Academic Programs

Law Enforcement, A.A.S.


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The Law Enforcement program is designed with a set of core courses, which have been designed to be flexible and to assist students in preparing for a variety of careers in Law Enforcement. The Law Enforcement program being offered at Minnesota West will provide persons in southwest Minnesota the opportunity to complete a quality peace officer training program without having to leave the area. 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. Students will have the option to pursue licensure and begin their career upon completing the Associate in Applied Science degree. A separate application is required for admission into the Law Enforcement Program.

The curriculum has been designed in collaboration with other programs to meet the "learning objectives" approved by the board and based on the following subject areas:

  1. History and overview of the criminal justice system.
  2. Minnesota Statute law.
  3. Criminal law and criminal procedures.
  4. Juvenile justice system and procedures.
  5. Patrol procedures.
  6. Criminal investigation and testifying.
  7. Human behavior and crisis intervention.
  8. Defensive tactics and use of force.
  9. Cultural awareness and response to crime victims.

Fall - Year 1
Introduction to Sociology OR3
Social Problems3
Introduction to Psychology4
Minnesota Criminal Code3
Conversational Spanish2
Introduction to Criminal Justice - Basic Patrol Procedures3
Physical Fitness for Law Enforcement3
Credits Fall - Year 118
Spring - Year 1
Composition I3
First Responder Basic2
Diversity - Community Policing - Victimization4
Criminal - Constitutional Law3
Juvenile Justice Law3
Introduction to Speech3
Credits Spring - Year 118
Summer - Year 1
Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC)0
Fall - Year 2
Police Report Writing - Employment Prep3
Firearms - Patrol Operations4
Applied Procedures - Civil Process3
LAWE 2310Use of Force4
LAWE 2330Communication - Relations4
Credits Fall - Year 218
Spring - Year 2
Criminal Investigations - Evidence Collection4
Accident Investigation - Radar-Radio-DUI Enforcement4
Tactical Management4
Police Leadership - Ethics3
Traffic Law - Traffic Stops3
Credits Spring - Year 218

Updated: si 12/20/12