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Law Enforcement (AS)

Why Choose Law Enforcement?

This program offers great preparation to work in the police force, or to pursue other careers in law enforcement or criminal justice. You will get a well-rounded preparation in courses that apply to law enforcement, and have the opportunity to figure out which aspects interest you the most. The degree will allow you to take the POST Board license exam required to be a police officer in Minnesota.

Skills Acquired

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Individuals who study law enforcement will learn skills in:

  • Written & presentation skills
  • Quantitative skills
  • Skills in research and scientific methodology
  • Critical thinking
  • Understand nature of crimes
  • Decision-making
  • Research strategies
  • Ethics and moral values
  • Interviewing skills
  • Broad understanding of criminal law the criminal justice system
  • Computer literacy
  • Knowledge of legal structure

Careers in Law Enforcement

Projected Job Growth

Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 5% from 2012 to 2022.

Types of Jobs

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Individuals who pursue Law Enforcement can qualify for positions such as:

  • Bailiffs
  • College Criminal Justice Teachers
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators
  • Emergency Management Directors
  • Financial Examiners
  • Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
  • Private Detectives and Investigators
  • Security Guards
  • Supervisors of Police Officers

 

Average Pay

ISeek.org lists the median income in the state of Minnesota for detectives and criminal investigators as $68,598 annually ($32.98 per hour), and at $61,298 annually ($29.47) for police and sheriff patrol officers.

Description

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Law enforcement and police science programs prepare people to work as police and other security officers.

Degrees & Certificates in Law Enforcement

Normandale Community College offers an Associate's Degree in Law Enforcement

 

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This program is designed to prepare graduates for police work. Coursework in academic and practical skills is offered at the Law Enforcement Education Center (LEEC). For more information on LEEC, call 763-657-3700.

Required prerequisite courses for admission to the Law Enforcement Education Center (LEEC):
Coursework market with an asterisk (*) must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each course and with a minimum combined GPA of 2.00 in all 9 prerequisite courses.

General Education Requirements - 32 credits

Code Title Credits
ENGC 1101* Freshman Composition 4
ENGC 2102 Business and Technical Writing 3
PSYC 1110 Introduction to Psychology 4
SOC 1104* Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 2110* American Minority Relations 3
or SOC 1101 Cultural Diversity 3
SOC 2114* Families in Crisis 3
SOC 2130 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3

Additional Program Major Courses - 6 credits

Code Title Credits
SOC 2131* Juvenile Justice 3
SOC 2132* Police and Community 3

Complete at least one of the following for 3 credits:

Code Title Credits
POLS 2250 Constitutional Law 3
SOC 1106 Social Problems in a Changing World 3
SOC 2133 Community Crime Prevention 3
SOC 2096 Internship in Sociology 2-4

Additional Requirements to take the POST examination

Completion of First Responder, Emergency Medical Response or EMT course is required prior to taking licensing exam. HLTH 2209 fulfills this requirement. Students with current certification may petition completion of the requirement and substitute another 3 credit course for HLTH 2209. NOTE: A successful petition will not affect the 68 credit requirement for the Associate of Science degree.

Professional Licensing Core Courses - 22 credits

Taken over 2 semesters at LEEC.

Course Course Name Credits
Semester 1
LAWE 2225 Criminal Investigation 3
LAWE 2230 Legal Issues - Law Enforcement 3
LAWE 2231 Minnesota Criminal and Traffic Codes 3
LAWE 2235 Police Report Writing/interview 2
LAWE 2241  Police Response and Human Behavior 3
Semester 2
LAWE 2260 In Progress Responses 1
LAWE 2275 Traffic 1
LAWE 2280 Defensive Tactics 2
LAWE 2285 Crime Scenes and Evidence 1
LAWE 2290 Firearms 2
LAWE 2300 Tactical Driving for Law Enforcement Students 0
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