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Law Enforcement, Certificate of Proficiency

Requirements

Utah Valley University is a sanctioned provider of the Utah Law Enforcement Academy, the basic training program for certification of law enforcement officers. The academy is divided into two modules. The first, or core, provides training required for certification of special function officers and is foundational for law enforcement and correctional officers. The second module is required for certification as a reserve or law enforcement officer.

Total Program Credits: 18

Matriculation Requirements:
  1. By permission only class. Individual must complete the State POST application.
  2. Individual must attend an application meeting/interview to have their application accepted by the director of the academy.
  3. Individual must pass the State POST Entrance Exam (NPOST). The NPOST exam is a required as part of the application.
Discipline Core Requirements: 18 Credits
  CJ 1800 POST Module I 7
  CJ 1810 POST Module II 11

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Individual must pass State POST written certification test at 80% or above to become State POST certified.
  2. Individual must pass State POST physical certification test at the determined State requirements.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 credits.
  4. Overall grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  5. Residency hours -- Minimum of 5 credits required through course attendance at UVU.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and italicized.


Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
CJ 1800 POST Module I 7
  Semester total: 7
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
CJ 1810 POST Module II 11
  Semester total: 11
  Degree total: 18

Department

Name:

Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

Location:

EN 101

Telephone:

801-863-7230

Email:

kameron.barkle@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/criminaljustice/

Chair:

Matthew L. Duffin

Chair UVU Email

matthew.duffin@uvu.edu

 
 

Mission Statement

Mission, Goals, and Values

The Criminal Justice program is committed to fostering a challenging and intellectually stimulating environment that provides a broad range of interactive academic and field experiences. An understanding and appreciation of the theory, research, policy and practice of criminal justice, as a unique discipline, will be advanced. The department will promote the development of future professionals who are capable of assuming responsibility for the research, continuing scholarship and administration of the criminal justice system.

The Forensic Science program is committed to fostering a challenging and intellectually stimulating environment that provides a broad range of interactive academic and field experiences. An understanding and appreciation of theory, research, policy and practice of forensic science, as a unique discipline, will be advanced. The department will promote the development of future professionals who are capable of assuming responsibility for the research, continuing scholarship and administration of forensic science.

The following values will dictate our actions in carrying out these missions:

  • Academically and professionally qualified faculty.
  • Superior teaching.
  • Scholarly activities that enhance and strengthen teaching.
  • Continued re-evaluation, assessment, and corrections to curriculum.
  • Ethical awareness and conduct.
  • Cooperation, communication, and diversity across the curriculum.
  • Development of sensitivity toward, and appreciation for, cultural diversity. Development of analytical and critical thinking skills essential to the criminal justice field.
  • Preparation for the technologically sophisticated legal environment of the 21st century.

Advancement of the study of law within the context of an interdisciplinary liberal arts education.


The vision of the Criminal Justice Department is to become an academic program in the field of Criminal Justice recognized by students, and alumni, which provides them with a critical understanding of the total system of criminal justice and the society in which it functions. Additionally, we aspire to be recognized by local, state, and federal law enforcement communities for our progressive education, service, intellectual maturity, and ethical awareness.

The vision of the Forensic Science area of the Criminal Justice Department is to become an academic program in the field of Forensic Science recognized by students, and alumni, which provides a critical understanding of the investigation procedures for forensic evidence and the society in which it functions. Additionally, we aspire to be recognized by local, state, and federal law enforcement communities for our progressive education, service, intellectual maturity, and ethical awareness.


The following strategies/goals are being pursued to move toward the above vision:
Develop a comprehensive forensic curriculum in cooperation with the science department.
Organize a Skills USA criminal justice program. Increase the number of students in both the criminal justice and the forensic science programs.
Continue curriculum improvement efforts and link assessment more closely to competencies.

Increase rigor/scholarship across the curriculum.
Actively participate in professional organizations.
Promote scholarly research and development within the faculty.

Contribution to Overall UVU Mission

The departmental mission was developed to contribute to the College of Aviation & Public Services mission which, in turn, contributes to UVU’s mission. Critical to our program is a focus on developing a curriculum, along with other departments at UVU, which prepares our students to be competent for employment or advanced education and excellence in teaching, scholarship, and community service.

 

 
 

Criminal Justice


  • Administrative Contact: 
    Kameron Barkle
  • Office: EN 101
  • Telephone: 801-863-7230
  • Email: Kameron.Barkle@uvu.edu
 
 

Law Enforcement

  • Director Police Academy: Steve DeMille
  • Office: EN 114a
  • Telephone: 801-863-8062
  • Email:  demillst@uvu.edu
  • Administrative Support: Patrice Bollen
  • Office: EN 114
  • Telephone: 801-863-6156
  • Email: Patrice.bolen@uvu.edu
  • Mail Stop: 286
 
 

Forensic Science

  • Director: Gary Naisbitt
  • Office: ME 136
  • Telephone: 801-863-6505
  • Email: naisbiga@uvu.edu
 
 

Advisors:

 
 

Faculty

Kenneth Crook(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.A., Middle East History, J.D., Brigham Young University.

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Matthew Duffin(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Department Chair



B.S., Business Management, J.D., Brigham Young University; LL.M., Military/International Contracts Law, United States Army Judge Advocate General’s School.

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Stott Harston(2000)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.A., Political Science, J.D., Brigham Young University.

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Marcy Hehnly(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.S., Criminal Justice, M.S., Human Resource Management, Troy University; Ph.D., Human Services, Cappella University.

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Bobbi Kassel(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.S., Criminal Justice, Utah Valley University; M.Ed., Instructional Design, University of Utah.

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Richard Los(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.S., M.P.A., Justice Administration, Brigham Young University.

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Gary Naisbitt(2005)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.A., German, Weber State College; Ph.D., Biochemistry, Brigham Young University.

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Ryan Vogel(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice
Faculty



B.S., Integrated Studies, Utah Valley University; M.A., International Affairs, J.D., American University; J.D., LLM, Public International Law, Georgetown University.

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Dan Waddington(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice
Faculty



B.S., Justice Administration, Brigham Young University; M.P.A., California State University; Ph.D. (ABD), Criminal Justice, University of Albany.

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Careers

Careers:
For those trained in Criminal Justice, opportunities exist in local, state, federal, and private law enforcement i.e., DEA agent, FBI agent, corrections officer, security officer, private investigator, game law enforcement officer, immigration inspector, Alcohol/Tobacco/Firearms inspector, United States Marshall, Internal Revenue officer, Border Patrol agent, Consumer Safety inspector, and other fields depending on chosen option.

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