Law Enforcement Academic Certificate

Law Enforcement Academic 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 Academic Certificate Course List

Major and Core Courses

Lower Division

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Domestic Violence
  • Policing in America
  • Ethics and Psychology for Law Enforcement Professionals
  • Juvenile Justice: Delinquency, Dependency, and Diversion
  • Special Populations: Law Enforcement Response
  • Minnesota Traffic Code
  • Minnesota Criminal Code
  • Criminal Law and Procedures: Crime and the Courtroom
  • Communication and Problem-Solving in Law Enforcement

This course is an introductory course designed to provide students with foundational knowledge of the criminal justice field and U.S. legal system. Students will explore the different components of the criminal justice system and the role of professionals involved. Students will examine the sources and the purposes of law as an effort to regulate behavior of people in organized society. Topics covered will include elements of a criminal offense, the function and purpose of law enforcement, the structure of the judicial system, and the steps of a criminal case from investigation to conviction and appeal. Students will also examine the purposes and types of punishments and unique aspects of the juvenile justice system.


Course ID: CCJ1000
Credits: 4

This course examines the categories of domestic violence. Students will apply theory to prevention and intervention programs. The roles of each component of the criminal justice system in response to domestic violence perpetrators and victims will be explored. The course includes an examination of community resources for domestic violence.

Prerequisites:Introduction to Criminal Justice

Course ID: CCJ2685
Credits: 4

Students will examine the historical roots of policing in the U.S., including events and policies that have shaped modern policing strategies. Students will study the purpose and organizational structure of law enforcement agencies and the unique challenges and risks associated with policing duties. They will explore the philosophy of public service and the importance of problem-solving, communication skills, ethics, and professionalism in carrying out law enforcement duties. Officer-citizen relationship issues will be explored, including incidents involving people of diverse populations. They will also study contemporary practices concerning crime prevention and police response, including community oriented policing and intelligence-led policing. Students will examine constitutional limitations on the authority of officers in criminal cases.

Prerequisites:Introduction to Criminal Justice

Course ID: CJE1006
Credits: 4

This course will examine the ethical dilemmas encountered by law enforcement professionals. Students will analyze the roles of discretion, bias, and professionalism in the field. The course will also examine sources and effects of stress in law enforcement and explore preparation for and management of stress.

Prerequisites:Criminal Law and Procedure

Course ID: CJE2566
Credits: 3

This course will provide an overview of the juvenile justice system. Students will examine the history and theoretical foundation of juvenile justice. Students will learn how child development impacts delinquency and the categories of youth addressed in the system. The course will demonstrate how the juvenile justice system functions within all components of the criminal justice system and explore current and future trends.

Prerequisites:Introduction to Criminal Justice

Course ID: CJE2172
Credits: 4

This course will explore the role of law enforcement in serving special populations in our communities. It focuses on mental illness, substance abuse, and other disabilities. Students will examine law enforcement’s work with victims and explore cultural diversity in policing.

Prerequisites:Policing in America

Course ID: CJE1775
Credits: 4

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

This course introduces definitions and terminology of criminal law and procedural elements of prosecution of a criminal case. Students will examine prosecution of criminal cases in the federal and state court system. They will study crimes against persons, property, against public order, public health and safety, and defenses that may be raised in a criminal case. This course will prepare students to explore suspect’s procedural rights at all steps of a criminal case.

Prerequisites:Policing in America or Introduction to Law and the Legal System

Course ID: CJL1381
Credits: 4

Students will explore the various communication and problem-solving skills required to be successful in law enforcement. They will examine effective interpersonal skills, written skills, and communication techniques appropriate for the incident or audience. Topics covered in this course are crisis intervention and crisis management techniques, the importance of effective listening, and interviewing skills. Students will demonstrate proper report writing skills as they prepare a variety of law enforcement-related documents and explore use of technology by law enforcement officers.

Prerequisites:Special Populations: Law Enforcement Response

Course ID: CJE2422
Credits: 4

Lower Level Major and Core Credits: 35

Total Academic Certificate Credits: 35

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