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Law Enforcement

Associate in Applied Arts

Program Overview

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.

Earning Potential

Consider becoming a police detective. In this field, you'll find job growth expected to increase by 3% over the next 10 years. 

In this field, it is estimated you could earn $68,200 a year.

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Likely Careers

  • Police Detective
  • Patrol Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Dispatcher
  • Police Officer Supervisor


  • Accounting professor working with students in class.
    Amazing faculty 

    At Delta, you get small classes, professors who see your potential and resources to help you succeed. Delta professors are here to teach. And, they're really good at it.

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About Delta's Program

An associates degree in law enforcement prepares students for careers in entry-level law enforcement. Daily duties for an entry-level law enforcement officer might include (but are not limited to) patrol, vehicle stops, responding to calls, assisting in medical emergencies as a first responder, basic criminal investigation, writing reports and completing various forms, giving court testimony and working with other agencies.

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

Why you should choose Delta

Students desiring to work as a police officer might be required to complete a regional police academy and meet MCOLES licensing standards to be employable.


Life is busy. But that shouldn't get in the way of your education. Delta offers classes at night, on weekends and online to make taking classes and getting that degree easier. Plus, Delta has learning centers so you can take classes even closer to home.  


Co-op opportunities

You can get hands-on experience in your field while you're working toward that degree. I know. It's awesome! Plus, you'll even get paid. That's co-op! Check it out.


Free tutoring

At the Teaching Learning Center, located in the Library, we offer tutoring on a wide variety of subjects, and help with developing study and learning skills. Most tutoring is on a walk-in basis but we do have some online tutoring options.

Best of all, it's free for currently enrolled Delta students. Just another way we demonstrate our commitment to helping students succeed.


 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!

In fact, if you're interested in earning a bachelor's in Law Enforcement you have several options by coming to Delta first, and then transferring.


Facts & Figures

Student to professor ratio
With a student to professor ratio of 18 to 1, our students get personal attention.
80% of grads from the last five years live in the tri-counties. 97% live in Michigan.

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