Law Enforcement Investigation

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Law Enforcement Investigation is designed to prepare the law enforcement officer to become a specialist in the investigation of criminal activity and to successfully assist in prosecution. Courses address case management, legal aspects of interviewing, search and seizure, and courtroom presentations. Students will demonstrate skills related to these areas in a crime scene scenario.


Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Law Enforcement Investigation (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Spring 2022
Admissions criteria

Student must be Law Enforcement personnel or have permission of Program Director.


This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Describe the skills needed to manage investigative case assignments.
  2. Describe techniques for investigating specific categories of crime.
  3. Describe the legal requirements for conducting searches.
  4. Describe the legal requirements for conducting interviews, as well as the personal attributes of the officer necessary for a successful interview.
  5. Describe the requirements for a complete investigative report.
  6. Describe proper preparation for court testimony and proper behavior when testifying.
  7. Describe motions and legal proceedings involved in court presentations.
  8. Demonstrate the correct method of preserving and seizing computer evidence.
  9. Demonstrate skills required to investigate and report a crime scene, including proper decision making regarding legal aspects.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary


* Career and wage information provided by Pipeline AZ using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources. Sources

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
LET225 or
(LET225AA and
LET225AB and
LET225AC and
LET225AD and
LET225AE and
LET225AF and
(LET254 and
Criminal Investigations Certification or (Criminal Investigations Certification I and Criminal Investigations Certification II and Criminal Investigations Certification III and Criminal Investigations Certification IV and Criminal Investigations Certification V and Criminal Investigations Certification VI and Criminal Investigations Certification VII) or (Criminal Investigations Detective I and Criminal Investigations Detective II) 6

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.