Police Studies
Certificate Program

Berkeley College’s Police Studies Certificate Program emphasizes the fundamental skills and knowledge in policing. These include the history of policing, report writing, the importance of police-community relations, and more. 


*Cost applies if registrant pays up front for the complete 12-credit program.

You’ll learn the essential attitudes and personal qualities that you can apply to any career or increase your personal knowledge of police in America. Courses are taught by regular Berkeley faculty members, many of whom have extensive professional experience in various areas of the criminal justice field.

The program can be completed in just two semesters by taking two courses (six credits) per semester. The courses in the Certificate in Police Studies program can be taken Online or at any New Jersey campus where the courses are offered. Online students will have the option to take one or more of the courses on site.

Credits earned may count toward the Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree programs in Justice Studies - Criminal Justice at Berkeley College after you apply and are accepted into either one of these programs.

Individuals with a high school diploma or its equivalent are welcome to enroll in this certificate program. There is a short registration form, but no formal acceptance process.

Course Descriptions

Introduces the major institutions of justice in society. Topics include justice in a free society, the police, courts, correctional services, the balance of individual rights and public order, law and public policy, and factors affecting the future of the justice system.

Examines the nature and importance of communication within the criminal justice system. Students develop report writing skills and an understanding of the impact report writing has on the investigation and prosecution of crime, as well as on the administration of justice.

Introduces the history of community relations and the police. This course explores public relations programs and strategies.

Introduces the history and traditions of American policing. Examines the role of the police in advancing justice in a democratic society. Topics include law enforcement operations and strategies, such as profiling, organizational structure, community affairs, police use of force, and various major concerns in public policy.

Semester 1

  • JUS1100 - Introduction to Justice Studies (3 Credits)
  • JUS1110 - Communication Skills in Criminal Justice (3 Credits)

Semester 2

  • JUS2210 - Community Relations and Police (3 Credits)
  • SOC2218 - Police and Society (3 Credits)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Students in the Continuing Education programs and courses are not eligible for Berkeley College grants, scholarships, financial aid, VA benefits, or career assistance.