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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 (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.


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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.


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 .