Program Overview

The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Law Enforcement at Lake Region State College gives students the option of completing the degree online or within campus-based classes. The online courses allow students to complete coursework entirely at home or anywhere there is an Internet connection. 

The program is designed for those that are interested in advancement in current law enforcement careers, pursuing future law enforcement careers, or for those that would like to further their education in a criminal justice bachelor’s degree program. Generally, the program’s courses and credit requirements are needed for many law enforcement careers within the state of North Dakota.

Graduates may find a variety of different employment opportunities within the field of law enforcement and criminal justice. Specifically, students may find careers as a deputy, law enforcement officer, or sheriff. It has been found that graduates of the A.A.S. in Law Enforcement program at LRSC are recruited and actively involved in a large number of North Dakota’s law enforcement agencies. 

Students will be required to complete a minimum of 60 credits and a total of four semesters. Each semester has a different course schedule and credit requirement. Some courses that will be offered within the first, second, and third semesters are Information Processing, Introduction to Computers, College Composition I, American Government, And Fundamentals of Public Speaking. The fourth semester is generally left for students to complete the Peace Officer Training Program. 

The Peace Officer Training program cannot be finished online. Students will need to attend traditional, campus-based classes in order to successfully complete Peace Officer Training Program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Requirements

    Application Requirements:
    • Application and Application Fee
    • GED scores or high school transcript 
    • College transcripts (if applicable)
    • ACT Results
    • Immunity Records
    Peace Officer Training Program Application Requirements:
    • Complete the application. A criminal history background check will be conducted. 
    • Pass the psychological examination that has been approved by the North Dakota Peace Officer.
    • Will have a background investigation.
    • Complete a medical/physical exam.
    • Participate in an interview with the Peace Officer Training Program director.

    School Overview

    Lake Region State College is a two-year public school located in Devils Lake, North Dakota, in an area three miles from Devils Lake, Michigan’s largest natural body of water. LRSC was established in 1941 as an extension of the public school system. The school’s name has changed several times, but Lake Region State College has remained the name since its adoption in 1999. LRSC is a part of the North Dakota University System and has four campuses: Devils Lake Campus, Grand Forks Airforce Base Campus, the Online Campus, and Outreach Campuses.

    Lake Region State College offers certificates of completion and associate’s degrees. Classes are available in a traditional format and in online format (distance learning), where courses can be taken directly from home. Online courses and degrees are available to out-of-state students based on state authorization.

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