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Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement

  • Credits
    18
  • Degree Type
    Certificate
  • Campus Location
    TRF
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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.


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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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College Accreditation

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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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
SOCI 1106 Intro Criminal Justice 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 18 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 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.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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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