About Applied Policing and Technology
Prepare for a career in law enforcement with top police training and technology skills.
From crime scenes to department headquarters, the field of law enforcement is increasingly driven by technology.
Cal U’s associate degree in applied policing and technology gives students the knowledge and hands-on training required for a career in law enforcement and criminal justice.
Aspiring police officers can complete this 60-credit associate degree program either on Cal U’s campus or 100% online. Students have the option of earning 15 credits by graduating from the Pennsylvania Municipal Officers Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) Police Academy, which is held on campus and provides Pennsylvania Act 120 Municipal Police Officer Certification for those who complete its requirements.
Develop a range of skills and a community-focused policing approach.
Cal U’s applied policing and technology associate degree program is the first of its kind in southwestern Pennsylvania. With its focus on technology and hands-on police training, the program provides skills needed for success as a law enforcement officer.
Students in the applied policing program learn to:
- Collect and process physical and digital evidence.
- Conduct crime scene investigations using high-tech tools.
- Conduct interviews and interrogations.
- Understand and apply criminal law and procedures.
- Analyze current issues in policing.
The program takes a community policing approach, preparing students to work thoughtfully and effectively in small-town, suburban or big-city police departments.