Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement - Associate Degree
Graduates of this two-year program are prepared to meet the rewarding challenges of the police profession, including criminal investigation; constitutional, traffic and criminal law; patrol procedure; crime scene practices; and use of force and driving skills. Students graduating from the program will be certifiable as a law enforcement officer in Wisconsin. This program is recognized and endorsed by the state of Wisconsin Department of Justice Training and Standards Bureau. Typical careers in this field include police officer, deputy sheriff, DNR officer, state trooper, military law enforcement officer, private investigator, and correctional officer as well as careers in corporate security, loss prevention, U.S. customs, transportation security administration and border patrol.
How do I get started in this program?
Requirements for Program Entry
- Apply at www.nwtc.edu/apply
- An official high school transcript, or equivalent, showing proof of graduation. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.) If your cumulative GPA is below 2.6, complete or submit a placement evaluation.
- Student packet (packets are mailed one week after the application is submitted) which includes forms and requirements as designated by the Department of Justice.
- Students who apply to this program must be a United States citizen in accordance with the Department of Justice. Proof of citizenship must be presented to the Public Safety office with the student packet.
- Valid driver’s license and eligible to drive college vehicles under the college’s insurance carrier. More information included with the student packet.
- Students will be required to participate in and pass a physical fitness exam prior to starting the second semester of this program. Students must also pass a fitness test at the completion of the program to obtain their certifiability status. Click on the link to the Physical Readiness Testing site below to view a list of fitness test events and minimum passing scores for the pre and post test.
- Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at email@example.com or 920-498-5444
What will I learn?
Students following the study plan below will complete the Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement associate degree in the number of semesters shown. All core Law Enforcement curriculum must be completed within three years to obtain Department of Justice certifiability.
- Curriculum Note: The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a "C" or better.
- Students must obtain a "C" or better in all 10-504-XXX classes to move forward with each semester.
- Think critically
- Manage emergencies
- Communicate effectively
- Demonstrate professionalism
- Conduct investigations
- Interact with others
- *Demonstrate tactical skills [applies only to occupational certifications]
What careers are in my future?
Law Enforcement Officer: performs general traffic and law enforcement duties at the municipal level.
- Deputy Sheriff: performs general traffic and law enforcement duties, jailer, and telecommunications responsibilities at the county level.
- DNR Officer: enforces fish, game, forest, and environmental laws at the state level.
- State Trooper: performs traffic and law enforcement duties at the state level.
- Military Law Enforcement Officer: performs criminal investigations, is responsible for traffic assignments, patrol, and general law enforcement duties in any branch of the military service at installations, forts, and bases.
- Private Investigator: conducts criminal and noncriminal
investigations for private businesses and industries.
- Security Officer: patrols and investigates for retail business and private industrial plants.
- Correctional Officer: is assigned to security and general duties in a correctional institution.
Employment opportunities with additional education
- Police or Sheriff Administrator
- Specialized Units (K-9, SWAT, etc.)
- State Agent
- Federal Agent
- Jail/Correctional Officer
What's next after graduation?
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What else do I need to know about the program?
- Due to Department of Justice - Training and Standards Bureau requirements, transfer of credits for core criminal justice courses will not be accepted. The exception to this would be if the courses are from another Wisconsin Technical College authorized as a certified Department of Justice - Training and Standards training academy.
Students who successfully complete this program will be certifiable as a law enforcement officer in the state of Wisconsin.
Study Abroad Opportunities
The International Studies staff continually seek opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit nwtc.edu/studyabroad.
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