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Program Code: 31-504-3

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Technical Diploma: 48 credits
Appleton Campus/Also Available Online*
Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Law Enforcement Technical Diploma 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

The Law Enforcement Technical Diploma offers you a series of courses intended to prepare you for a rewarding policing career. The program provides both theoretical and practical hands-on coursework in such areas as introduction to criminal justice, traffic theory & law, juvenile law, criminal law, constitutional law, communication skills, report writing, policing strategies, and criminal investigation. Upon successful completion, you will have earned a technical diploma and met all the training requirements to be certifiable for employment as a Wisconsin law enforcement officer for a period of three years. However, you must earn or have earned an additional 12 credits (in any subject) to meet the minimum education requirement of 60 college credit.

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 (504-151). Wisconsin statutes prohibit individuals convicted of felony offenses from being certified as sworn law enforcement officers.

Additional DOJ Requirements

  • Be at least 17 years of age and a United States citizen. Proof of age and citizenship is required (Form DJ-LE-322 Birth Certificate Verification)
  • Possess a valid Wis. driver's license or other such valid operator's permit recognized by the Wis. Dept. of Transportation as authorizing operation of a motor vehicle.
  • Complete an oral interview with a panel of criminal justice executives or with teaching or counseling staff.
  • Undergo a criminal history records check . An unpardoned felony conviction or misdemeanor crime of domestic violence conviction will prohibit employment as a law enforcement officer.
  • Undergo a physical assessment. A physical assessment shall be conducted to verify that the applicant can meet the physical standards required of the position. The assessment shall be conducted by a licensed physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner, utilizing the Physician's Assessment form (DJ-LE-332), or a form similar to DJ-LE-332, which provides the physician with a job description on which to base the assessment.
  • Complete form DJ-LE-327 Application for Enrollment as a Law Enforcement, Jail or Secure Detention Officer.
  • Complete form DJ-LE-310, Student Authorization for Release of Information.

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
  7. Meet the basic requirements for employment as a Wis. law enforcement officer.

Program Offered at This Location

Appleton - 1825 N. Bluemound Drive

*Online Program Offerings
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

Contact Us

For additional information contact the Criminal Justice Dept at (920) 735-2406 or visit us on facebook at

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

2014-15 Educational Program