Law Enforcement


With a law enforcement degree from FVTC, there are a variety of career opportunities available to you – police officer, DNR warden, deputy sheriff, crime scene investigator, forensic technician, lab technician, private investigator and more.


  • Child Protection Investigator (C)

    13 Credits Location: Online

    Gain skills to aid the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and child predator cases. Learn how to collect forensic evidence of child abuse and how to interview victims and interrogate suspects. Your training will teach you the proper procedures for handling and managing child abuse, missing child or neglected child cases. These specialized skills can open up new opportunities for you.

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  • Corrections (C)

    15 Credits Location: Online

    Learn the skills and knowledge to become a corrections officer or advance your career in corrections. You’ll learn about the history and organization of the penal system, including programming, services and inmate populations. You’ll also cover security, policy development, ethics and administration. Your training will include correctional law, and the sociology of correctional institution populations.

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  • Crime Prevention (C)

    20 Credits Location: Online

    Whether you are a sworn officer or a civilian working in law enforcement, this certificate will prepare you to advise business owners and community organizations about a broad range of security and safety issues. You’ll learn about topics such as burglary, shoplifting, check and credit card fraud, identity theft, sexual assault prevention, Internet safety and more. You’ll also choose an area of specialization such as environmental design and planning or security systems.

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  • Criminal Investigator (C)

    16 Credits Locations: Appleton, Online

    Law enforcement officers, private investigators and crime scene technicians who want to learn the basics of criminal investigations should consider this certificate. You’ll learn how to contain the crime scene and identify and collect evidence. Investigators also photograph the crime scene, interview witnesses and interrogate suspects. You’ll learn how to conduct computer crime investigations too. You will be ready to assume the duties of a criminal investigator.

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  • Criminal Justice (AAS)

    63 Credits Locations: Appleton, Online

    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 the criminal justice system in our society and will become familiar with law enforcement, corrections, criminal procedures, juvenile law and constitutional law. In addition, you’ll gain skills in communication, crime prevention, report writing and forensic science applications. This program will prepare you for a career in many of the criminal justice related fields.

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  • Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement 720 Academy (TD)

    23 Credits Location: Appleton

    This program is specifically designed for those with a minimum of 60 accredited college-level credits who seek to meet Wisconsin certification requirements as a law enforcement officer. In this role, you’ll be responsible for the preservation of law and order in your community. You’ll learn numerous skills related to the profession of law enforcement. Your training will also include crime prevention, crime investigation, vehicle patrols and assisting the public. This program includes in-class fitness training and other physical education such as defensive tactics and fire arms training. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice your skills with hands-on training and scenario-based field simulations.

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  • Cyber Crime Investigation (C)

    12 Credits Locations: Appleton, Online

    Cyber crime is a growing concern in today’s technology-based environment. Through a combination of information technology and criminal justice courses, you will get the knowledge and skills to investigate computer and Internet-related crime. You’ll learn techniques hackers use and how to tighten network security. You’ll also learn about state and federal laws regarding the search and seizure of electronic evidence. Finally, you’ll learn how to preserve, verify and analyze data stored on computers.

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  • Evidence Technician (C)

    14 Credits Location: Appleton

    If you are a law enforcement or security professional, this certificate can give you the skills to carefully collect and preserve physical crime scene evidence. You’ll learn how to examine and reconstruct crime scenes, as well as how to collect, analyze and protect biological and trace evidence. Through hands-on experience, you’ll learn techniques for detecting and recovering impression evidence such as footwear marks, fingerprints, tool marks and tire treads. You will become a valuable member of the investigative team.

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  • Forensic Science (AAS)

    60 Credits Locations: Appleton, Online

    Forensic science is a fascinating field where law enforcement meets scientific investigation. Your training will introduce you to crime scene management, criminal law and constitutional law. You will learn how to identify, document, collect, preserve and analyze physical evidence. Gain experience with biological evidence such as DNA, as well as fingerprints and footwear impressions, trace evidence, tool marks and more. You’ll also develop skills for crash scene investigation, and property and evidence management. Then you can enhance your credentials with a concentration in either physical evidence or digital evidence. An internship gives you hands-on, real-world experience to help you prepare for entry-level positions in the forensic science field.

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  • Private Investigation Specialist (C)

    18 Credits Locations: Appleton, Online

    If you want to become a licensed private or corporate security investigator, this is the program for you. You’ll learn how to locate witnesses, search public records, conduct background investigations and investigate insurance claims. You’ll also develop the skills to conduct criminal defense investigations and financial asset investigations. An exciting and interesting career awaits when you complete this certificate.

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  • Security & Asset Protection (AAS)

    61 Credits Location: Online

    The need for skilled physical/cyber security and asset protection personnel, as well as entry-level law enforcement officers, is growing. This degree program will give you a diverse background in asset protection technology, risk management, security law, physical and cyber security, private investigations, and an introduction to the criminal justice system. You'll also learn how to conduct security surveys and address security concerns affecting businesses, manufacturers and residential buildings. With this degree, you'll be ready for an entry-level position in numerous important and valued career fields.

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  • Security Management (C)

    15 Credits Location: Online

    If you want to move up in your security career, this certificate can help. Learn the leadership and supervisory skills you’ll need to advance. You’ll get a basic overview of business, along with a study of supervision, security law and security requirements in the business environment. You’ll also learn about the Department of Homeland Security using actual case studies. You’ll be ready for that promotion when opportunity knocks.

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Types of Offerings

AAS - Associate Degree
TD - Technical Diploma
C - Certificate
A - Apprenticeship

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