-year college or university?

Frederick Community College has Articulation Agreements with the University of Maryland-University College, American Public University System, Mount St. Mary’s University and Frostburg State University allowing students who have graduated from the Police Science A.A.S. degree program to transfer all their credits to one of the above-mentioned four-year institutions.  Johns Hopkins University also accepts the Police Science degree credits for a four-year degree in Criminal Justice, even though FCC does not have a formal agreement with Johns Hopkins.
Students will be able to:
1. Communications
Demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal communications with law enforcement staff and the general public. This may include:
  • effective communication skills in dealing with various types of people (e.g., hostile, angry, drunk, deranged, racist, etc.),
  • identification of non-language and language-style factors that contribute to a negative response from the public (e.g., profanity, spitting, disrespectful attitude, etc.), and
  • courteous, active listening.
2. Crisis Intervention
Apply concepts, principles and practices of the criminal justice system to affect successful resolution to potentially and commonly-encountered policing situations. This may include:
  • identifying basic psychological responses of victims and
  • calming and controlling a distraught person.

3. Principles of Law
Demonstrate ability to identify a given crime, crime classification and section number utilizing the Annotated Code of Maryland and/or the Digest of Criminal Laws and knowing the conditions under which certain procedures are appropriate. This may include:
  • subpoena procedures, 
  • booking procedures, and 
  • advising a person of his/her rights.

4. Report Writing
Demonstrate effective written communications. This may include:
  • preparing complete field and interview notes, and
  • preparing in-depth narrative reports necessary for various legal organizations and legal proceedings. Students will interpret results of wellness, fitness and nutrition evaluations.
For students who complete the A.A.S. degree in Police Science, FCC has articulation (transfer) agreements with:
  • University of Maryland University College – B.S. Criminal Justice, B.S. Homeland Security
  • Mount Saint Mary’s University – B.A. Criminal Justice
  • Frostburg State University – B.S. Criminal Justice
  • American Public University Systems (APUS) – B.S. Criminal Justice
  • American Military University (AMU) – B.S. Criminal Justice
  • Johns Hopkins University also recognizes the FCC A.A.S. degree toward a bachelor’s degree.

For more information, call the Police Science program manager at 301.846.2673.