Law Enforcement Degree
A law enforcement degree helps to prepare students for the four to six-month agency-specific police academies that act as a law enforcement boot camp. That does not mean that police departments and sheriff’s offices discount these degrees.
In fact, many police departments around the United States require at least 60 credits in college experience. Many hiring officers look highly on those with coursework in criminal justice and law enforcement studies because it gives them a head start on the book work they will experience during academy and also demonstrates qualities like initiative, strong work ethic, and critical thinking skills.
Read more about careers where criminal justice of law enforcement degrees help:
- Police Officer career
- Sheriff Officer / Deputy career
- Corrections Officer career
- Fish and Game Warden career
- Park Ranger career
- Security Guard career
Law Enforcement Training and Courses
To that end, most law enforcement degree programs focus on the application of law to give students an understanding of how to enforce laws. Other key aspects include learning about the chain of evidence and detection of materials to support arrests, as well as the proper application of force given the circumstances.
With an increased focus on community-oriented policing evidenced by many departments, students learning about becoming a law enforcement officer may also take introductory level sociology courses and those on media relations, as well as law history courses.
Job Opportunities for Law Enforcement Degree Program Graduates
These skills, combined with entrance to an academy, will prepare the law enforcement degree graduate to become a police or law enforcement trainee or cadet. Income varies widely throughout the United States and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an annual median wage of $54,230 for police and sheriff’s patrol officers in the US as of May 2011.1 The top 10% of police officers earn a median annual salary of $84,980.1
Top 50 Law Enforcement Blogs
See our top law enforcement blogs to read about what it is like to work as a police officer from current law enforcement professionals.
Online Law Enforcement Degree Programs and Criminal Justice Schools
- BS in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
- BS in Criminal Justice - Crime Scene Investigation
- MS in Criminal Justice - Law
American InterContinental University Online
- Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
Grand Canyon University
- M.S. in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
- M.S. in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
- B.S. in Justice Studies
- Criminal Justice - Juvenile - BS
- Criminal Justice - AS
- Criminal Justice - Corrections - BS
National American University
- Criminal Justice A.A.S.
- Criminal Justice B.S.
- AS - Criminal Justice
- MS - Criminal Justice
- BS - Criminal Justice
- M.S. in Criminal Justice Leadership & Executive Management - General Program
- B.S. in Human Services - Criminal Justice
- Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Criminal Justice
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333051.htm
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