• Program: Law Enforcement
  • Degree: Advanced Technical Certificate
  • Credits: Total Advanced Technical Certificate Credits 22
  • Academic Planning Guide:


The law enforcement training program at Hennepin Technical College is accredited by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST). The Law Enforcement certificate program is designed to prepare students to become professional law enforcement officers who have the ability to think clearly, apply communication and human behavior principles, and effectively use hands on skills as the situation requires. This certificate program provides the final skills component of the law enforcement curriculum mandated by the POST Board.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the program the student will be eligible to take the Minnesota State Peace Officer License Examination. Completion of this Examination is required in order to obtain entry law enforcement positions with state, county, or local agencies.

Award Outcomes:

  • Identify the skills required to perform the duties of a police officer.
  • Utilize command presence and officer safety techniques.
  • Apply tactics to control subjects in field encounter situations.
  • Justify lawful use of force with applicable MN state statutes, Federal Case law and established Use of Force continuum.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with hand guns and long guns.
  • Employ tactics and procedures to detain and control suspects.
  • Demonstrate concepts and techniques to conduct vehicle contacts.
  • Demonstrate emergency vehicle operations.
  • Identify federal and state statutes pertaining to the duties and responsibilities of a police officer.
  • Distinguish among diverse groups which make up MN communities.
  • Assess methods to meet the needs of domestic needs victims.
  • Express core ethical principles.
  • Compose police reports.
  • Describe crime scene techniques.
  • Demonstrate officer interactions with crime victims.
  • Articulate different approaches to persons and situations involving crisis.
  • Identify the importance of Blood Borne Pathogens, Hazmat, and Fire investigations as applied to law enforcement.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 22 Credits
General Education Requirements 0 Credits

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 0 Credits
General Education Electives 0 Credits

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