Law Enforcement

The Law Enforcement AAS degree is available FULLY ONLINE in addition to a classroom option or choose a blend of classroom and online learning!

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Program Distinctions 

• Available in a FULLY ONLINE option and classroom option
• STRONG TRANSFER PARTNERSHIP with St. Cloud State University
• Classes taught by seasoned LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS

About the Program

The Law Enforcement program at Ridgewater is an established and successful two-year college degree program. 

The curriculum, designed to prepare students to pass the Minnesota Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (POST) Board’s examinations, follows the objectives established by the POST Board and has been certified by it.

Law Enforcement Associate of Applied Science Degree

The AAS Degree option is designed for the individual who wants to become a peace officer in Minnesota. After completion of the program, the student will be authorized to take the POST Board Examination. Students who pass are eligible to be licensed peace officers in the State of Minnesota.

Curriculum is divided into three general areas:

  1. Component I - Law Enforcement courses
  2. Component II - Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)
  3. Component III - Electives

The primary advantage of the AAS degree is that it is the shortest route to employment as a peace officer in Minnesota. The primary disadvantage is that Component II does not meet all the goals or the total credit requirements of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. Consequently, if the student elects to transfer to any public university in Minnesota with the AAS degree, they will be required to meet the MnTC requirements of the transfer institution. Students who elect to transfer with the AAS degree will transfer individual courses. No college/university will accept as transfer any courses in which the student earned a grade of less than “C-”. Students who intend to eventually earn a four-year degree are advised to pursue an AA degree and work closely with their advisor.



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