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Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement

Share 10-504-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 70 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Locations*: Appleton, Online

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

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Join the ranks of those who protect and serve with a rewarding career in criminal justice. You’ll gain an overview of the role of law enforcement in our society and will become familiar with criminal, traffic, juvenile and constitutional law. In addition, you’ll gain skills in communication, crime prevention, report writing and forensic applications. Your training will also cover employment standards, policing issues and strategies, terrorism and emergency planning, and criminal investigation. You can choose electives that will apply toward additional Wisconsin Department of Justice certification. This program will help you be prepared to think critically and manage emergencies effectively as a law enforcement officer.

Career Opportunities

  • Command Center Technician
  • Corrections Officer
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • DNR Warden
  • Police Officer
  • Public Safety Dispatcher

Estimated Program Cost

Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement

This program will cost about $9,960.00*
based on current tuition and fees.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include books or all materials and supplies.


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Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement

Term Availability
Spring 2015
Summer 2015
Fall 2015
Spring 2016

* Program availability may vary by location. Depending on program enrollment and prerequisite requirements, there may be a wait for some program courses.

Accepting applications for this term
Accepting paper applications only
Not accepting applications for this term
Admissions Requirements

Skills Assessment

An academic skills assessment is required for admission into this program; learn more at

Proof of HS Completion

Submit a final, official high school transcript, an original diploma or an official copy of GED/HSED Certification Scores.

Credit Transfer Options

They're your credits. Take them with you!

Whether you’re an incoming student, transferring to another two-year college or pursuing your bachelor’s degree, we make it easy for you to seamlessly transfer your credits. With full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, we offer credit transfer agreements with more than 65 two-and four-year colleges.

Transfer In

Many students come to Fox Valley Tech with credits they’ve already earned, either while in high school or at other colleges and universities. It’s also possible to be granted credit for career-related knowledge and skills you’ve already mastered.

Transfer Out

Is a four-year degree in your future? Save time and money by starting here. You can earn your associate degree at Fox Valley Tech, then apply your credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Or easily transfer your credits to other two-year colleges.

Program Outcomes
  • Think critically.
  • Manage emergencies.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Demonstrate professionalism.
  • Conduct investigations.
  • Interact with others.
  • Demonstrate tactical skills (applies to Certification Track only).
Additional Information
You will need to complete a criminal background check for this program. Wisconsin statutes prohibit individuals convicted of felony offenses from being certified as sworn law enforcement officers.

If you desire Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Law Enforcement Officer Certification in addition to the technical studies and general education courses, you must take a series of elective and additional courses directly related to the tactical training components required by the Wis. Law Enforcement Standards Board, College Certification Track. The courses are Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Tactical Operations, First Responder with Healthcare Provider CPR, Emergency Vehicle Operation, and scenario-based assessments. Once completed, you will be certifiable by the Wis. DOJ if employed within three years of graduation. DOJ College Certification Track minimum standards for admission are the same as those for the 520-hour Law Enforcement Academy.

Still undecided about your major or exploring your career options? Check out these resources to identify your personality traits, values, abilities and interests – important considerations when choosing a career. You’ll also find details about scheduling a college visit and contact information for our career counselors if you’d like more personal assistance. We’re here to help you explore your options.

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Start anywhere. Many credits can apply toward future programs, so you can get the right training at the right time in your career.

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