Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement

Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

We are able to move freely through society—and enjoy some expectation of safety—thanks to the law enforcement officers in our midst. Police officers strive to maintain peace in our homes, parks, streets, businesses, and schools. They are ready at a moment’s notice to restore order and protect life and property.

A Closer Look

Law enforcement is a critical part of every community, and the officer’s role is varied and complex. On any given day, a police officer may be called upon to respond to a medical emergency, enforce traffic violations, investigate felony crime, or help a lost child find their parent. Many also conduct victim interviews, provide referral services, and question suspects.

This career is a tremendous opportunity for those who crave challenge, accept leadership, have a strong sense of service towards others, and have a desire for justice.


What You'll Learn

Graduates of Mid-State’s Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement program are ready to meet the challenges that come with a career in law enforcement. Students who meet all of the requirements, graduate with Law Enforcement Certifiable Status, enabling them to be hired and to work as police officers in the State of Wisconsin without having to complete a separate 720 hour Police Recruit Academy.

Experienced instructors emphasize professionalism, integrity, and quality work performance, with a significant focus on high ethical and moral standards.


Careers

  • Civilian Law Enforcement Employee
  • Conservation Enforcement
  • Correctional Officer
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Homeland Security
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Park Ranger
  • Private Security
  • Public Defender Investigator
  • State Trooper
  • Telecommunicator

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!

MICHAEL BESSETTE

Michael earned his master’s degree in criminology from Indiana State University. He has over 25 years of law enforcement experience as a police officer, deputy sheriff, and a special agent for the Wisconsin Department of Justice. He is also certified Master Instructor Trainer (MIT) for the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Training and Standards Bureau.

“There is nothing better than being in the classroom and being a part of the training and education of future police officers. I enjoy every minute and share in the excitement of the students.”

SCOTT LANG

Scott has a master’s degree in criminology from Indiana State University. He has 29 years’ experience as a police officer in the central Wisconsin area, including his work as a patrol officer, school liaison officer, and a patrol sergeant. His certifications have included dispatch, hostage negotiations, field training officer, and tactical response team.

“As an officer I saw the impact that positive contact with law enforcement can have on citizens. Working directly with students at Mid-State allows me to teach new officers the importance of integrity and professionalism.”


Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more.

Courses

Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10504114 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3.00
10504115 Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement 3.00
10504118 Telecommunications for Law Enforcement 3.00
10504120 Criminal Court Process 3.00
10504149 Law Enforcement Qualification 2.00
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
-or-
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
(17 Credits)
Term: 2
10504700 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.00
10504701 Basic Patrol Response 3.00
10504702 Basic Tactics 3.00
10504703 Basic Investigations 3.00
10801198 Speech 3.00
-or-
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
(18 Credits)
Term: 3
10504704 Intermediate Patrol Response 3.00
10504705 Advanced Tactics 4.00
10504706 Emergency Vehicle Response 2.00
10504707 Intermediate Investigations 3.00
10809122 Intro to American Government 3.00
(15 Credits)
Term: 4
10504180 Final Scenario Evaluation 2.00
10504708 Physical Fitness 1.00
10504709 Traffic Response 3.00
10504710 Advanced Investigations 3.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
-or-
10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
-or-
10804189 Introductory Statistics 3.00
10809196 Intro to Sociology 3.00
-or-
10809172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
-or-
10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
(18-19 Credits)
Total Credits: 68-69