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Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement

  • Credits
    36
  • Degree Type
    Diploma
  • Campus Location
    TRF
  • No Laptop RequiredLaptop NOT Required

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.


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Program Accreditation

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

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

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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

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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Minnesota Peace Officer Licensing
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Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
CRJU 1104 Juvenile Justice & Delinq 3 credits
CRJU 1109 Behavioral Sciences 3 credits
CRJU 2201 Criminal Law 3 credits
CRJU 2202 Criminal Procedures 3 credits
CRJU 2208 Criminal Investigations 3 credits
CRJU 2215 Traffic Law 2 credits
CRJU 2221 Law Enforcement Skills I 6 credits
CRJU 2223 Law Enforcement Skills II 6 credits
HPER 1125 Fitness & Conditioning 1 credits
HPER 2244 First Responder 3 credits
SOCI 1106 Intro Criminal Justice 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 36 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

1. Student will describe the various municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies, and the modern principles of police organization and administration that govern them.
2. Student will demonstrate an understanding of theory, law, policy, and practice as it relates to juvenile delinquency and deviant behavior.
3. Student will conduct criminal investigations from the preliminary stage through disposition utilizing proper interview and interrogation techniques according to industry standards.
4. Student will demonstrate technical skills in communication, observation, investigation, evaluation, and basic safety assistance in various law enforcement situations.
5. Student will demonstrate tactical skills, weapon safety, defensive and arrest tactics, vehicle operation, crisis management and force options in various law enforcement scenarios.
6. Student will write accurate and complete police reports using appropriate grammar, punctuation, and spelling according to industry standards.
7. Student will demonstrate an understanding of the principles, authority and Constitutional limitations and laws of the federal and state governments which apply to arrest, search and seizure.

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Counselors are available in the Career Center to assist with career advising, job search resources, employer connections, occupational descriptions, employment outlook, earnings, education/training requirements and sources.

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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.

Program Faculty

Thief River Falls Campus

  • James Jesme
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Coordinator
  • (218) 683-8690
  • Teresa Mattison
  • Criminal Justice Instructor
  • (218) 683-8722