Program Overview

The Minnesota Peace Officer Licensing Certificate Program (certificate program) is geared toward working adults with a variety of academic, work and life experiences with a desire to pursue a law enforcement career in Minnesota at the local, county or state level. It meets all the learning objectives required by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST Board) through a blend of academic, practical and skills based training. The program can be completed in one academic year provided the designated pathway and timeline are followed. One of the requirements for acceptance into the certificate program is having already earned a bachelor's degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited college or university.

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Declare Your Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Law Enforcement Licensing Certificate program, students must submit an application to the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice before applying for admission to the university. The following must be completed:

  • Bachelor's degree (or higher) in any discipline from a regionally accredited college/university

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Requirements

Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right hand column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.

The certificate program meets all Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) learning objectives.

Students interested in becoming a licensed peace officer in Minnesota should be aware of the following minimum selection standards established by the POST Board. An applicant must:

  • be a citizen of the United States;
  • possess a valid Minnesota driver's license;
  • complete a comprehensive written application;
  • never have been convicted of a felony, assault, theft or other convictions as identified by the POST Board Minimum Selection Standards for Licensure (.pdf);
  • submit to a thorough background investigation;
  • be fingerprinted for a background check;
  • undergo an evaluation by a licensed psychologist;
  • pass job-related physical strength and agility exams;
  • successfully complete an oral exam demonstrating communication skills;
  • the applicant must not be required to register as a predatory offender; and
  • be license-eligible by completing an associate or bachelor's degree and passing the POST licensing exam.

Detailed, current information regarding the POST minimum selection standards is available on the POST Board website and through the SLC Advising Center.

Note: Emergency Medical Responder is required for the POST exam and must be approved by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB).

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Course List

Prerequisites

(6 credits)

Program note: LAWE 280 must be completed at a Minnesota POST-certified college or university

  • CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    3 credits

    As an introduction to the field of criminal justice, this course provides students with a brief but comprehensive overview of criminal justice institutions in American society. Students learn about the role of the criminal justice system in maintaining social order. The course also examines the duties and functions of criminal justice practitioners, including police officers, prosecutors, judges and correctional officials from the initial violation of the criminal law, to the punishment and release of convicted offenders.

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  • LAWE 280 Juvenile Justice
    3 credits

    This course presents a juvenile justice system overview, with emphasis on Minnesota Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure. The historical and philosophical development of the juvenile justice system is discussed, along with a comparative analysis of U.S. juvenile and adult criminal justice systems. Students learn about resources available to criminal justice practitioners and addresses the specific needs of juveniles in crisis.

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Requirements ( 31 total credits)

Theory and Lab Courses (19 credits)

  • LAWE 220 Legal Studies in Law Enforcement
    4 credits

    This course meets corresponding learning objectives of the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. Examines law enforcement practices and applications from both constitutional and legal perspectives in these topic areas: constitutional considerations; legal processes pertaining to warrants, subpoenas, orders and summons; contacts, detentions and arrests; knowledge and application of the Minnesota criminal and traffic codes, statutes and regulations; legal foundation for peace officer use of force; and peace officer rights and liabilities.

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  • LAWE 210 Procedural Studies in Law Enforcement
    2 credits

    This course meets corresponding learning objectives of the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. Examines the legal and procedural aspects of the investigative process in these topic areas: report writing, statutory elements, crime scene control, evidentiary rules, search and seizure, interviewing and interrogation, and constitutional limitations.

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  • LAWE 210L Procedural Studies in Law Enforcement Lab
    1 credits

    This course meets corresponding learning objectives of the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. It provides the laboratory experience to accompany LAWE 210, Procedural Studies in Law Enforcement.

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  • LAWE 301 Policing in the 21st Century
    3 credits

    This course meets corresponding learning objectives of the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. Examines the application of a guardian versus warrior mindset within law enforcement to build trust and legitimacy between agencies and the public. Implicit bias, procedural justice, and reconciliation are explored in the context of conflict management/resolution. Emphasis on the patrol function along with both contemporary issues and future trends including de-escalation strategies, intelligence led policing, data practices and interaction with the media, computer forensics and cyber-crime, homeland security and terrorism, criminal gangs, organized crime, and vice crimes.

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  • LAWE 301L Policing in the 21st Century Lab
    1 credits

    This course meets corresponding learning objectives of the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. It provides the laboratory experience to accompany LAWE 301, Policing in the 21st Century.

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  • CJS 375 Ethics and Professionalism in Criminal Justice
    4 credits

    Examines a range of moral dilemmas which criminal justice practitioners are likely to face in their duties. Using both moral theory and detailed case examples, students learn to apply moral principles and concepts to a given situation, recognize the relevance of moral principles and concepts, and apply their individual moral philosophy to resolving these situations in a satisfactory manner. This course meets corresponding learning objectives of the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training.

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  • LAWE 321 Law and Human Behavior
    3 credits

    This course meets corresponding learning objectives of the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. Examines the police response and investigation of missing persons and crimes of violence, including child and vulnerable adult abuse and neglect, domestic violence and sexual assault. Other topics addressed include victims and victims' rights, the Americans with Disabilities Act and special communications situations, crisis intervention and mental illness, community notification and conflict and management.

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  • LAWE 321L Law and Human Behavior Lab Component
    1 credits

    This course meets corresponding learning objectives of the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. It provides the laboratory experience to accompany LAWE 321, Law and Human Behavior.

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Skills Practicum Courses (6 credits)

Program note: LAWE 050 Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) is an additional Skills Practicum course.

  • LAWE 224 Crimes in Progress
    1 credits

    This course meets corresponding learning objectives of the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training as they relate to the skills practicum. It includes instruction in areas related to crimes in progress.

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  • LAWE 227 Traffic and Investigations
    2 credits

    The primary goal of this course is to provide content and scenarios related to traffic stops and investigations. This course is designed to give students an understanding of the knowledge and skills required to perform the duties of a police officer. This course is one of 5 that make up the Skills curriculum required to prepare students to successfully complete the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training peace officer licensing examination.

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  • LAWE 228 Defensive Tactics
    2 credits

    The primary goal of this course is to provide content and scenarios related to defensive tactics. This course is designed to give students an understanding of the knowledge and skills required to perform the duties of a police officer. This course is one of 5 that make up the Skills curriculum required to prepare students to successfully complete the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training peace officer licensing examination.

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  • LAWE 229 Firearms
    2 credits

    The primary goal of this course is to provide content and scenarios related to firearms. This course is designed to give students an understanding of the knowledge and skills required to perform the duties of a police officer. This course is one of 5 that make up the Skills curriculum required to prepare students to successfully complete the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training peace officer licensing examination.

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