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.
Individuals who study law enforcement will learn skills in:
Written & presentation skills
Skills in research and scientific methodology
Understand nature of crimes
Ethics and moral values
Broad understanding of criminal law the criminal justice system
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:
College Criminal Justice Teachers
Detectives and Criminal Investigators
Emergency Management Directors
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
Private Detectives and Investigators
Supervisors of Police Officers
Average State 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.
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.