Community Policing

Prepare for your next career step with a thorough study of the role of police in a changing society. Topics include managing communications in organizations, public speaking, maintenance of order, and crime reduction within the community.





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Classes start: January 24
and March 22

Credits Required

18 credits

Ways to Save

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A resident of Central Falls, Cranston, East Providence, Foster, Glocester or Pawtucket?

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At UC, You Can

This professional certificate program allows you to be the best asset to your community you can be. With courses in public speaking, ethics, and cultural awareness, the Certificate in Community Policing prepares students to be effective police officers in a changing society. 

This certificate will help you to reach your ultimate goal, whether that be a degree, a career or promotion, recognition for your skills in the civilian world, or a life accomplishment. 

As you work with our faculty, each respected in their field, you'll build lasting connections that open doors to your success.

Cunanan"My experience of 30 years on the job as a police officer definitely benefits my ability to pass on knowledge and facilitate a conversation in the classroom,"

Edward Cunanan ’08 '13M, Captain, Woonsocket Police Department, Woonsocket, RI
More: UC Adjunct Professor Captain Edward Cunanan brings experience to the classroom

Enrollment in a degree program is not required for enrollment in the certificate program. However, students interested in pursuing a degree may apply the credits earned through this certificate program to selected baccalaureate degree programs.

Six required courses = 18 credits 

Sample Courses

Cultural Awareness
Cultural Awareness in A Global Society 
Police on Horseback
Police Community Relations
Communications in Organizations

A Pathway to Your Degree

The professional certificate in Community Policing can be used as a stepping stone toward the completion of an Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice or Policing, Public Safety, and Security. Certificates allow you to earn your degree in one step at a time, adding credentials to your resume along the way. 

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How You'll Get There

At UC, we support you on your individual path. Whether you are just starting out or picking up where you left off, we work with you to accomplish your goals. As you work with our faculty, each respected in their field, you'll build lasting connections that open doors to your success.

You may take advantage of our prior learning assessment, applying transfer credit, trainings and assessments, military experience, work experience, and self-taught skills toward your certificate. 

An Expert Advisor

All matriculating students are assigned a on-on-one advisor, who is both an adjunct professor and an expert in their field. 

Flexible Options to Suit Your Schedule 

You may complete this entire program online, from anywhere, on your own schedule. Depending on the needs and interests of our students, we also offer in-person courses to bring your learning to life through face-to-face discussion. Our hybrid on-line and in-person courses give you the best of both worlds. Your advisor will help you determine which path is best for you.

Individualized Support, More Affordable

At University College, you get the individualized attention of a private university at a more affordable cost. There are multiple options for financial aid, scholarships, and accelerated paths to get you to the degree you need. Some programs run by Roger Williams are awarded by simply applying for admission, while others are awarded to students through a more formal aid application process.

To ensure full consideration for all aid programs, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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