Private Security

Private Security Certificate

Private Security Certificate Program

(Certificate Code: AAU-CJ08)

Required Courses

CRJ 100: Introduction to Justice Administration

3 Term Credits
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the justice administration system, encompassing police, and courts and corrections management. These three institutions must work together to achieve an effective overall system for the protection of public safety and order, the impartial and fair trial of those accused of crime, and the enlightened confinement and rehabilitation of those found guilty to minimize the rate of recidivism.

CRJ 130: Introduction to Interviewing in Criminal Justice

3 Term Credits
This course teaches the fundamentals of effective interviewing, including critical communication skills, interpretation skills, and how to effectively relay information. It is designed to prepare criminal justice students to interview victims and witnesses, collect information from defendants, and communicate effectively with clients regardless of age and cultural differences.

CRJ 135: Introduction to Private Security

3 Term Credits
This course focuses on practical, real-world concepts and applications, while sensitizing students to the complexities and ambiguities involved in private security operations in contemporary society, particularly in regard to its current role in protecting our lives and assets from criminals and terrorists. This course places special emphasis on ethics and professionalism, as well as the need for public law enforcement and private security to work together to solve common problems. It explores particular jobs available in the field, addressing such practical concerns as how one goes about getting a private security job, the necessary skills, and the day-to-day job responsibilities.

CRJ 155: Introduction to Loss Prevention

3 Term Credits
In the past few years, security awareness and the need for added business continuity and preparedness considerations has been uniquely highlighted given events such as Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, the formation of the Department of Homeland Security, and the increase in world terrorist events. This course explores the breadth and depth of considerations involved in implementing general loss prevention concepts and security programs within an organization. It provides proven strategies to prevent and reduce incidents of loss due to legal issues, theft and other crimes, fire, accidental or intentional harm from employees, as well as the many ramifications of corporate mismanagement. It also covers background investigations, protection of sensitive information, internal threats, and considerations at select facilities.

CRJ 210: Criminal Investigations

3 Term Credits
This course teaches students the fundamentals of criminal investigation by examining the processes involved in identifying and arresting criminal suspects, identifying types of crimes, and preparing for court.

CRJ 302: Effective Professional Communication

3 Term Credits
This course aims to provide a better understanding of research and communications in a professional environment. It familiarizes students with the techniques, strategies, and forms of writing used in the professional world. This course will increase students’ knowledge of organizational writing and communications, including case analysis, data interpretation, problem solving, and report writing. This also covers basic police correspondence and regular police work requiring oral and written reports, investigation and interrogation, and many other police duties and responsibilities.

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Homeland Security Certificate

In this program, you will explore topics such as beginning criminal investigations, technology in criminal justice, interviewing and interrogation, homeland security and emergency management.