The Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement program provides training in protecting lives and property, as well as preserving the peace while upholding the law. As a student in the Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement 2 program, you will learn:

  • Patrol procedures for residential, commercial, and industrial areas
  • Monitor traffic for safe and legal operations
  • How to properly issue warnings, citations, and make arrests
  • How to investigate accident and crime scenes
  • How to carry out long-term investigations leading to the prosecution of criminal offenders
  • Strategies to maintain the confidence of the public by displaying professional conduct

Graduates of this degree may need to have further training to enter certain Law Enforcement fields. Talk to your advisor about careers you may be interested in.

  • Overview
  • Is This Program for You?

    If you are interested in making a difference in your community by providing safety, order and serving those in need, a career in law enforcement may be for you.

    Students entering the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement 2 program should have the following skills and abilities:

    • The ability to work professionally and respectfully with diverse populations.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills
    • Analytical thinking and problem solving skills
    • Strong internal motivation and the ability to work independently
    • Strong attention to detail with the ability to rapidly perceive and process information
    • The ability to work in various work conditions, including inclement weather, holidays, nights and weekends
    • Have a strong moral and ethical background that promotes public service
    • Possess the necessary physical, medical, emotional and psychological conditions necessary to meet the requirements of the profession
    • The ability to respond to emergency situations in a calm, focused and safe manner
    • Remain objective and non-biased in interactions with the public
    • Possess driving records and criminal history backgrounds that free of disqualifying offenses

    Program Basics

    • Associate degree, requiring a minimum of two years to complete.
    • The majority of classes are offered face to face on campus. Some training sessions will be hosted during the evening and outdoors.
    • Fall start.
    • Financial aid available.
    • Credit for prior learning may be available.
  • Curriculum & Costs
  • Cost of Attendance (COA) 23-24

    Cost of Attendance (COA) is a total of all the usual expenses of being a student. The COA sets the maximum amount of financial aid a student can receive.

    Category Amount
    Tuition and Fees $4,820
    Living Expenses (Housing and Food) $9,148
    Books and Supplies $1,466
    Personal Expenses $3,608
    Transportation $4,018
    Charger Tech 360 Fee $600
    Loan Fees $84
    Yearly Total (Living Away from Home) $23,744
    1 Semester Total (Living Away from Home) $11,872

    Based on Wisconsin Residents.

    Approximate school costs are for a full-time (12 credit) student over a semester span of 17 weeks.

    Fees are legislated by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board.

    These costs are estimates and are subject to change without notice.

  • Requirements
  • Admission and Program Requirements

    • Submit Application
    • Admissions Meeting: After applying and submitting transcripts, make an admissions meeting with the advisor by clicking "Make an appointment" in the Advisor block on this page.
    • To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Accuplacer or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session. Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809

    Minimum Requirements For Summer Academy Sessions

    The Wisconsin Department of Justice has minimum standards to be a law enforcement officer in Wisconsin. Students wishing to take the Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement 2 program must meet these standards or they will not be able to take the Summer Academy sessions; therefore, not getting a degree. Students should consult with and work with the Director of Public Safety to make an informed decision on their education. This program is an excellent opportunity to obtain your law enforcement certification while going to college, but it is important to make sure you are eligible to complete.

    Full DOJ Requirements for Summer Academy Sessions

    Helpful Academic Background

    • Communication
    • English
    • Social Sciences
    • Science
    • Math

    Program Fees

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
    • Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
  • Outcomes
  • Program Outcomes

    At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:

    • Recognize the personal demands required of police.
    • Demonstrate proper police investigative procedures.
    • Demonstrate effective communication with diverse populations.
    • Understand legal principles and procedures to ensure justice.
    • Apply Wisconsin statutes when analyzing criminal behavior.
    • Demonstrate writing skills.
    • Practice good personal fitness strategies.
    • Practice effective team member attributes.
  • Career Opportunities
  • The profession of law enforcement, also known as police science, is becoming very people-oriented. Law enforcement officers spend a great deal of time communicating and interacting with an increasingly diverse population. Officers are more active in community relations and crime prevention, and they must always be able to react immediately to any level of emergency. Criminal Justice—Law Enforcement 2 prepares graduates for careers as:

    • Police officers
    • Deputy sheriffs
    • Security guards
    • Bailiffs
    • Correctional officers

    Each of these careers may require special additional requirements and/or training.

    Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.

  • Transfers
  • Prior Learning
  • Credit for Prior Learning

    Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!

    Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.

    For more information on Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.

    At any time, you may Request Credit for Prior Learning.

    Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement 2 Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:

    Course # Course Title
    Challenge Exam
    Challenge Exam
    10-801-136English Composition 1Yes
    CLEP Test - College Composition
    10-801-196Oral/Interpersonal CommunicationYes
    10-804-107College MathematicsYes
    CLEP test - College Mathematics
    10-809-172Introduction to Diversity StudiesYes