Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement

  • Credits: 18
  • Degree Type: Certificate
  • Campus: Thief River Falls

Program Overview

The Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement certificate is designed to accompany the Northland Community and Technical College A.A. degree. It provides a basic law enforcement education for individuals intending to transfer to baccalaureate institution. This degree does not meet the all the requirement for Peace Officer licensing for Minnesota. Students who intend to become Peace Officer in Minnesota should consult with the Program Coordinator or an academic advisor prior to selecting this degree.


Career Opportunities

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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Get started today by talking to a Northland Admissions Representative about connecting your educational goals to a Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement career path.

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Program Course Listings

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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
SOCI 1106 Intro Criminal Justice 3
TOTAL CREDITS: 18
 

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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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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 demonstrate technical skills in communication, observation, investigation, evaluation, and basic safety assistance in various law enforcement situations.
4. 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.

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

Why Choose Northland?

Northland offers a multitude of opportunities, whether you're beginning your degree or returning to college. We're affordable, convenient, and flexible. Northland Community & Technical College – it’s more than just a great education. It’s about making a career out of what you love to do. Thinking about a new career? Think Northland!

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