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Program at a Glance

Online Certificate
College of Community Innovation and Education
Credit Hours

Lead the charge in the promotion of criminal justice.

There are constant advances in the field of criminal justice. The technology we use, the relationships we forge and the ways in which we fight and deter crime are evolving. In response, the criminal justice field requires strong, informed and flexible leadership.

When you complete your law enforcement leadership training online, you’ll gain both a theoretical and practical foundation in the wide array of issues facing police management. Coursework will build upon your knowledge of statutes, policies and local jurisdictional issues with broader skills in human resource and management, employee assistance programs, ethical issues and government relations at all levels.

Upon completion of your police leadership courses through UCF Online, you’ll be poised to navigate the ever-changing field of criminal law. The successful completion of this certificate program is a positive consideration for admission to the master’s program of criminal justice. Get started today and secure your position as a leader in the field.

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Application Deadlines

December 1
April 1
July 1

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Course Overview

Foundations of Law Enforcement

Examine the police role in modern society and law enforcement policy.

This course is designed to familiarize students with the causes and consequences of public policy with an emphasis on criminal justice policy.

Explore the operational Functions of municipal and county governments and the role of the chief executive officer.

Skills You'll Learn

  • Gain a theoretical and practical knowledge base required to function as a law enforcement executive.
  • Understand and implement policies that impact law enforcement.
  • Work with the community and private sector to deter criminal behavior.

Career Projections


Annual Job


Job Growth
2019 - 2029

Source: Lightcast™ . 2024

Career Opportunities

  • criminal investigator
  • detective
  • fish and game warden
  • law enforcement executive
  • park ranger
  • public administrator
  • social worker