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School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

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Metropolitan State University’s School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (SLC) originated in the Minnesota legislature, by statute, and has been a leader in criminology and criminal justice for over 30 years. We offer educational programs for students interested in justice system careers and practitioners looking to enhance their potential for professional advancement. If you want to work in policing, courts, corrections, or in the community to transform our justice system, then SLC is the place for you. Highlights include:

  • An active research program, led by Metro State’s first “University Scholar”;
  • Classes with fewer than 30 students on average, allowing for more personalized attention from faculty;
  • Classes offered in multiple formats: online, on campus, and hybrid;
  • Classes taught directly by faculty (not teaching assistants) at the top of their field;
  • Credit for prior learning and opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom through service-learning classes and internships;
  • Professional Peace Officer Education (PPOE) certified by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST Board);
  • A history of successful career placements, including over 40 Chiefs of Police who have graduated from our programs;
  • A one semester Evidence-Based Practices in Corrections Certificate taught in partnership with Hennepin County that is treated by them as equivalent to one whole year of professional work experience;
  • Hands-on professional and faculty advisors who help students navigate college and career planning;
  • Leadership and networking for students through the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Club, the Law Enforcement Opportunities Career Fair, hosted on site each year, and other opportunities.

SLC is housed at the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center (LECJEC), a state-of-the-art facility located in Brooklyn Park and co-located with Hennepin Technical College. Most criminal justice and law enforcement courses and any business related to SLC is conducted at LECJEC.

Our Vision

SLC recognizes the impact of peace officers and other criminal justice professionals in protecting, serving, and transforming lives. We exist to build a better future for our students, their families, and the communities our graduates serve by eliminating systemic and structural inequities in educational access and outcomes and delivering programming that ensures our graduates are prepared to serve with a steadfast commitment to our core values, as follows:

  • Cultural competency and responsiveness
  • Empathy and compassion
  • Accountability and integrity
  • Humanity and humility
  • Social and procedural justice
  • Trauma-informed decision-making
  • Service to and input from our communities
  • Advocacy at local, regional, state, and national levels
  • Quality through research and continuous improvement

Meet our faculty

Our full-time resident faculty are award-winning educators and researchers:

Our part-time community faculty are leaders in the field, including:

  • Sean Boylan, JD (Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation)
  • Andrew Evans, JD (Superintendent of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension)
  • Catherine Knutson (BCA Deputy Superintendent of Forensic Science Services)
  • Curtis Shanklin (Deputy Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Corrections)
  • Sean Zauhar, PhD (Saint Paul Police Department, NIJ Leads Scholar)

And many more from the Minnesota criminal justice community.

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