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Law Enforcement Overview

Law Enforcement

Career/Program Overview

The Law Enforcement program is designed to satisfy all pre-license requirements of the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).  Graduates are prepared for careers as police officers, deputy sheriff’s, corrections officers, security and other law enforcement positions. An additional career path includes training toward a conservation officer, which would include a two-year program such as Environmental Science at RCTC.


Program-related courses include:  Introduction to Law Enforcement, Introduction to Criminal Investigations, Basic Firearms, Police Report Writing, Minnesota Criminal Statutes, Minnesota Traffic Statutes, Human Behavior and Ethics for Law Enforcement, Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Law & Procedures, Practical Exercises for Law Enforcement and First Responder training. 

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers an Associate in Applied Science degree, an Associate in Science degree, and a certificate option in Law Enforcement.

Program Start Date(s)

Students can begin general education requirements any semester.  Program-related or professional courses are sequential, thus, preplanning with the program advisor is strongly encouraged. 

The skills program starts at the beginning of the spring semester. Students will need to pass a physiological exam to be eligible to enroll in the skills program. Students interested in attending need to register for these courses in October. Students will also need to pass a physical fitness test to attend defensive tactics. http://www.rctc.edu/program/lawe/Coopertest.htm.

Career Opportunities/Information

The Associate in Science Law Enforcement degree satisfies two goals.  The first is that the program prepares you for a career in law enforcement which may include a position with the police, sheriff’s office, state patrol or conservation office.  Secondly, the program will provide you with excellent transfer opportunities should a student decide to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Gainful Employment Programs

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.

The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs.


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

RCTC’s Law Enforcement program is accredited by the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training Board.

RCTC’s Law Enforcement program has an articulation agreement with Minnesota State University Mankato.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations/index.html

Additional Information

Program Website: http://www.rctc.edu/program/lawe
Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs
More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact

Overview content updated: 2015-04-01
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