Law Enforcement

Make a difference for your community with a career in law enforcement! While the role of police officers has been in the news lately, the need for well-trained officers with respect, understanding and ethics is paramount. Build your understanding of criminal law, criminology, the criminal justice system, police operations and more.

Law enforcement can be a starting point toward other careers as well.

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Associate in Applied Science

Careers in law enforcement, including police officers and deputy sheriffs, are ever changing. Police officers help prevent crimes, investigate crimes and control traffic. Detectives and special agents gather facts and evidence for criminal cases. In Michigan, students must complete police academy training to be eligible for employment as a police officer. In many cases, police agencies require a minimum of an associate degree for new employees.

Sample Courses

This course covers the fundamentals of criminal investigation, theory and practice, from crime scene to courtroom, with emphasis on techniques appropriate to specific crimes.

This course is an overview of criminal behavior from a psych-social perspective. Contemporary research, theory and practice concerning the psychology of crime are reviewed.

Introduction to deviant behavior and current criminological theories with emphasis on synthesis and police applications to juveniles; diversion and status offenses considered.

Associate Degree Details


Median wages are $66,020 annually, with a range of $40,420 to more than $100,000.


Overall employment of police and detectives is expected to grow 7 percent in coming years.

Associate in Applied Science

Jackson County

If you reside in Jackson county, Michigan.


In Michigan

If you reside in the state of Michigan.


Out of Michigan

If you reside outside the state of Michigan.


Estimated program costs include tuition, fees and digital textbooks based on 2022-2023 tuition rates. Please note that these costs are only estimates and an individualized financial plan will be created when a student meets with their Student Success Navigator.


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