Law Enforcement Careers

Law enforcement covers a diverse range of occupations with the primary purpose to protect the rights and safety of citizens by seeing that existing laws are complied with. Law enforcement training is designed to prepare officers for the particulars of their areas of enforcement which are covered by some of the occupations to follow.

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Programs:

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Programs:

  • Doctor of Management - Criminal Justice
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Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education. Eligible students can receive college credit for prior military experience and coursework—up to 75 percent of the credit needed for a Kaplan University undergraduate degree.*

Programs:

  • MS in Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • BS in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • AAS in Criminal Justice
  • And more...

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

A liberal arts institution with 16 colleges and schools, Liberty offers programs in fields such as medicine, religion, law, aviation, cinematic arts, psychology, business, and more. Part of the Big South Conference, Liberty fields 20 NCAA Division I athletic teams and 32 Club Sports teams, offering fans an unparalleled college sports experience.

Programs:

  • BS in Criminal Justice in Crime Scene Investigation
Stratford Career Institute can help you earn your diploma from home in as little as six months, thanks to their proven study methods.

Programs:

  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal

You’re serious about success. With your busy schedule and the desire to move your career forward, you can earn an accredited associate, bachelors or master’s degree at a pace that works for you anywhere, anytime, 24/7.

At AIU, the Serious U, you can get started to get ahead.

Programs:

  • Bachelor's (BSCJ) - Corrections and Case Management
  • Bachelor's (BSCJ) - Law Enforcement
  • Bachelor's (BSCJ) - Generalist

At Kaplan University, we offer over 180 degree and certificate programs. With three different ways to learn, you can choose the format that works best for you:

  • Study wherever you have an Internet connection, because almost all of our courses are 100% online, or
  • Take campus-based classes(with day and evening options available), or
  • Combine campus learning with online classes (blended).

Programs:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice : Corrections
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice : Law Enforcement
  • Master of Public Administration : Criminal Justice
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Locations: Hagerstown

Miller-Motte Technical College (MMTC) has a history of helping students succeed through hands-on education and career training. Our faculty and staff work to ensure that when you've completed your program, you're truly ready to begin your career.

Programs:

  • Criminal Justice - Associate of Occupational Science
Locations: Lynchburg

Making the decision to earn your degree and pursue your career goals could be the best decision you ever make. Enroll at ECPI University and you’ll join a collaborative and fostering learning environment, surrounded by faculty and staff who are there to support you through the entire process.


What sets ECPI University apart? Just ask the employers who hire our graduates. Since 1966, more than 3,800 employers have looked to ECPI for talented professionals who are capable of entering the workplace and doing the job right on the very first day. That’s because our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of today’s highly-specialized job market.

Programs:

  • Criminal Justice - Bachelor's
Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University. Take classes online or on campus. Pursue your degree to help you start the career you want. Learn more now.

Programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Police Officer

Law Enforcement Training ProgramsPolice officers work for their cities and enforce the laws within the limits of their municipality. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that police officers make a median salary of $55,010 per year and will realize a slower than average job growth of 7% through 2020.[1] Police officers can apply with a high school diploma and must attend their force’s police academy. Those who further their education though law enforcement training classes open new opportunities for advancement in the force.

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Fish and Game Warden

This area of law enforcement deals with fishing, boating, and hunting laws. The goals behind this area of law enforcement are to protect not only citizens but wildlife as well. The BLS groups their salary and job growth statistics with the police officers. Game wardens receive their specialized law enforcement training though their own academies and applicants can enter this law enforcement field with a high school diploma.

State Trooper

State troopers have practically the same duties as city police officers except that their jurisdiction is the entire state. They are typically found patrolling state highways and providing security at events such as state fairs. Their BLS statistics pertaining to salary and job growth are also grouped with that of police officers. State troopers typically have their own training academy like police officers and can apply with a high school diploma.

County Sheriffs and Deputies

Like the police and state troopers, these too are law enforcement officers but within the county jurisdiction. You will typically find them patrolling the outskirts of a city and in rural areas. Here again, the BLS groups them with the same pay and job growth statistics of police officers. Like police officers and state troopers, those applying to be sheriff’s deputies only need a high school diploma and will attend their own training academy.

Law enforcement training opens the door to a rewarding career in different areas of law enforcement. All law enforcement agencies work together and have lines of communication to make sure all citizens as well as wildlife are protected.

Law enforcement training is demanding but it prepares you for a job that is just as demanding if not more. However, the reward of helping your fellow citizens is great. If you think one of these occupations would suit you, check into the opportunities provided by law enforcement training today.



[1]    Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Police and Detectives, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm.