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Law Enforcement Training

The Law Enforcement Licensing Certificate Program is designed to meet the needs of working adults who have completed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and want to become a licensed peace officer in the State of Minnesota. The certificate program meets all Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) learning objectives.

The Minnesota POST Board coordinates a system of licensing for all peace officers in the State. In order to be licensed by the POST Board, prospective peace officers must pass certain selection criteria and meet specific education requirements. For detailed information about POST Board regulations and requirements, see their website.

The Law Enforcement Licensing Certificate Program takes three semesters (one academic year) to complete and begins each fall. Most courses are offered in a hybrid format using web-based, online technology with Saturday classes on campus. Classes are held at the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center, Brooklyn Park. For more information download a Program Information Sheet.

Application and Admission

Applications for the 2014-2015 program are currently being accepted. Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 21, 2014. Applications received after March 21, 2014 will be considered on a space available basis and/or wait list admission. Application materials are available below. Be sure to carefully review the Application Procedure document. There are a limited number of spots available in the program. Admission is competitive. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered for wait list admission. Prerequisites for the program are Introduction to Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice.

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NOTE: Prospective students should not apply to Metropolitan State University or register for classes until after they have been admitted to the Certificate Program.

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