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.

Cost & Financial Aid

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    Century College can be extremely affordable through financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

    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.

    Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Our programs qualify for federal financial aid including Pell Grants, Federal Direct Loans, and others.

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Chang Her - Law Enforcement Alum

"My Law Enforcement degree from Century College allowed me to be where I am at today, and to do what I was meant to do with my life."

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Michael Thao - Law Enforcement Alum

"When I think of why I chose the Law Enforcement program at Century College, three words come to mind: quality, affordability, and reputation."

Planning for Your Program


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Potential Job Titles

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  • Police and Sheriff Patrol Officers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Parking Enforcement Officers
  • Animal Control Officers

Salary Data

Police and Sheriff Patrol Officers
Average Wage: $30.66/hour
Top Earners: $36.87/hour

Compliance Officers
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.

Additional Requirements

  1. 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.
  2. 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 lawenforcement@century.edu .