BE ON THE DEFENSIVE


Focus on defensive driving techniques as you expand your policing skills.

According to Bureau of Justice Statistics (2017), death in police related crashes average 355 per year between 1996 and 2015.

Focusing on this problem will allow students to learn about police pursuits, gain experience in pursuit driving, and provide research to assist with policy development for local agencies.

The Program


Students interested in taking the advanced pre-police academy certificate must complete the basic pre-police academy certificate prior to enrolling. The advanced pre-police academy certificate consists of seven courses with a total of 17 college credit hours. Students will be exposed to the components of the physical fitness, constitutional law, report writing, crisis intervention, and defensive/pursuit driving. The physical fitness courses will enhance their development into life-style change. Trainers will focus on weightlifting, cardio, and toning. Crisis intervention will prepare the students for responding to calls for service. Students will practice defusing hostile situations.

In addition, students will conduct research on police pursuits focusing on policy development (i.e. officer discretion, pursuit/no pursuit, conditions to pursue). In addition, students will complete an academy approved driving course. Upon completing this course, students will understand the dynamics of pursuits. Finally, they will complete a National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course. This will assist the students with understanding defensive driving and reduce any points they may have on their driving record.

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    HEAD OF THE CLASS

    Graduates will be marketable and competitive for the job market.

    INDUSTRY APPROVED

    Curriculum directed by the advisory committee with input from local law enforcement agencies.

    HANDS-ON

    Get hands-on expereince through in-person and virtual simulations.

    ACCREDITATION


    Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry.

    PROGRAM COST


    Tuition: 17 credits x $190 per credit = $3,230.

    Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many TCL students attend for free.

    *Based on Fall 2019 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Does not include fees, books and other costs. Qualifications vary.

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    “A degree from TCL gives you an edge for landing a great career in criminal justice.

    Michael Ricks

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    FAQS & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    Program Dean


    Shunda Ware

    Dean, Business and Industrial Technologies

    843-525-8238

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 14, Rm. 118

    Instructors


    Michael Ricks

    Criminal Justice Instructor

    843-525-8322

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 16, Rm. 124