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*IAI (Illinois Articulation Agreement) - An agreement among participating Illinois colleges and universities to help Illinois college students transfer credit as easily as possible. See an advisor in the Advising and Counseling for additional information, or read about the IAI at www.iTransfer.org.

Law Enforcement

LAE100 - Preparation for Fire Service and Law Enforcement Entrance Examination
Course instructs firefighter and police officer candidates about all aspects of hiring process. Content includes how to locate job opportunities; properly complete job applications; take written physical, psychological, and medical examinations; and prepare for oral interview by Police and Fire Commissioners. Credit cannot be received in both FIR 100 and LAE 100.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 0)

LAE101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
Course studies history, development, operation and philosophy of American criminal justice system. Content includes legislative, police, prosecutor, courts and corrections agencies involved in administration of criminal justice; current issues and trends; juvenile justice system and career opportunities.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE110 - Introduction to Public Safety Careers - Fire, Police, and Emergency Medical Services - I
Course introduces three areas of public safety: fire, police, and Emergency Medical Services. Fire content instructs the student on fire department organization and operations, and general aspects of fire science. Police content instructs the student on police department organization and operations, and different criminal justice careers. Emergency Medical Services content instructs the student on emergency medical technician career paths and introduction to the health care professional careers. The student will be trained as a Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) member. Credit cannot be received in both LAE 110 and FIR 110.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)

LAE111 - Introduction to Public Safety Careers - Fire, Police, and Emergency Medical Services - II
Course continues an introduction in three areas of public safety: fire, police, and Emergency Medical Services. Fire content instructs the student on fire department organization and operations, and general aspects of fire science. Police contentinstructs the student on police department organization and operations, and different criminal justice careers. Emergency Medical Services content instructs the student on emergency medical technician career paths and introduction to the health care professional careers. The student will be trained by American Heart Association (AHA) Standards for CPR, AED, and First Aid. Credit cannot be received in both LAE 111 and FIR 111.Prerequisite: LAE 110 or FIR 110.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)

LAE121 - Police Organization and Administration
(offered fall semester only)Course studies organization and management of law enforcement agencies. Content includes functional groupings, delegation of authority and specialization, public relations, personnel and training.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE122 - Police Operations
(offered spring semester only)Course presents administration of police line operations. Focus is on patrol function, and prevention of crime. Content includes traffic, investigative, juvenile, vice. and other specialized operational units.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE130 - Vice and Drug Control
Course reviews historical and sociological developments in drug addiction and vice control. Content includes studies of narcotic addiction and effects of hypnotic drugs, bookmaking, gambling, and prostitution.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE135 - Forensics I
Course will familiarize students with the different disciplines of forensic science, the types of examinations conducted in crime scenes and other applications of forensic science in the modern criminal justice system. Students will be provided an overview of crime scene investigations, death investigations, evidence-gathering techniques, and the analysis of physical evidence in the field and laboratory setting.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 2)
Fee: $15

LAE140 - Corrections
Course is regarding the criminal justice system of corrections, which offers a functional analysis of corrections in the American justice system. The course covers and explores various aspects of the: social history of punishment, environmental conditions, staff and inmate safety, prisoner rights litigation, overcrowding, gender and ethnicity, special needs, gang control strategies, and growth of supermax prisons. The course is a useful introduction to career planning for employment in the corrections field.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE150 - Report Writing
Course will improve the report writing and communication skills of students, police officers, detectives, and corrections officers. Students will learn how to write a clear and precise police report, focusing on format, coherence, and voice. Appropriate diction, grammar, punctuation, and spelling will be addressed. Students will also learn how to report incidents and document the crime scene accurately and thoroughly. Course may not meet major requirements at transfer institutions. See your counselor for more information.Prerequisite: EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE180 - Introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS)
Course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (ICS 700) and the Incident Command System (ICS 100). NIMS content describes the key concepts and principles of NIMS, and how NIMS provides a consistent nation-wide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations, to work together during domestic incidents. ICS content describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of ICS. The course will explain the relationship between NIMS and ICS. Students cannot earn credit for both FIR 180 and LAE 180.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE192 - Emergency Response Tactical Operations
A course in tactical planning for emergency responders using pre-plan scenarios to coordinate tactical operations. Emphasis is on crisis management by fire, police and support personnel in implementing tactical operations for any and all emergencies. Hazards include fire, hostile intruder, severe weather, utility outages, natural disasters, and facility security. Technologies are used in a lab environment to gain information about the condition of personnel and to assessrisk. Technologies include surveillance, pre-plans, and converged communications to provide information to emergency operations managers for developing the appropriate tactical response and recovery efforts. Credit cannot be received in both LAE 192 and FIR 192. Recommended: CAD 191 or FIR 191.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)

