February 9, 2023

Coastal Bend College

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Law Enforcement at Coastal Bend College

The student seeking an AAS in Law Enforcement will receive an industry driven foundation in contemporary law enforcement theory and practices. Knowledge of various styles of accepted policing and enforcement strategies and techniques common to the profession will be provided to the student. Graduates of the program will be competent in firearms, patrol techniques, crash investigation, crime scene investigation, defensive tactics, report writing, legal aspects, crisis intervention, family violence, criminal investigation and vehicle operation. The program prepares the student to enter into the field of law enforcement as an officer, deputy, state trooper, or agent at the federal, state, or local levels. Additionally, this field of study also prepares the student for entry and intermediate levels in careers in private security.

Students will develop a knowledge of the law enforcement profession and associated industries through learning objectives designed both to expose the student to and engage the student in the theory and practices of various classifications and styles of policing. Classroom instruction is combined with critical thinking exercises, practical skills practice, and demonstration. The student will receive instructional curriculum within the CBC Law Enforcement Program that emulates the Texas Peace Officer Basic Training Course as promulgated by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and train in those areas of study required by TCOLE.

The student will learn based upon a building block strategy in which the student will achieve through levels of certification towards the final goal of the Associates of Applied Science in Law Enforcement. The skills needed to succeed in law enforcement include the ability to safely and accurately handle and operate different firearm systems. To achieve that goal, the program requires the student to successfully complete the firearms training course offered within the course curriculum. Another learning area of industry priority is the ability to safely operate a patrol vehicle while on patrol. To meet this law enforcement need, CBC includes emergency and non-emergency vehicle training within its curriculum.

Program Cost & Highlights:

  • Students gain hands-on experience during tactics and training exercises conducted throughout the year.
  • In addition to tuition and fees, students also invest about $300-$500 for uniforms and course materials
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify.


Career Outlook:

  • Median hourly wage in the Coastal Bend region ranges from $30.27
  • Graduates from our programs launch their careers by working for agencies such as the United States Border Patrol, local police departments and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

 *Data obtained from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Corpus Christi region, 2018.



Associate of Applied Science- Law Enforcement

Certificate Level I- Criminal Justice Interest (36 hours)

Certificate Level I- Fundamentals of Law Enforcement (18 hours)

Certificate Level II- Forensic Science (44 hours)

Occupational Skills Award- Law Enforcement (12 hours)