Credit for Professional Training

In-service police officers who are already working in the field can start earning a college degree and receive credit from Shoreline Community College for training already completed in police academy.  Online classes make it easy to complete your degree, regardless of schedule or location.  Check with your agency’s HR department or your contract about possibilities to receive:

  • Tuition reimbursement benefits
  • Higher salary incentives for completing an advanced degree
  • Career advancement opportunities, such as a fast track to test into the next rank or special assignment

If you are already working in the the criminal justice field or are a veteran with applicable military experience, you may be able to apply your prior training toward a degree in Criminal Justice. Contact an advisor for details.

Receive credit for Basic Law Enforcement Academy training

Save money on the cost of tuition by receiving academic credit for prior learning based on the training you already have completed at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) in Burien, WA or the Washington State Patrol Academy in Shelton, WA.

  • AA Transfer Degree with an emphasis in Criminal Justice: Best for students seeking to go on to a four-year degree.  Receive 20 credits from BLEA training, equivalent to CJ &110, CJ 120, CJ 238, and CJ 241; add an additional 70 credits to complete the 90 credit AA-DTA degree. Save money on tuition by earning up to 20 credits for training you've already done.
  • Criminal Justice AAAS Degree: Best for students seeking a two-year associate degree and then continuing in the work force. Receive 30 credits from BLEA training, equivalent to CJ &110, CJ 120, CJ 238, CJ 241, CJ 130, CJ 290; add an additional 60 credits to complete the 90 credit AAAS degree. Save money on tuition by earning up to 30 credits for training you've already done.

Why the Shoreline Community College Criminal Justice program?

  • Instructors are knowledgeable and experienced practitioners from local agencies including the Criminal Justice Training Commission, the police departments of Everett, Sammamish, Edmonds; and the sheriffs' offices of King County and Snohomish County.
  • Advisory committee is composed of chiefs or top commanders from area agencies including: the Criminal Justice Training Commission; the police departments of Bellevue, Bothell, Edmonds, Everett, Issaquah, Lake Forest Park, Mukilteo, Sammamish, and Seattle; and the sheriff’s offices of King County and Snohomish County.
  • The director is a retired police captain with a mixture of practical experience and academic achievement.  Her policing textbooks are nationally ranked and used by students throughout the country.  Her dissertation was on the topic of acquaintance rape and she was on the board of directors for a domestic violence shelter for many years.  She is a member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) and attends the meetings to ascertain the latest procedures, issues, and challenges faced by law enforcement agencies on a regular basis.

Criminal Justice course offerings:

* Courses designated with an asterisk below may be awarded by Prior Learning Assessment.

  • CJ & 110: Criminal Law*
  • CJ 120: Administration of Justice*
  • CJ 238: Crim Evidence/Const Law*
  • CJ 241: Principle of Investigation I*
  • CJ 130: Information Gathering*
  • CJ 290: Internship*
  • PHL 248 : Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CJ & 101: Intro to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 249:  Police Operations
  • CAST 102, 202, 285: Child Advocacy Studies
  • CJ 135: Crime Prevention Through Community Partnerships
  • CJ & 106: Juvenile Justice
  • CJ 245: Defensive Tactics
  • GWS 285: Gender, Violence and Social Change

See the complete Course Descriptions available online.


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