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Peace Officer Training
and Law Enforcement


  • Associate in Applied Science Degree in Law Enforcement with 60 total hour credits
    • 20 general education credits required
    • Offered at Devils Lake Campus, Online-Learning and Interactive Video Network (IVN)
  • Certificate for the Peace Officer Training Program in one semester with 20 total credit hours
    • Offered at different locations around North Dakota
 

The Certificate in Peace Officer Training is a rigorous one semester program that satisfies the training requirements for employment as a peace officer in North Dakota. The four semester Associate in Applied Science in Law Enforcement degree is a common requirement for advancement in law enforcement careers and satisfies the entrance requirement of several large agencies that require a two-year college education.

Much of the coursework is taught in a hands-on manner, providing the candidates with a working knowledge of the performance of police tasks.

Students will learn:    
   
  • Law of Arrest and Search and Seizure
  • Crime Scene Processing
  • Drug Crimes
  • DUI Detection/Apprehension
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations
  • Evidence Collection and Fingerprinting
  • Firearms
  • Hazardous Materials
  • High Risk Traffic Stops
  • North Dakota Criminal Law
  • Photography
  • Physical Fitness
  • Police Ethics and Tactics
  • Radar/Ladar
  • Radio Telecommunications
  • Report Writing
  • Rules of Evidence
  • Traffic Law
  • Lake Region State College is the only college in the state authorized to deliver a North Dakota POST police academy.

    Since 1987 Lake Region State College has graduated over 1,200 students from the Peace Officer Training program with a 100 percent employment rate for those graduates that actively sought employment as police officers or deputy sheriffs in the State of North Dakota.

    Instructors for the Peace Officer Training program include over 40 law enforcement professionals from 16 law enforcement agencies.

    Certificate:  Peace Officer Training Program

    A rigorous one semester course designed for people who wish to pursue a career in law enforcement. The Peace Officer Training certificate can be completed as a stand-alone program or as part of the two-year Law Enforcement program. Students wishing to pursue the Associate in Applied Science in Law Enforcement degree generally enroll in the Peace Office Training Program early in the semester prior to the course being offered. Students who complete the POTP first can complete the AAS in Law Enforcement either on campus or online.

    If you recently graduated from high school and are under the age of 21, you should complete the three semesters of Law Enforcement curriculum before enrolling in the Peace Officer Training program.

    Locations for the Peace Officer Training Certificate:

    • Devils Lake Campus -- Fall Semester
    • Minot -- Spring Semester
    • Grand Forks -- Summer Semester
    • Fargo -- Summer Semester
       
    CJ 101 Fundamentals of Law Enforcement 3
    CJ 102 Investigation Techniques 2
    CJ 104 Defensive Tasks 2
    CJ 150 Patrol Procedures 3
    CJ 155 Police Skills 4
    CJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
    HPER 165 First Responder 2
    HPER 265 Physical Training 1
    TOTAL CREDITS 20

    The Peace Officer Training Program is scheduled as an academy style setting. Students will have physical fitness training every morning and classroom hours will be 9-5 Monday through Friday.

    Previously listed are the locations and semesters in which POTP is offered. To apply for the Peace Officer Training Program, applicants must also Apply for Admission to Lake Region State College. Please see the Admission Process tab and follow the steps for Admission, as well as the application for POTP.

    Associate in Applied Science in Law Enforcement

    The Associate in Applied Science in Law Enforcement degree is a common requirement for advancement in law enforcement careers and satisfies the entrance requirement of several large agencies that require a two year college education. To receive an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Law Enforcement students must complete 38 semester credit hours of approved academic courses and complete the Peace Officer Training Program for a total of 60 semester credits.

    Students enrolled in Law Enforcement curriculum must also apply for the Peace Officer Training Program. Due to a limited amount of seating, students should begin the application process for the POTP early in the semester prior to when the POTP is offered. See the Course Overview tab for a full list of courses for the AAS in Law Enforcement.

    Students that graduate from the Peace Officer Training Program first can complete the AAS in Law Enforcement either on campus or online.

