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Law Enforcement, A.A.S.


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The Minnesota West Community and Technical College law enforcement A.A.S. program is a Minnesota Board of Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) approved program and will qualify students for licensing as a law enforcement officer in the state of Minnesota upon completion of the A.A.S. degree.

The curriculum has been designed to meet the learning objectives for Professional Peace Officer Education (PPOE) and Minnesota State Transfer Pathways for Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement.

The program offers small class sizes, individualized attention, and is focused on modern 21st century education and hands on training that will prepare students for the demands of today’s law enforcement careers. The program instructors are experienced law enforcement individuals that have taught in the field and are recognized experts in the areas that they teach.

Students have the option to pursue certification and begin their career upon completing the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree or continuing their education under the transfer pathways.

A separate application and admissions process is required for admission into the Law Enforcement Program.

  Fall - Year 1  
Social Problems 3
First Responder Basic 2
Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
Physical Fitness for Law Enforcement I 2
LAWE 1210 Communication - Relations 4
LAWE 1220 Law Enforcement and Community 3
  Credits Fall - Year 1 17
  Spring - Year 1  
Composition I 3
Ethics Theory and Practice 3
SPCH 1101 Introduction to Speech 3
LAWE 1125 Physical Fitness for Law Enforcement II 1
Juvenile Justice 3
LAWE 1230 Law Enforcement and Human Behaviors 3
Police Leadership - Ethics 3
  Credits Spring - Year 1 19
  Summer - Year 1  
  Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) 0
  Fall - Year 2  
Introduction to Psychology 4
Police Report Writing 2
Firearms - Tactical Management 4
LAWE 2310 Use of Force 4
LAWE 2400 Minnesota Statutes 4
  Credits Fall - Year 2 18
  Spring - Year 2  
Accident Investigation - Radar-Radio-DUI Enforcement 4
Patrol Operations 4
Criminal Investigations 3
Criminal Procedures 3
Traffic Stops 2
LAWE 2510 Crime Scene Processing 2
  Credits Spring - Year 2 18

Updated: si 3/21/17