POLICING 101


Get the skills you need to prepare for a rewarding career as a police officer.

The Pre‐Police Academy Certificate Program will provide critical weapons and skills training to newly hired local law enforcement officers and will provide students interested in a law enforcement career the opportunity to prepare for the police academy.

In addition, the program will be available to local law enforcement agencies for the continuing education and regular critical skills training of law enforcement officers.

The Program


The Basic Pre-Police Academy certificate program consists of courses exposing students to the components of the criminal justice system, physical fitness, defensive tactics, criminal law, investigations, and firearms.

The physical fitness courses will focus on developing a life-style change within the students.

Defensive tactics will provide students with the methodologies and tactics for solving critical incidents that law enforcement must face, such as the arrest process, handcuffing, and felony car stops. Although the firearms course focuses on the trajectory, each student will have an opportunity to qualify on an academy certified firearms course. This will provide them with the understanding of firearm safety, dynamics of firearms, and perfect their shooting skills. In addition, students’ critical thinking skills will be challenged through an interaction firearms simulation system. Through this system (i.e. Meggit’s FATS L7 or VirTra’s V-100), students will face “shoot or don’t shoot” type scenarios. In each of these scenarios, students will interact with the system to make the best decision. This type of system will assist the Technical College of the Lowcountry with providing students with good critical thinking skills.

Finally, each student will have an opportunity to obtain a concealed weapon permit. Enroll now!

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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: 27 credits x $190 per credit = $5,130.

    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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    WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING


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

    Michael Ricks

    Program Director

    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