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Law Enforcement Program

The Law Enforcement Programs at Minnesota West, Worthington campus, provides two-year Law Enforcement Degrees in Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), Associate of Science (A.S.)  and Associate of Arts (A.A.) as well as a skills certificate that is offered during the summer. The curriculum has been designed in collaboration with the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board learning objectives and is Minnesota POST Board approved. The degree programs are designed to meet the Minnesota State colleges and universities transfer pathways to allow full degree credit transfer to State Universities.

Application Procedure

A.A. Degree applicants
To be considered for the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree individuals need to complete the Law Enforcement Program application in addition to the regular admission process for the college.

A.S. and A.A.S. Degree applicants
To be considered for acceptance into the A.S., A.A.S. degree or Skills certificate programs individuals are required to complete and submit the following POST mandated items prior to being accepted into the Law Enforcement program. Every individual must complete the following prior to the start of classes:

  1. Complete the online application for general admission to Minnesota West.

  2. Complete and submit the Law Enforcement Program application.

  3. Read and submit the Minimum Selection Standards Affirmation.

  4. Complete and submit the State Vehicle Use Agreement and Consent Form.

  5. Schedule a physical exam with yourphysician. Have the physician complete this physical form.

Once these steps have been completed, contact the Law Enforcement Program Administrative Assistant to schedule an interview with the Coordinator of the Law Enforcement Program. At this interview, the Coordinator will assist you with completing the rest of the process to enter the program.

Additional paperwork that will need to be completed are:

  • Complete the MMPI-2 test (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2). This process is set up through Southwestern Mental Health Center and will be set up during the first semester of classes.

  • Obtain and submit a printed copy of your criminal history record report (public and private data) from the Minnesota BCA or from the lead state law enforcement agency in your state of legal residence.

Skills certificate applicants or students from other State PPOE programs transferring to Minnesota West only have to have their records forwarded from their prior school.

Admissions Confirmation
Upon receipt of all documents, your file will be reviewed for your admission to the Law Enforcement Program at Minnesota West. If you are accepted into the Law Enforcement Program, you will be sent a letter of confirmation. If you are not accepted, you will be sent a letter with explanation. 

See the Law Enforcement webpage for more information.


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