Students in the CTEC Law Enforcement program learn about law-enforcement-related professions through practical, industry-related experiences—providing students exposure to defensive tactics, statutes, police procedures, court room procedures, verbal deescalation so they can graduate with a competitive advantage in their chosen field. Since the Law Enforcement program prepares students for positions in fields related to law enforcement and public safety, developing and maintaining professional skills is paramount and is a significant element throughout the two-year program.
We want our students to be ready for whatever comes after high school. There are over 12,000 certified members of the law enforcement community currently serving in the State of Oregon. This number does not include existing openings for certified positions, or the countless support staff, private industry professionals and legal affiliates who also play an important role in the criminal justice system and public safety. Due to retirements and natural attrition, each year there are a large number of job openings for certified police officers, with even more openings projected in the near future. A significant number of these openings go unfilled because agencies are unable to find quality candidates. Having the knowledge and skills relevant to these fields is a critical tool for gaining rapid entry into the profession. Our students are ready to start their careers with the following industry-relevant skills and knowledge:
- Practical skills: Defensive tactics, criminal investigations, crime scene processing, learning of statues, police procedures
- Communication skills: Interviewing, deescalation techniques, courtroom testimony and procedures
- Personal skills: Professional ethics, emotional survival and self-regulation
- Writing/Analytical skills: Grammar, critical thinking and case report writing
- Professional skills: Appearance, presentation, resume writing and job interviewing
- Administrative Skills: Organization and form completion
- College credit: For classes articulated through Chemeketa Community College.
Students in the Law Enforcement program learn various criminal justice and public safety skills, not only from the teachers within the program, but from industry professionals currently working in the field. These professionals impart important knowledge through practical application in the program. Students also go out into the field to see how professionals use these skills within their work environments. Students receive coaching and resources to explore career options they may want to pursue directly out of the program or with continued education. Coupled with the experiences they have throughout this program, they graduate with a plan and the ability to adjust the plan throughout their career. With a foundation of industry-standard skills, rigorous English and social studies contextualized to the skills they learn, and consistent interaction with industry, our students are ready to pursue their dreams and goals.