Law Enforcement Skills Certificate

Our Law Enforcement Skills Certificate provide the academic knowledge and the physical skills required for students with an Associate’s degree from a POST Board-approved college or university to qualify for Minnesota police officer licensure.

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Law Enforcement Skills Certificate Course List

Major and Core Courses

Lower Division

  • Traffic Enforcement: Managing Traffic Violators
  • Firearms I: Fundamentals of Armed Police Response
  • Firearms II: Tactics for Combat Gunfighting
  • Use of Force I: From Empty Hands to TASERs
  • Use of Force II: Winning Violent Confrontations
  • Crime Scene Response: The Real CSI
  • Minnesota Traffic Code
  • Minnesota Criminal Code
  • Patrol Practicals: Handling Calls in Progress
  • Capstone for Law Enforcement

Students will learn the skills for legal, effective, and safe traffic enforcement on city streets and major thoroughfares. They will examine implications of traffic codes and relevant court decisions through practical application. They will explore criminal and drug interdiction strategies through effective traffic enforcement, and special considerations in impaired driver enforcement. They will learn to operate enforcement tools such as speed detection devices and alcohol sensory equipment. Students will examine the writing and articulation of enforcement decisions, and potential court outcomes of enforcement actions.

Prerequisites:Communication and Problem Solving in Law Enforcement or enrolled in certificate

Course ID: CJK2081
Credits: 3


Students will learn the fundamental principles of marksmanship for firearms competency, and will progress to police specific skills needed for proficiency in firearms use. They will practice the care and maintenance of firearms.

Prerequisites:Communication and Problem Solving in Law Enforcement or enrolled in certificate

Course ID: CJK2124
Credits: 2


Students will build upon fundamental principles of marksmanship to gain firearms skills unique to law enforcement and officer survival. They will examine considerations related to use of force and deadly force, focusing on decision-making in force levels and articulation of force decisions. They will implement tactical considerations throughout training, including combat firearms skills and mental preparation for use of deadly force. Students will experience scenario-based and simulation training to help them synthesize shooting skills with proper use-of-force decisions in real-time situations.

Prerequisite:Firearms I: Fundamentals of Armed Police Response

Course ID: CJK2247
Credits: 2


Students will learn fundamental fighting principles, including technical and psychological aspects of physical combat. They will use tactical positioning, command presence, verbalization skills, and interpretation of body language in confrontational situations. Compliance and control techniques will be taught, ranging from empty-hand techniques, ground defense, and weapon retention to application of common police officer tools such as handcuffs, chemicals, batons, and electronic control devices. They will explore concepts of physical fitness and mental survival.

Prerequisites:Communication and Problem Solving in Law Enforcement or enrolled in certificate

Course ID: CJK2339
Credits: 2


Students will build on fundamental police defensive tactics to synthesize physical knowledge with use-of-force decision-making. They will learn decision-making skills in ambiguous use-of-force incidents, demonstrating their ability to assess situations, respond appropriately, apply reasonable force, and articulate their reasoning. They will use practical application exercises and scenario-based training to maximize training effects.

Prerequisite:Use of Force I: From Empty Hands to TASERS

Course ID: CJK2406
Credits: 2


Students will examine the investigation processes for crime scenes and crashes. They will explore issues of scene security, evidence collection, handling, and processing, and documentation. They will discuss legal issues of crime scene processing, and review basic investigation and reporting forms and the reporting requirements established by statute and policy.

Prerequisites:Communication and Problem Solving in Law Enforcement or enrolled in certificate

Course ID: CJK2563
Credits: 3


This course will explore motor vehicle laws and statutes related to traffic enforcement in Minnesota. Students will examine rules pertaining to driving, equipment, motor vehicle insurance, driver licensing and will identify unique circumstances and vehicles in traffic law, including commercial motor vehicles, implements of husbandry, boats, and all terrain vehicles. Students will also review alcohol and drugs impairments to driving, and enforcement of related laws.

Prerequisites:Introduction to Criminal Justice or enrolled in certificate

Course ID: CJK2640
Credits: 2


Students will examine the Minnesota criminal code and related statutes to gain a thorough understanding of peace officer responsibilities under Minnesota law. Students will review specific Minnesota crimes and their elements, level of offenses, charge process, applicable statutes concerning sentencing and punishment.

Prerequisites:Introduction to Criminal Justice or enrolled in certificate

Course ID: CJK2724
Credits: 2


Students will synthesize learning from all areas of training. They will respond to realistic calls for service and apply their knowledge of law enforcement to achieve resolution of a variety of common policing scenarios. They will discuss fire, arson, and explosives response. They will learn principles of good judgment and decision-making, and will articulate their enforcement choices and the potential legal implications of each. Students will also learn fundamental driving principles for routine and high-speed pursuit driving, and will apply these principles in laboratory exercises. They will discuss the legal and policy aspects of police pursuits and effective call response.

Prerequisites:Use of Force I: From Empty Hands to TASERS; Firearms I: Fundamentals of Armed Police Response; Traffic Enforcement: Managing Traffic Violators; Crime Scene Response: The Real CSI or enrolled in Certificate

Course ID: CJK2881
Credits: 4


This course will focus on demonstrating mastery of the knowledge and skills needed for a successful law enforcement career.  Students will evaluate criminal laws, procedures, and professional standards, and will reexamine learning about diverse community populations.  Students will also review licensing requirements, and the application and hiring processes to prepare for their future career.

Prerequisites:Students must be enrolled in the Law Enforcement program and in their last or second to last quarter.

Course ID: CJE2990
Credits: 2

Total Certificate Credits

Major and Core Credits: 24

Total Skills Certificate Credits: 24

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