Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening and online courses.
Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer; Full- or Part-Time.
About the Program
The Law Enforcement program is primarily designed to meet the professional and educational needs of students interested in becoming licensed peace officers. Students will:
- Perform law enforcement operations such as SWAT, police car maneuvers, crime scene investigation, interrogation, counter-terrorism, threat assessment, and firearm safety
- Analyze the causes and effects of criminal behavior and delinquency to keep our communities safe
- Strengthen your mind and body through rigorous mental and physical training, including advanced self-defense tactics
After meeting core POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) requirements for education, you will apply to attend a skills providing institution for your final semester. Upon completion of the degree at Century, you are eligible to take a POST exam to become POST certified, and to apply for law enforcement positions in Minnesota. You may also transfer to other colleges or universities to pursue a bachelor's degree.
Law Enforcement Transfer Pathway AS Degree
The Law Enforcement AS degree offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an associate degree whose course credits will directly transfer to designated Law Enforcement bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The entire curriculum has been carefully designed so that you can complete a specific associate degree at a Minnesota State college and transfer to a Minnesota State university to earn a bachelor's degree. Transfer Pathways can be a great resource for saving time and money as you work toward graduation.
Minnesota State universities 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.
Transfer Pathway degrees may transfer to colleges and universities outside of the Minnesota State system, such as private and out-of-state schools. It is highly recommended that students interested in this possibility contact their intended transfer school, advisor/counselor, and program instructors for academic planning assistance.
Cost & Financial Aid
As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.
Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs quality for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College's Federal School Code is 010546.
Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.
Planning for Your Program
Potential Job Titles
- Police and Sheriff Patrol Officers
- Compliance Officers
- Parking Enforcement Officers
- Animal Control Officers
Police and Sheriff Patrol Officers
Average Wage: $30.66/hour
Top Earners: $36.87/hour
Average Wage: $36.43/hour
Top Earners: $52.41/hour
Parking Enforcement Officers
Average Wage: $17.66/hour
Top Earners: $25.72/hour
Animal Control Officers
Average Wage: $22.23/hour
Top Earners: $28.74/hour
Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - careerwise.minnstate.edu
You will need to possess a valid driver’s license, be able to pass a MN Human Services background study, and not be prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a firearm. See the "Peace Office Minimum Selection Standards" under Planning for Your Program for additional information. Once you complete the program, you will be eligible to take the Minnesota POST Board peace officer licensing examination required to be eligible for entry-level law enforcement positions with state, county or local government. You must be a U.S. citizen to enter the law enforcement profession.
- You are required to complete 80 hours of criminal justice related service learning to complete this program. This service learning requirement will be met upon completion of CJS 2081 & CJS 2085 with a grade of C or higher in each course. You are advised not to enroll in both courses during the same semester.
- Core requirements for the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST) must be completed or currently enrolled in to apply to attend the final semester of academic courses prior to Skills. Successful registration into this semester requires a C or higher in each of nine prerequisite courses and a 2.5 GPA in these courses. A college cumulative GPA of 2.0 is also required. Contact Law Enforcement faculty at firstname.lastname@example.org .