LAE201 - Criminology
Course examines aspects of crime. Content includes types of crimes and criminals, factors involved in criminal behavior, control, and prevention.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE215 - The Criminal Judicial System
Course covers criminal court structure of U.S. Content includes historical development of criminal justice within the judicial branch of government, role of the criminal courts in justice system, levels of courts and roles of persons employed in this unit of criminal justice system.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE221 - Criminal Law
(offered fall semester only)Course covers history and principles of criminal law. Content includes development of court system; constitutional, statutory and common law; civil liability, rules of evidence, and criminal procedures.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE222 - Criminal Law
(offered spring semester only)Course continues LAE 221. Content includes principles of arrest, search and seizure; evaluation of evidence and admissibility; identification and classification of criminal offenses; court decisions, and the Illinois Criminal Code and courtroom and criminal trial procedures.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE234 - Ethics and Leadership in Policing
Course prepares students to successfully resolve critical ethical and leadership issues they will encounter in their law enforcement careers. Content includes developing and maintaining professional integrity, the proper exercise of discretion and authority, morale and motivation, and responsibility for ethical conduct. It also explores analysis and evaluation of ethical dilemmas, roles of professional organizations and agencies, ethics and community relations, ethics in criminal justice laws and procedures and civil liability in law enforcement and correctional environments.Prerequisite: - Recommended: LAE 101 or consent of instructor.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE235 - Criminal Investigations
Course presents a study of criminal investigation procedure. Content includes conduct at crime scenes, collection and preservation of evidence and methods used in a police science laboratory.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE236 - Electronic Imaging for Police Investigations
Course explores software imaging technology used for law enforcement investigations. Content includes methods, protocols, and techniques for forensic video analysis and enhancement; composite drawing software, and computer-aided fingerprint identification and comparison.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 2)
Fee: $30

LAE240 - Police Defense Techniques
(offered spring semester only)Course examines defense techniques. Content includes principles of self-defense against persons armed with dangerous weapons; psychology in use of force; physical and mental preparation and practice in defense and control techniques;and arrest and search procedures.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 2)

LAE241 - Advanced Police Defense Techniques
Course will build on Police Defense Techniques LAE 240. Content includes principles of self-defense against armed and unarmed suspects. It will cover law enforcement use of force limitations and the psychological and physical conditioning officers need to maintain. Prerequisite: LAE 240
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 2)

LAE245 - Juvenile Delinquency
Course studies causes of juvenile delinquency. Content includes psychological, social and environmental causes; organization, jurisdiction and function of juvenile agencies; juvenile detention and processing; and statutes and court procedures for juveniles.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE250 - Victimology
Course focuses on the criminal event from both the perspective of victims and the motives of offenders. It will examine victimization patterns, typologies, lifestyles, causal factors, consequences and the treatment of victims by thecriminal justice system. Students will identify pre-incident warning signs and learn about strategies used to prevent future harm.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE251 - Law Enforcement Practicum
Course provides students with a broad experience through appropriate observation and directed experience in operating segments of law enforcement. It takes place in partnership agreements between Oakton Community College and host law enforcement agencies. Students are assigned to the agency in addition to participation in regularly conducted review sessions to assess the student’s progress, problem areas and the work environment. The students must complete minimum of 8 hours of service a week for 16 weeks during the semester. Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 15 credits in LAE with a grade of C or better in each course and consent of the program chair.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 15)

LAE260 - Law Enforcement and Community Relations
Course studies relationship between police and public. Content includes police involvement in community activities with emphasis on role of police in community tension and conflict.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE270 - Law of Evidence
(offered fall semester only)Course examines legal aspects of evidence. Content includes search and seizure, civil rights, handling of suspects, evaluation of evidence and court admissibility.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE275 - Industrial Security Administration
Course examines the principles of industrial security. Content includes organization and management of industry and government security, andadministrative and legal responsibilities.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE276 - Traffic Investigation
Course studies traffic and law enforcement. Content includes duties of agencies responsible for highway traffic law enforcement; accident investigation; regulation and enforcement, and Illinois traffic laws.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE277 - Crowd Control and Disaster Procedures
Course examines group and disaster situations. Content includes behavior of various groups of people under extreme environmental conditions such as riot, natural disaster or wartime attack; preventive measures, and techniques forrestoration of order.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE280 - Incident Command System (ICS) for Single Resource and Initial Action Incidents
Course is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System structure. Content (ICS 200) focuses on the management of single resources by supervisory personnel for command and control of the incident or event. Students cannot earn credit for both FIR 280 and LAE 280.Prerequisite: FIR 180 or LAE 180 or consent of instructor.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE281 - The National Response Framework (NRF), Intermediate and Advanced Incident Command System (ICS)
Course has three parts: 1) National Response Framework (ICS 800) content is an introduction to the concept and principles of the NRF; 2) Intermediate ICS (ICS 300) content provides tactical expertise for personnel on advanced ICS for expanding incidents; and 3) Advanced ICS (ICS 400) content provides management skills for area command or multi-agency coordination for major/complex incidents or events.Prerequisite: FIR 280 or LAE 280 or consent of instructor.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

LAE290 - Topics in Law Enforcement
Course designed to meet the special needs of the law enforcement program student in current issues in the profession (e.g. leadership, ethics, administration, community relations, supervision, and manpower allocation). Special topics will be offered for variable credit from one to four semester credit hours. Students may repeat LAE 290 up to three times on different topics for a maximum of nine semester credit hours.Prerequisite: May vary by topic.
1-4 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-4; lab: 1-4)

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