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Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars' (LECS) Program

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does the LECS program include?
  2. How will the LECS program help me to become a peace officer?
  3. What is the required age needed to participate in the LECS program?
  4. Can I be a freshman in the LECS program? 
  5. Am I required to participate in any physical activities? How physically fit do I need to be?  
  6. What is the time commitment required? Am I required to participate on weekends?
  7. Is there a standard GPA needed to participate in the LECS program?
  8. How can I apply to the LECS program?
  9. How do I earn a Certificate of Academic Achievement in Law Enforcement through this program?
  10. How can I contact the LECS program if I have any other questions?

What does the LECS program include?

  • The LECS program is a two-year career pathway partnership program between Sacramento State and local and state law enforcement agencies, designed to prepare and transform students to become sworn law enforcement officers in Sacramento and throughout California.
  • Students will participate in a LECS orientation, mentoring, leadership training, and academic and career development workshops (phase 1) in coordination with partnering agencies, along with an internship and field experience with a partnering law enforcement agency (phase 2).
  • The LECS program builds bridges with the community and places a special emphasis on cultural competence and includes field experience, civic engagement and intercultural communications skills development.
  • Students who successfully complete the LECS program and get approval of partnering law enforcement agencies, subject to availability of open positions, will be offered a position as a paid Law Enforcement Cadet in a POST-certified academy upon graduation.  
  • Attend a LECS information session to learn more about the benefits of the program (check www.csus.edu/hhs/lecs for latest info session schedule).

How will the LECS program help me to become a peace officer?

One of the main LECS program objectives is to help you to become career ready and successully navigate through the process of applying to become a peace officer to reduce barriers and disparities. The career readiness workshops prepare you for passing the physical ability tests, the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery, law enforcement application processes, oral interviews, defensive driving, defensive tactics, leadership training, communications and cultural competence, effective decision making and de-escalation options, and other skills needed to succeed as a law enforcement cadet in a law enforcement academy and as a sworn peace officer. Armed with academic, career and leadership skills, LECS program graduates will be ready to affect change and make a difference in their communities, "from scholars to officers". Successful candidates will be offered a position as a paid law enforcement cadet in a 6 month academy and become sworn peace officers with the sponsoring agencies, subject to availability of open positions and sponsoring agency approval. 

What is the required age needed to participate in the LECS program?

Students must meet the minimum requirements for California Peace Officer certification (http://www.post.ca.gov/peace-officer-selection-requirements-regulations.aspxwhich means at least 18 years of age. However, some law enforcement agencies may have age restrictions that require candidates to be 21 years of age before the date of appointment as a peace officer. 

Can I be a freshman in the LECS program?

In order to complete the LECS program on time you must be identified as a Junior or Senior according to Sacramento State at the time of acceptance. The reason for this restriction is that the program is designed as a career pathway program for students to enter a law enforcement academy as a law enforcement cadet immediately upon graduation or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Am I required to complete any physical activities? How physically fit do I need to be?

Yes, you will be required to participate in physical training and practice tests to help to prepare you to successfully pass the physical tests needed to enter and pass a law enforcement academy. The physical requirements for peace officers are different in each agency, but every agency requires a level of physical fitness as demonstrated by a standard physical ability test/police physical test (e.g. obstacle course, push ups, running, and climbing). The LECS program will include workouts and physical training to help to prepare you for the police physical ability tests and the rigors of the law enforcement academy. 

What is the time commitment of this program? Am I required to participate on weekends?

The LECS program requires a two-year commitment of at least 4 hours and up to 8 hours each week during the academic year. During the first year of the program (phase 1), LECS program workshops, field work and training will be held primarily on Fridays and on select Saturdays and other weekdays to be determined during the Fall and Spring semesters (workshop locations vary; check LECS Student Resources page for tentative schedule). The second year (phase 2) consists of an internship and training with a law enforcement agency and schedules vary from 45 hours to 120 hours per semester, with schedules arranged in coordination with the sponsoring law enforcement agency.  

Is there a standard GPA needed to participate in the LECS program?

You must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 to participate in the program. Academic support referrals will be provided to assist you with maintaining this GPA throughout the duration of the program.

How can I apply to the program?

The LECS program application is online and includes information on eligibility, education, work and legal history and a personal statement. Applicants will also be required to upload all college transcripts.  Successful students will also be required to complete a background check prior to being approved for the program. All information will be kept confidential.

How do I earn a Certificate of Academic Achievement in Law Enforcement through this program?

Starting in 2017-2018, a Certificate of Academic Achievement in Law Enforcement, recognized on the LECS students' transcripts, will be awarded to eligible Candidates. To be eligible for the Certificate at graduation, Candidates must be bachelor's degree candidates and have successfully completed all LECS workshops, the LECS academic internship, and LECS related coursework. See Catalog for Law Enforcement Certificate academic requirements. Visit the Criminal Justice Advising Center or LECS program office for the latest requirements for eligible LECS candidates to earn this distinction.

How can I contact the LECS program if I have any other questions?

Contact the director via phone at (916)278-5157, email lecs@csus.edu or stop by the LECS office during office hours (Spring 2017: Monday/Wednesday 8-10 am; contact lecs@csus.edu for appointments) in Alpine Hall 112.