Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement

  • Credits: 36
  • Degree Type: Diploma
  • Campus: Thief River Falls

Program Overview

The Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement diploma is intended to provide a Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement degree to students who have previously completed a degree (Associates (AA, AS, AAS), Bachelors or Masters) at an accredited college or university and are seeking a professional peace officer's license. This diploma would include criminal justice electives, mandated by Professional Peace Officer Education (PPOE), with the addition of the skills component as mandated for Minnesota Peace Officers.


Graduates are finding employment with Federal Law Enforcement agencies, State Patrol, State Conservation, County Sheriffs' departments, City Police departments, Dispatchers, Correctional Officers, and Security Guards.

The employment outlook for corrections and police officers in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 3.2%, a low growth career.

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Program Courses

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
CRJU 1104 Juvenile Justice & Delinq 3
CRJU 1109 Behavioral Sciences 3
CRJU 2201 Criminal Law 3
CRJU 2202 Criminal Procedures 3
CRJU 2208 Criminal Investigations 3
CRJU 2215 Traffic Law 2
CRJU 2221 Law Enforcement Skills I 6
CRJU 2223 Law Enforcement Skills II 6
HPER 1125 Fitness & Conditioning 1
HPER 2244 First Responder 3
SOCI 1106 Intro Criminal Justice 3

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Program Specific Requirements

Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.

The college minimum scores for the Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
Reading Comprehension: 78
Arithmetic: 50

All required CRJU courses and SOCI 1106 must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Requirements for CRJU 2221 Skills I (fall semester) and CRJU 2223 Skills II (spring semester)

  1. 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  2. Students who are on warning or probation status must have permission of the Criminal Justice Program Director to register for CRJU 2211 and CRJU 2223.
  3. Completion and approval of a National Background Study through Verified Credentials cost of $50. Please see the Minnesota Peace Officer Licensing link that addresses the Minnesota Minimum Selection Standards to be licensed as a Peace Officer.
  4. Completion and approval of the Minnesota Multi-Phasic Personality Inventory-2 Restructured Form ( MMPI 2 RF)
  5. Medical clearance from a healthcare provider stating student is physically eligible to participate in skills (see attached PHYSICIANS APPROVAL FORM)
  6. CRJU 2221 and CRJU 2223 are physically challenging courses. There is a physical conditioning evaluation in both of these courses, therefore students are strongly encouraged to register for HPER 1125: Fitness and Conditioning as one of their Area of Interest Electives.

The following links provide selection criteria information to prospective students who are interested in becoming a peace officer in the state of Minnesota.
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Program Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Criminal Justice program is certified by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

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Program Faculty

  • James Jesme
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Coordinator
  • Campus: Thief River Falls
  • Tel: (218) 683-8690
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
  • Teresa Mattison
  • Criminal Justice Instructor
  • Campus: Thief River Falls
  • Tel: (218) 683-8722
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282

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