Law Enforcement & Peace Officer Training Program

Law Enforcement Program

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

Peace Officer Training Program

Lake Region State College is the only college in the state authorized to deliver a North Dakota POST police academy. It is offered at LRSC Main Campus in Devils Lake, Grand Forks, Fargo and Minot. 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 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.

  • 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

Program Curriculum

BOTE 127 Information Processing OR 3
CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
ENGL 120 College Composition II OR 3
ENGL 125 Introduction to Professional Writing  
POLS 115 American Government 3
POLS 116 State and Local Government 3
Lab Science   4
Program Electives   9
Electives   9
Peace Officer Training Certificate   20
TOTAL AAS CREDITS   60

Program Electives
CJ 160: The Legal System (3cr)
CJ 210: Introduction to Policing in America (3cr)
CJ 220: Criminal Law (3cr)
HPER 100: Concepts of Fitness & Wellness (3cr)
MATH 103: College Algebra (3cr)
POLS 236: American Constitution - Civil Liberties (3cr)
PSYC 100: Human Relations in Organizations (3cr)
PSYC 111: Introduction to Psychology (3cr)
PSYC 270: Abnormal Psychology (3cr)
SOC 110: Introduction to Sociology (3cr)
SOC 115: Social Problems (3cr)
SOC 235: Cultural Diversity (3cr)
SOC 252: Criminology (3cr)
SOC 253: Juvenile Delinquency (3cr)
SOC 275: Native American Studies (3cr)

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

Application Process for POTP

Peace Officer Training requires additional application processes from general student applications.

  1. Application for Admission to LRSC
  2. Peace Officer Application
  3. Medical Release Form

For more information on the application process, go to How to Apply. There you will see the steps for Admission and at the bottom of the page, you can find more information on the Peace Officer Training Program admissions process.

Faculty

Lt. John Maritato, Assistant Professor
Director, Peace Officer Program
Johnathan.Maritato@lrsc.edu

Sgt. Gregory LaHaise, Instructor
Gregory.LaHaise@lrsc.edu

Sgt. Leo Rognlin, Instructor
Leo.Rognlin@lrsc.edu