Program Description

The Law Enforcement in the 21st Century Associate Degree program is designed for actively employed public safety professionals, including, but not limited to: Police Officers, Corrections Officers and Dispatchers, who wish to earn a degree to further their career.

Critical areas in modern policing will be analyzed, including: community policing; de-escalation; crisis intervention; the role of first-line supervisors; early intervention systems; internal affairs; community affairs; technology; and proactive crime prevention. Examine lessons learned by law enforcement practitioners from agencies of all sizes with a strategic overview and practical, task-oriented steps for law enforcement executives to follow when addressing issues within their own communities and agencies.

Applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure you are an active member in the public safety field.

Approximate Cost

$9,980
Tuition: $9529 , Books: $451

Starting Salary

$44,764–$52,715
Average, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International

Financial Aid

Available

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Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

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at Wausau
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at Antigo
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at Medford
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at Phillips
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at Spencer
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at Wittenberg
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at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Distinguish behaviors leading to criminal activity
  • Employ proactive techniques to reduce crime
  • Analyze crisis intervention techniques
  • Communicate professionally

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Patrol Officer
  • Detective Sergeant
  • Police Captain
  • Police Lieutenant
  • Police Officer

Courses

The Law Enforcement in the 21st Century Associate Degree is a 60 Credit* program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

INTRODUCTION TO GOVERNMENT BUDGETING 3.00
PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATION 3.00
MANAGEMENT UNION RELATIONS 2.00
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 3.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Second Term

LEADING CHANGE AND DIVERSITY 3.00
MEDIA RELATIONS 3.00
PUBLIC SAFETY INCIDENT MANAGEMENT 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS 3.00

Third Term

CRIMINOLOGY 3.00
LAW ENFORCEMENT TECHNOLOGY 3.00
CRISIS INTERVENTION TRAINING 4.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00

Fourth Term

ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND DEVELOPMENT 3.00
LEADING DIVERSITY 3.00
USE-OF-FORCE 3.00
CRIME PREVENTION 3.00
SENSITIVE CRIME 3.00

* College 101 (10-890-165) is not part of the program credit requirements but is a College Requirement for graduation that must be passed with a “C” or better. This requirement is effective for students beginning the program in Spring 2021 and beyond.

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Transfer Information

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

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Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

  • This program is intended for those currently employed and working in the law enforcement field.

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The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. The $30.00 application fee is being waived at this time.

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What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.