Program Focus

The Law Enforcement Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is designed to prepare students for two primary objectives: (1) gain the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively function as a peace officer and citizen and (2) develop skills and characteristics necessary to successfully pass the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board examination and gain employment.

This program combines academic instruction with a high degree of hands-on training essential to develop appropriate skills. For example, students learn traffic laws in the classroom setting and apply the learning in a hands-on setting that utilizes actors, patrol vehicles, on-board computers, and radio. The equipment used in class is the same that is commonly used by the law enforcement profession.

Persons interested in the Law Enforcement program must have a high school diploma or GED and a valid driver's license. Applicants who do not meet the minimum selection standards for the appointment of a peace officer in the State of Minnesota are counseled and encouraged to explore other career options.

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Qualifications

Persons interested in the Law Enforcement program must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate. A valid driver's license is also required. Applicants who do not meet the minimum standards for the appointment of peace officers in the State of Minnesota are counseled and encouraged to explore other career options. The admission process is designed to increase the applicant’s understanding for successful adjustment in the Law Enforcement program and for successful job placement. This process includes a series of written, oral, and agility assessments.