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  • Law Enforcement

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

    • Law Enforcement — Associate in Science Degree (68 credits)

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. After meeting core POST (Police Officer Standards and Training) requirements for education, you will apply to attend the Law Enforcement Education Center (LEEC) at Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park to take 22 Professional Licensing Program (PLP) career credits. 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.

Century College and Metropolitan State University have partnered to offer a bachelor’s of arts degree in Criminal Justice. This cohort program is a major and degree completion program for Century College students who have been awarded an Associate’s degree in Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice and are ready to earn a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Major courses are offered on the Century College campus evenings or online. See Metro State Criminal Justice BA Cohort, for more information.


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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 -

Learning Outcomes

Law Enforcement - AS 68 Credits

  • Demonstrate knowledge of behavioral science and sociological concepts allowing the student to be successful at interacting with, and understanding a diverse population as a peace officer.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the entire criminal justice system, including the roles of local, county, state, and federal police organizations, the courts, and corrections.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and the effective application of ethical standards so as to uphold the public’s trust in the law enforcement profession.
  • Have the requisite knowledge, skill and ability to transfer successfully into the 3rd year of baccalaureate degrees in law enforcement or related fields at other colleges and universities.
  • Demonstrate effective communication, decision-making, and critical thinking skills as demanded in the law enforcement profession.


  1. 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 "Criminal Conviction Advisory Form" on the Hennepin Technical College website 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.
  2. Proficiency in keyboarding (30 WPM or OFFT 1001)

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 Police Officer Standards and Training Board (POST) must be completed or currently enrolled in to apply to the Law Enforcement Education Center. Application to PLP 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. See program guide for application information.

Please read the PLP brochure available in the Century Counseling, Career, and Advising Center and online. Call Mylan Masson at 763-657-3700 at the Law Enforcement Education Center in Brooklyn Park with questions about the PLP. Call Anna Haider at 763-657-3700 to receive an application for the PLP or visit the Hennepin Technical College website.