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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.
The certificate program took on a new look starting fall semester 2017 as part of a broader redesign of the law enforcement curriculum for both degree seeking and certificate students. It incorporates the newly mandated POST learning objectives along with innovative best practices for policing in the 21st century. The required courses are no longer unique to the certificate program, but rather, are the same professional peace officer education courses required for degree seeking students majoring in law enforcement. This overlap allows more options and flexibility while reducing the probability of the certificate program being cancelled due to low enrollment.
The application protocol for the certificate program will be similar to past practices. Applications will be accepted through the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice starting in January and ending in April of each year. Accepted students will start the program as a group that same year beginning fall semester. The required courses are normally offered sequentially on Saturdays during fall and spring semesters. If a Saturday course does not meet minimum enrollment, it will likely be offered as part of the traditional academic schedule in which each of the required courses are generally held once a week in the evening (Monday–Thursday). The skills practicums are normally offered summer semester. Students in the certificate program default to the skills practicum held evenings during the week and all-day Saturday, but can petition to be in the skills practicum held on weekdays.
There are two prerequisite courses that must be completed before the start of the certificate program. They are Introduction to Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice. The latter of these courses must be taken at a college or university sanctioned by the MN POST Board as a professional peace officer education school. Both these courses are offered through Metropolitan State University.
The School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice is currently located in the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center at the Brooklyn Park campus. The following web link provides directions to the campus - http://www.metrostate.edu/locations/brooklyn-park. Bryan Litsey is the coordinator/advisor for the certificate program and Cynthia Urista provides administrative support. They work as a team to best serve potential and enrolled students in the certificate program. Posted below is their contact information.
If you decide to take the next step, please consider Metropolitan State University as your educational partner moving forward. The dedicated staff and faculty in the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice stand ready to prepare you for an exciting and rewarding law enforcement career in Minnesota.
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