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Law Enforcement with Basic Police Training

Associate in Applied Arts

Program Overview

The responsibilities of a police officer are rewarding, challenging and exciting. Officers with an associate's degree in law enforcement with basic police training have the opportunity to work in various areas of interest, such as patrol, investigations, traffic units and marine patrol.

A career in law enforcement can allow for more leadership roles, such as field training new officers, participation in gang related investigations and vice activities.

Are you ethical, compassionate, disciplined and able to work under stressful conditions? Can you work independently or with a team? If so, a career in Law Enforcement might be for you.

Professional licensure

Program completers will be eligible to take the Michigan State licensure exam. Each State has possible different licensure requirements. Please contact the program coordinator for further information.

Be successful. Develop these skills.

  • Good judgment
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Negotiating
  • Physical strength
  • Self discipline
  • Dedication
  • Legal issues 
  • Client relations
  • Defensive tactics
  • Probation and parole
  • Juvenile offenders

Related Programs

Law Enforcement with Basic Police Training – Certificate of Achievement

In addition to the Corrections associate degree, Delta also offers an entry-level Certificate of Achievement. It’s called a 'laddered program' because the courses you take for the certificate count toward the next step up – the Associate Degree.

It’s also a great way to explore the career field or gain skills to accompany another criminal justice degree.

See program requirements

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Transfer opportunities

One of the very best things about Delta College is your ability to start here and go anywhere. And, in the process, save thousands (and thousands) of dollars. It's a smart choice to get your associate's and then transfer on!

Delta has signed transfer agreements to continue your criminal justice studies with:

  • Ferris State University - Criminal Justice with options

Visit transfer agreements and guides to see the whole list of transfer opportunities. Have questions? Make an appointment with academic advising to discuss your career goals.

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