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NETC launches new Pre-Police Academy Training program

Northeastern Technical College (NETC) is kicking off a new Police Pre-Academy (PPAT) Training Certificate this fall for individuals who are looking towards a career in law enforcement and entry into the SC Criminal Justice Academy (SCCJA). The program is part of a partnership between the SC Technical College System and the SCCJA.
The new certificate program will begin on August 16 and is comprised of four, 3 credit hour courses totaling 12 hours of college credit. All courses have been aligned with current SC Criminal Justice Academy and Law Enforcement Training Council training standards and requirements.
Required courses include:
CRJ 281 - Police Science I: Course topics include but are not limited to: Intro to Criminal Law, Courts, Crimes, and Procedures,First Amendment, Basic Patrol Operations, and Traffic Law.
CRJ 282 - Police Science II: Course topics include but are not limited to: Domestic Violence, Juvenile Procedures, and Victimology.
CRJ 283 - Police Science III: Course topics include but are not limited to: Report Writing, Interviewing, Officer Survival, Drug Enforcement, and Crime Scene and Physical Evidence.
CRJ 284 - Police Science IV: Course topics include but are not limited to: Basic Collision Investigation, Uniform Traffic Ticket, Vehicle Tactics, and Mind Armor.
To be accepted into the program, candidates must be a U.S. citizen, have a high school diploma or equivalency, successfully pass a criminal background check and be at least 20-years-old. The PPAT Certificate program qualifies for financial assistance including state financial aid, specifically Lottery Tuition Assistance, as well as the SC WINS scholarship.
After successfully completing the program, candidates will have a year to be hired by a law enforcement agency and attend the academy. Once candidates are hired, they will then pass a cumulative exam and a physical assessment test through the SCCJA, and then they will spend eight weeks at the SCCJA in Columbia before becoming a certified law enforcement officer.
Students interested in participating in this program or others at NETC can learn more by visiting, or by calling the NETC Enrollment Center at 800-921-7399.

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