The mission of the Law Enforcement Technology program is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment as an entry-level law enforcement officer, as assessed through student competency evaluations and employer/student satisfaction surveys.
A law enforcement officer is an official representative of government who is entrusted with a wide variety of duties. Regardless of the type and size of the organization they work for, law enforcement officers are expected to perform in a professional manner. The highly competitive nature of obtaining most law enforcement positions requires applicants to be prepared academically, be physically fit, as well as have the hands-on skills necessary to do the job. Many entry-level applicants for law enforcement positions are encouraged or required to have completed at least two years of formal post-secondary education. The WDT Law Enforcement program will help prepare students with these requirements.
To gain successful entrance to the WDT Law Enforcement program, applicants must have an acceptable criminal background and be of good moral character. Items that will definitely exclude them from consideration are felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions concerning moral turpitude, domestic violence, and recent drug usage, to name a few. Applicants must have a current valid drivers license. In addition, they must not have any medical conditions which would prevent them from engaging in the day-to-day activities which a law enforcement officer may have to perform. This includes, but is not limited to, running, jumping, standing for long periods of time, driving, handling firearms, and engaging in strenuous physical activity. The training at WDT includes all of these aspects. This is not a strictly academic program; it has an extensive hands-on component to it.
From an academic viewpoint, it is important to be properly prepared in the basic English skills of grammar, spelling, and reading abilities. In the area of math applicants must be prepared in both basic math skills and algebra. To gain acceptance into the LET program applicants must:
- Complete WDT Application online at www.wdt.edu
- Submit High School transcript or GED scores.
- Submit Immunization Records verifying two doses of (MMR).
- Submit official college transcripts if you have previously attended a post-secondary institution.
- Provide a copy of valid driver’s license.
- ACCUPLACER test, $15.00 fee. (The ACCUPLACER test will be waived if you have an ACT sub score of 18 or better in English, Math, and Reading, or a SAT sub score of at least 440 in Verbal and Math. The scores must be within the last five years.)
- Complete a background check. (Background must be completed between February 2013 and August 2013)
- Complete a drug test. (Upon completion of background, must provide a negative drug screen. Student is responsible for screening cost)
Note: If you have been convicted, pled guilty or no contest to, or received a suspended imposition of sentence for a felony or other criminal offense (excluding minor traffic violations) you are advised that it may not be possible for you to participate in the internship or clinical portion of this program. You may also be prevented from taking required certification examinations and you may be prevented from gaining employment in this field. Any conviction for a crime of domestic violence will automatically prohibit entry into this program. Any questions should be directed to the program lead instructor.