Law Enforcement
Earning a degree in Law Enforcement from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College can lead to a wide range of exciting and satisfying careers–police officer, sheriff’s deputy, state trooper, criminal investigator, conservation officer, park ranger, security guard, corrections officer and many more. People who are interested in helping others and performing a valuable community service should consider a career in Law Enforcement.

Job prospects for Law Enforcement graduates are good. Approximately 25% of current law enforcement positions in Minnesota will turn over in the next few years. Large cities such as St. Paul and Minneapolis hire new recruits on an on-going basis. In addition, other states aggressively seek and recruit Minnesota-trained officers to fill job vacancies.

The mission of the Law Enforcement Department at FDLTCC is to provide a comprehensive approach to law enforcement focusing on current and past practices in enforcement, including problem solving, conflict resolution, and community involvement and partnerships. Special attention is paid to police and public safety ethics.

Law Enforcement students at FDLTCC have the advantage of being trained by instructors who have direct field experience. Instructors on staff include current police officers, lawyers, and courtroom judges. FDLTCC instructional staff, combined with the multi-cultural environment at the college, offer opportunities that no other college can provide. A Law Enforcement degree from FDLTCC is greatly valued and respected by prospective employers.

The compact, streamlined program at FDLTCC can be completed in two years. For students who already have a college degree or some college experience, it is possible to complete the program in one year. Many classes are held during evening hours, allowing a flexible time to attend classes. Small class sizes, convenient access to computer labs, and the Law Enforcement Club for students are added bonuses at FDLTCC.

How to Enroll
FDLTCC offers programs leading to both Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degrees in Law Enforcement. New college students who are interested in the Law Enforcement Program at FDLTCC should first take the Academic Skills Assessment Program and then schedule an appointment with the Coordinator of the Law Enforcement Program to review eligibility for licensure in Minnesota as a Peace Officer.

Transfer students (with or without a previous degree) need to schedule an appointment with the Coordinator of the Law Enforcement Program to review eligibility for licensure in Minnesota as a Peace Officer, and determine what classes would be required before they would be eligible to enroll in the skills portion of the Professional Peace Officer Education Program (PPOE.)

Prospective Law Enforcement students should have no felony convictions. To continue in the Law Enforcement program at FDLTCC, a student should maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 in all program courses.

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For further information
To receive more information about the Law Enforcement Program, contact:

Coordinator of Law Enforcement Program
(218) 879-0849 or

Visitors are always welcome! Please call us in advance to help plan the best possible campus visit.

Example Course Requirements
Each student works with Coordinator of the Law Enforcement Program to plan a course schedule for each semester. The following list gives a general idea of the courses a student will take. This list is subject to change and does not represent a complete list of program requirements

HLTH 1050 Emergency Response/First Responder
LAWE 1001 Introduction to Criminal Justice
LAWE 1010 Crime and Delinquency
LAWE 1020 Criminal Investigation
LAWE 2010 Criminal Evidence and Procedure
LAWE 2020 Minnesota Statutes and Traffic Law
LAWE 2030 Critical Issues and Community Relations in the Criminal Justice System
ENGL 1001 College Writing
ENGL 1020 Writing for Work
PHIL 2010 Ethics
POLS 1020 State and Local Government
PSYC 2001 General Psychology
SOC 1001 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 2010 Social Problems
SPCH 1020 Interpersonal Communication
Math/Science Elective

Skills program courses are typically offered during the summer session. A complete skills certificate is available through FDLTCC. A preparation seminar for the POST Board exam is offered approximately four times per year.

The Law Enforcement Program is certified by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST.)

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street, Cloquet, MN 55720
Phone (218) 879-0800 Fax (218) 879-0814 Toll Free 1 800 657-3712
TTY (218) 879-0805 This information is available in alternate formats upon request.
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