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Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement
Program Code: 10-504-1

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Associate Degree: 2 Years, 70 Credits
Appleton Campus/Also Available Online*
Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement program, you will be prepared for, but not limited to, the following nation-wide career options: deputy sheriff, police officer, state trooper, DNR warden, correctional officer, security officer, private investigator, insurance investigator, state criminal investigator, public safety dispatcher, district attorney investigator, tribal police officer, or any position related to the field of investigations and/or policing.

Program Description

This program offers you a series of technical studies, general education, and elective course work that is intended to prepare you for a rewarding and self-motivating criminal justice career. The program's technical studies provide you with both academic and practical hands-on coursework in such areas as introduction to criminal justice, traffic theory & law, juvenile law, criminal law, constitutional law, communication skills, crime prevention, report writing, forensic applications, employment standards, policing issues, terrorism & emergency planning, policing strategies, and criminal investigation.

Program/Plan Admission Requirements

Note: Anyone considering the Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement plan should be aware that you will need to complete a Criminal Background Check prior to enrollment in the firearms course (10-504-151). Wisconsin statutes prohibit individuals convicted of felony offenses from being certified as sworn law enforcement officers.

Program Outcomes

1. Think critically

  • Asks questions, probes all useful sources of information and looks beyond the obvious
  • Promotes safety
  • Bases decisions on facts rather than assumptions
  • Makes decisions that are legal and ethical
  • Makes decisions that do not compromise investigations
  • Makes decisions that support long-term problem resolution

2. Manage emergencies

  • Organizes information, resources, activities and people
  • Takes charge
  • Determines priorities
  • Makes decisions in a timely manner
  • Stabilizes scenes
  • Preserves life and evidence
  • Takes appropriate actions

3. Communicate effectively

  • Delivers written, spoken, and visual communication effectively
  • Listens actively
  • Responds appropriately in a dynamically evolving situations
  • Clearly articulates and documents observations and rationale for actions taken

4. Demonstrate professionalism

  • Demonstrates reliability and proficiency in police procedures
  • Applies the law appropriately
  • Carries out assigned responsibilities
  • Displays a sense of duty and service, reports properly equipped, prepared, and willing to participate/engage
  • Adheres to ethical standards

5. Interact with others

  • Interacts with others to complete tasks, solve problems, resolve conflicts, provide information and offer support
  • Exhibits respectful behaviors and language
  • Adapts to situation and individuals

6. Demonstrate tactical skills

  • Uses sound tactics to enforce and implement initiatives
  • Uses effective approach considerations
  • Uses effective intervention options
  • Uses effective follow-through considerations

Wis. Dept. of Justice Law Enforcement Officer Certification

Students who desire Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Law Enforcement Officer Certification, in addition to the technical studies and general education courses, 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.

They are Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Tactical Operations, First Responder with Healthcare Provider CPR, Emergency Vehicle Operation, and Scenario-Based Assessments. Once completed, students will become 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. Please review those standards on the following page for our Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement Academy.

Program Offered at This Location

  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

*Online Program Offerings

Wisconsin Department of Justice Law Enforcement Certification Track elective tactical courses that will not be offered online:

*10-504-150 Defensive Tactics (2 cr.)
*10-504-151 Firearms (2 cr.)
*10-504-114 Tactical Operations (3 cr.)
*10-531-105 First Responder with Healthcare Provider CPR (2 cr.)
*47-504-423F EVOC Certification - 40 Hours

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Will my credits transfer to a 4-year college?

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

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