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.
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
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.
Degrees & Certificates in Law Enforcement
Normandale Community College offers an Associate's Degree in Law Enforcement
The Law Enforcement Transfer Pathway (AS) offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Law Enforcement bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs in a related field.
This program is designed to prepare students to be eligible to take the Minnesota Peace Officer Licensing Exam and eventually enter police work.
Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.
Core Courses - 46-47 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.
Additional Requirements to Take the POST examination
Completion of 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.
Other Degree 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 a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.