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Law Enforcement

Instructor with students in law enforcement uniformsEarning a degree in Law Enforcement from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College can lead to a wide range of exciting and satisfying careers—police officer, sheriff's deputy, state trooper, criminal investigator, conservation officer, park ranger, security guard, corrections officer and many more. People who are interested in helping others and performing a valuable community service should consider a career in Law Enforcement.

Job prospects for Law Enforcement graduates are excellent. Approximately 25% of current law enforcement positions in Minnesota will turn over in the next few years. Large cities such as St. Paul and Minneapolis hire new recruits on an on-going basis. In addition, other states aggressively seek and recruit Minnesota-trained officers to fill job vacancies.

The mission of the Law Enforcement Department at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is to provide a comprehensive approach to law enforcement focusing on current and past practices in enforcement, including problem solving, conflict resolution, and community involvement and partnerships. Special attention is paid to police and public safety ethics.

Fond Du Lac law inforcement uniformAdvantages
Law Enforcement students have the advantage of being trained by instructors who have direct field experience. Instructors on staff include current police officers and lawyers. The instructional staff, combined with the multi-cultural environment at the college, offer opportunities that no other college can provide. A Law Enforcement degree from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is greatly valued and respected by prospective employers.

The compact, streamlined program can be completed in two years. For students who already have a college degree or some college experience, it is possible to complete the program in one year. Many classes are held during evening hours, allowing a flexible time to attend classes. Convenient access to computer labs and the Law Enforcement Club for students are added bonuses.

How to Enroll
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College offers programs leading to Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degrees in Law Enforcement. New college students who are interested in the Law Enforcement Program should first take the Accuplacer Test and then schedule an appointment with the Coordinator of the Law Enforcement Program to review eligibility for licensure in Minnesota as a Peace Officer.

View of studens in side mirror of police vehicle, wearing uniformsTransfer students (with or without a previous degree) need to schedule an appointment with the Coordinator of the Law Enforcement Program to review eligibility for licensure in Minnesota as a Peace Officer, and determine what classes would be required before they would be eligible to enroll in the skills portion of the Professional Peace Officer Education Program (PPOE).

Prospective Law Enforcement students should have no felony convictions. To continue in the Law Enforcement Program, a student should maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 in all program courses.

To receive more information about the Law Enforcement Program, contact:

Scott Lyons
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720
TTY 218-879-0805

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Students in law enforcement uniforms with instructor

Associate Degree Option
Required Courses
Each student works with Coordinator of the Law Enforcement Program to plan a course schedule for each semester. The following list gives a general idea of the courses a student will take.
HLTH 1050 Emergency Response/First Responder
LAWE 1001 Introduction to Criminal Justice
LAWE 1010 Crime and Delinquency
LAWE 1020 Criminal Investigation
LAWE 2010 Criminal Procedure and Evidence
LAWE 2020 Minnesota Statutes and Traffic Law
LAWE 2030 Critical Issues and Community Relations in the Criminal Justice System
ENGL 1001 College Writing I
ENGL 1020 College Writing IIB
MATH 1030 Introduction to Statistics
POLS 1020 State and Local Government
PSYC 2001 General Psychology
SOC 1001 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 2010 Social Problems
SPCH 1020 Interpersonal Communication
Physical Education, Humanities, and Science electives
Law Enforcement Skills Program
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College offers a comprehensive skills training program. For students pursuing a career in law enforcement, the following requirements must also be met. The Skills Program component is conducted during summer session, and students enroll in the Skills Program after completing all academic coursework.
LAWE 2050 Use of Force I: Defensive Tactics
LAWE 2051 Use of Force II: Firearms
LAWE 2052 Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity
LAWE 2053 Practical Aspects of Criminal Investigations
LAWE 2054 Patrol Practicals

Selected Course Descriptions
LAWE 1001 Introduction to Criminal Justice
An analysis of the criminal justice system in the United States, including criminal law and the roles and relationships of agencies of crime and delinquency prevention, police, courts, and corrections.

LAWE 1010 Crime and Delinquency
A study of crime and juvenile delinquency. Emphasis is placed on the juvenile justice system and upon the definition, nature, and causes of criminal behavior and the effect this has upon society.

LAWE 1020 Criminal Investigation
Fundamentals of investigation; crime scene search and recording; collection and preservation of physical evidence; scientific aids; modus operandi; sources of information; interview and interrogation; follow-up and case preparation.

Law enforcement student reading in front of a windowLAWE 2010 Criminal Procedure and Evidence
The study of executive, legislative, and judicial regulation of the criminal justice system under the federal and Minnesota constitutions with particular emphasis upon the police role in arrests, searches and seizures, interviews and interrogations, and identification procedures. The course also examines the rules of evidence which control criminal litigation.

LAWE 2020 Minnesota Statutes and Traffic Law
An introduction to substantive criminal law. Includes the classification and analysis of crimes and criminal acts, and the studying of criminal law as a means of preserving and protecting life and property. The course focuses on the provisions of the Minnesota Criminal and Traffic Code.

LAWE 2030 Critical Issues in Law Enforcement and Community Relations
An examination of issues in law enforcement embracing the following: community-based policing; law enforcement and First Amendment rights; police ethics; community relations and crime prevention; crisis intervention; stress management; civil and criminal liability of officers; selected judicial decisions and statutes; and incident report writing.

LAWE 2050 Use of Force I: Basic Defense Tactics
Discussions and demonstrations of the continuum of force. This course will prepare students for verbal and physical encounters. Minnesota statutes regarding the use of force are discussed. Applicable federal case law is also discussed.

Degree requirements and course information are subject to change. Students should consult with an advisor/counselor when registering for courses.

 2101 14th Street       Cloquet, Minnesota 55720       1.800.657.3712       218.879.0800       TTY 218.879.0805