Law Enforcement

Protective Services - Law Enforcement

Location: East Campus (Oley)                    Instructor: Todd Heckman                   CIP Code: 43.0107

The Protective Services – Law Enforcement program provides students with a comprehensive public safety education. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in law enforcement, criminal justice, and emergency management. More specifically, students will study: criminal justice system, including juvenile justice and delinquency, corrections, and judiciary; law enforcement / police science including PA crimes and vehicle codes, criminal behavior, investigations and evidence/forensics, patrol, traffic and crowd control procedures; physical and mental fitness including self-discipline, defensive and arrest techniques and the use of force continuum; and emergency management.

Students will apply and refine their communication and computer skills through report writing, research, and information retrieval. The curriculum will include discussions and case studies on professionalism, ethics, cultural diversity, and conflict resolution. The program combines lecture, practical application, and clinical experiences. Fire certification courses will be taught in partnership with Bucks County Community College. BCTC will provide both EMR and EMT certification coursework. These certification courses will be tuition free. Supervised field trips and clinical experiences will include fire and emergency services departments. This program provides an excellent foundation from which to pursue college and ultimately a career in public safety.

Industry Certifications:

EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
Hazardous Materials Awareness
NIMS IS 100, 200, 700, 800 Series
OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification
Monadnock Expandable Baton (MEB)
Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol Training (OCAT)
Practical & Tactical Handcuffing (PATH)


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear

· One Navy/Black Short Sleeve Polo Shirt with BCTC Logo
· One Pair Navy/Black Cargo Pants – Proper fitting and no holesOPTIONAL:
· Charcoal Crewneck Sweatshirt with BCTC Logo
One Black Belt

PT Uniform:
· One black sweatshirt
· One black tee shirt
· One pair of black sweat pants – proper fitting and no holes
· One pair of black gym shorts – proper fitting and no holes

· Black boots
· Black or blue socksPT Uniform:
· White socks and sneakers



The link provided for each book title will take you to Please note that you are NOT required to purchase the books from Amazon. You may purchase the books from any vendor.

First Year Students
Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for the 21st Century (15th Edition) – by Frank Schmalleger

ISBN #: 978-0-13474-975-4


Third Year Students
Criminal Investigation:  Basic Perspectives (13th Edition) – by Charles Lushbaugh and Paul Weston

ISBN #: 978-0-13351-440-7

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Black boots. Black or blue socks. PT uniform: white socks and sneakers. 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store
2″ White Binder 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $3.00 Walmart
Standard Pack of Tab Dividers 1 Level 1 $2.00 Any office supply store
Standard Sheet Protectors 20 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $0.10 per sheet Staples
Protective Services Law Enforcement

Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • Reading proficiency is critical
  • Algebra I or Geometry
  • Must demonstrate a high level of emotional maturity
  • Disciplinary record must be outstanding
  • Must demonstrate a pattern of respect and self control at all times
  • Integrity & honesty
  • Problem-solving / critical thinking skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Physical & mental fitness – self discipline
  • Hand-eye coordination

Career Pathways:

  • Safety Inspector / Specialist
  • Police & Sheriff’s Patrol Officers
  • Security Officer
  • Dispatcher