Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening and online courses.
Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer; Full- or Part-Time.

Associate of Science Degree

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Law Enforcement instructor giving a lecture.

Potential Job Titles

Two law enforcement officers
  • 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

Parking Enforcement Officers
Average Wage: $17.66/hour
Top Earners: $25.72/hour

Compliance Officers
Average Wage: $36.43/hour
Top Earners: $52.41/hour

Animal Control Officers
Average Wage: $22.23/hour
Top Earners: $28.74/hour

 Information gathered pertains to the seven-county metro area -


You will need to possess a valid driver’s license, be able to pass an 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 for this semester requires a C or higher in each of the 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
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Certification Disclosures

    Program Faculty

  • Experience: Ms. Swanson has been a police officer for 21 years, and has served as the Chief of Police for the White Bear Lake Police Department since 2014.
    Education: BA, Social Work, University of Minnesota; Law Enforcement, Metroplitan State University; MA, Organizational Management, Concordia University
    Julie Swanson
    Faculty/Program Director
    Criminal Justice
  • Sara Edel
    Faculty/PPOE Coordinator
    Law Enforcement Program
  • Experience: Captain Hager has served in Law Enforcement for the past 22 years as an Officer, Detective, School Resource Officer, DARE Officer, Canine Handler, Narcotics Investigator, Sergeant and Captain for the State of North Dakota, the City of Lino Lakes, the University of Minnesota Police Department and, most recently, for the City of White Bear Lake. He has taught in higher education since 2015.
    Teaching Approach: “My servant-teaching style focuses on equipping students with the knowledge and skills they need to, not only succeed in their selected fields, but also to recognize their unique ability to move their professions forward. I attempt to impart any wisdom, learned from both successes and failures I’ve experienced, to students in an attempt to encourage them to recognize their own potential and opportunities for growth. Specifically unique to policing, my wish is to leave the profession better than how I found it and in the better prepared hands of our future leaders.”
    Education: MA, Emergency Management, Walden University; BA, Metropolitan State University
    Hobbies: Family & Basketball
    Dale Hager
    Criminal Justice