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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  • Has specialized in student-centered technology, business, criminal justice, health science, and culinary education for over 45 years.
  • Makes it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in 2.5 years or an associate’s in 1.5 years by providing a year-round schedule.
  • Offers externships and clinical experience that help students prepare for life after they graduate.
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Programs:

  • Criminal Justice - Bachelor

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:

  • BS in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • MS in Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • BS in Criminal Justice - Crime Scene Investigation
  • And more...

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:

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice : Law Enforcement
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice : Corrections
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice : Crime Scene Investigation
  • And more...
Locations: Hagerstown
Earn a respected degree from a respected and well-known school: Boston University. Their online programs allow students to study when and where it's most convenient.

Programs:

  • Master of Criminal Justice
With Miller-Motte you can expect the focus to be on you, the student, and your career. We are committed to Changing Futures, Changing Lives, and it all starts with you. You can rely on challenging programs, interesting curriculum, and educators with industry experience preparing you for your new future.

Programs:

  • Criminal Justice - Associate of Occupational Science
Locations: Lynchburg

Regent University prepares students with the knowledge to excel and the faith to live with purpose. Our 20,000 alumni, from more than 110 countries, are changing the world as accomplished professionals. Named a top-15 school nationally for online bachelor's programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2015), Regent is among the most affordable undergraduate Christian colleges (CCCU 2015). Fully accredited, challenging programs are available online and on campus. New classes begin every eight weeks.

Programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies - Criminal Justice

For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.

Programs:

  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

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
  • AA in Criminal Justice
  • CERT: Criminal Justice

Ashland University values the individual student and offers an education that combines challenging academic programs with a faculty and staff who care about building nurturing relationships with their students. This approach to educating the whole person provides unparalleled opportunities for students to learn, grow, and find their place in the world.

Programs:

  • Associate of Criminal Justice (Online)

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.