    Course Overview

    Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

    BOTE 127 Information Processing or
    CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers 3
    COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
    ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
    ENGL 120 College Composition II
    ENGL 125 Introduction to Professional Writing 3
    POLS 115 American Government 3
    POLS 116 State and Local Government 3
    Lab Science 4
    Program Electives 9
    Electives 9
    Credits from Law Enforcement courses  40

    Peace Officer Training Program Certificate

    CJ 101 Fundamentals of Law Enforcement 3
    CJ 102 Investigation Techniques 2
    CJ 104 Defensive Tactics 2
    CJ 150 Patrol Procedures 3
    CJ 155 Police Skills 4
    CJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
    HPER 165 First Responder 2
    HPER 265 Physical Training 1
    Total POTP Certificate Credits 20
    TOTAL AAS CREDITS   60

     

    Program Electives

    CJ 160 The Legal System 3
    CJ 210 Introduction to Policing in America 3
    CJ 220 Criminal Law 3
    HPER 100 Concepts of Fitness and Wellness 3
    MATH 103 College Algebra 3
    POLS 236 American Constitution - Civil Liberties 3
    PSYC 100 Human Relations in Organizations 3
    PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
    PSCY 270 Abnormal Psychology 3
    SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 3
    SOC 115 Social Problems 3
    SOC 235 Cultural Diversity 3
    SOC 252 Criminology 3

    Admission Process

    Prior to finishing the Admission Process read:
    Peace Officer Training Program Enrollment Guidelines and Procedures
    Drug Use and Criminal History Guidelines for Admission
    Uniform Requirements and Supplies

    1. Application for Admission:

    • Choose your student type. If unsure of your student type clickherefor more information
    • A one time application fee of $35 is required

    2. Peace Officer Training Program Application

    • The Application for Admission MUST be completed along with the POTP Application prior to enrollment

    3. High School Transcript Request Form or GED test results
    4. ACTorCompass Testing
    5. College Transcripts, if applicable:

    • College transcripts can be requested from Registrar's Office of the institution granting the credits, or
    • Order transcripts from theNational Student Clearinghouse. Cost is $5 per transcript with a possible fee for shipping and handling

    Peace Officer Training Program:
    Tuition and Fees Estimate

    Devils Lake, On-Campus Program

    College Application Fee (Non-Refundable) $35.00
    Housing Deposit (Non-Refundable) 50.00
    Psychological Examination (Non-Refundable) 110.00
    Tuition and Fees (Full-Time Student)* 2018.52
    Police Skills (Course Fee) 650.00
    Books (approximately) 325.00
    Room and Board** 2347.50
    TOTAL $5536.02
       
    *Costs are based on 2013-2014 figures for one semester on-campus in Devils Lake.
    **Based on double occupancy and a standard 12-meal plan.

     

    Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot Academy

    College Application Fee (Non-Refundable) $35.00
    Psychological Examination (Non-Refundable) 160.00
    Tuition, Fees and Distance Delivery  3150.00
    Online Fees (CJ 201: Introduction to Criminal Justice)** 540.00
    Books (approximately) 325.00
    TOTAL $4190.00
       
    **Only applies to students who have not taken CJ 201 prior to the academy.  

    Career Path

    Become employed as a police officer, deputy sheriff, or launch a career in one of many law enforcement fields! The studies show that the Associate degree is a common requirement for entrance and advancement in the law enforcement field.

    The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts faster than average growth for law enforcement professionals through 2012.

    Job Outlook, 2010 - 2020: 7%
    Median Pay 2010: $55,010 per year

    Prepare for Your Future

    Prepare for or enhance your career in Law Enforcement…online or in a traditional classroom setting! The Law Enforcement program at Lake Region State College is designed to fit the busy schedules of today's students. For those of you with work hours that vary from day to day, family life and other time-demanding responsibilities, online learning is an excellent option.

    The Lake Region State College Law Enforcement program is right for you if you are currently employed in the field, if you are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or if you are starting your way to a Bachelor's degree. The program will help you succeed in a variety of law enforcement positions and will give you a solid background to further your education. 

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