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Law Enforcement Certificate - 30-31 credits

Why Choose a Law Enforcement Certificate?

This certificate 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 certificate will allow you to take the POST Board license exam required to be a police officer in Minnesota.

Skills Acquired


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


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 State Pay 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.



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

Certificates in Law Enforcement

The Certificate in Law Enforcement is designed for students who already have completed either an associate or bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university.

Students in this track may use previous college courses to replace equivalent required liberal arts courses. These courses need to be evaluated by a counselor and/or petitioned for acceptance.

At least one third of the credits required for this certificate must be completed at Normandale, including those taken at the Law Enforcement Education Center (LEEC).

This certificate is designed to prepare graduates for police work. The Certificate in Law Enforcement is designed for students who already have completed either an associate or bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university.

Coursework in practical skills is offered at the Law Enforcement Education Center (LEEC). For more information on LEEC, call 763-657-3700.

Required Courses - 30-31 credits

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are prerequisites for admission to the Law Enforcement Education Center (LEEC), must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each course, and require a minimum combined GPA of 2.5.

Code Title Credits
ENGC 1101* Freshman Composition 4
ENGC 2102* Business and Technical Writing 3
EXSC 1129 Fitness for Life I 2
PSYC 1100* Psychology in Modern Life 3
or PSYC 1110* Introduction to Psychology 4
SOC 1104* Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 2110* American Minority Relations 3
SOC 2114* Families in Crisis 3
SOC 2130* Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
SOC 2131* Juvenile Justice 3
SOC 2132* Police and Community 3

Professional Licensing Core Courses

Completion of this certificate prepares students to apply to LEEC where they will be able to take coursework required to become a licensed police officer. 

Courses below will be taken over two semesters at LEEC.

Course Course Name Credits
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
LAWE 2261 In Progress Responses 2
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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Additional Requirements to take the POST examination

Completion of First Responder, Emergency Medical Response or EMT course is required prior to taking the licensing exam. HLTH 2209 fulfills this requirement.

Other Certificate Requirements

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn at least one third of the required certificate credits from Normandale.