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Law Enforcement Skills Certificate

Why Choose Law Enforcement Skills Certificate at CLC?

• Become marketable to future employers with state-of-the-art education and several unique certifications that are only available at CLC.

• Faculty on average 20 years plus experience each and are active in the criminal justice workforce.

• CLC is the only school in the state using the Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Information Systems simulated database (what police officers use) in the squad cars.

• The only program in the state to grant students certification for the nationwide Toward Zero Deaths program.

• One of the few schools in the state to offer certification for Occupant Protection Use and Equipment, Drugs that Impair, Medical Landing Zone, and Light Detection and Ranging.

• Partnerships with Camp Ripley for course training and combined arms combat training, and with Mills shooting range for firearms training.

• With all instructors currently active in law enforcement, a 5 year average shows CLC students have a 92% pass rate with the MN POST BOARD exam.

About the Program

This new, unique program allows students to get an insider’s look into the career of law enforcement. CLC students get in the drivers seat of new state-of-the-art squad cars, which come with the same software that officers use on the streets today. This is the only program in the state that offers that experience.

In this eight-week program, you’ll be trained in firearms, defense tactics, using a taser, chemical aerosol, radar and using lidar.

Because of a close partnership between area law enforcement and the college, students have a wide selection of choices for internships.

After earning your Law Enforcement Skills Certificate, along with a Criminal Justice A.A.S. Degree, Criminal Justice Certificate or Natural Resources Law enforcement, you’ll be ready to take the peace officer licensing exam.

Program Information

Special Department Information:

Program Course Requirements

CRJU 2124  General Evidence and Identification Preparation (4 cr)
CRJU 2160  Use of Force  (2 cr)
CRJU 2162  Firearms  (3 cr)
CRJU 2164  Patrol Practicals  (5 cr)
CRJU 2166  Tactical Communications/Relations  (2 cr)


Career Description: Law Enforcement Professionals respond to emergency and non-emergency calls for service, perform traffic enforcement to include traffic crash response and investigation, and investigate crimes and enforce state and federal statutes.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate physical restraints necessary during an arrest procedure;
  • Operate an emergency vehicle safely when responding to emergency situations;
  • Handle a variety of calls and react in accordance to criminal procedure;
  • Recognize life threatening situations and respond accordingly.

Special Program Requirements:

In addition to the program requirements listed, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. Residency Requirement: students must complete one-third (5) of their credits at Central Lakes College.
  2. College cummulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  3. Must have approval from the CLC PPOE in order to graduate from this program.

Accreditation: Peace Officer Standards and Training

Admissions: Program Admissions Requirements: (Please see the Criminal Justice Coordinator for information.) 1. Background Check: Students must complete and pass a background check prior to being officially admitted into the program. This background check must be completed prior to the first day of classes. 2. MMPI: Students must also complete the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) with a Psychologist approved by the Program Coordinator prior to admission into the program. 3.Students must have completed, or be concurrently enrolled in, an Associate in Arts, Bachelors, or Criminal Justice AAS Degree from an accredited institution for admission into this program. 4. Must have PPOE Coordinator Approval prior to being accepted into this program.

Career Opportunities: Upon successful completion of this certificate program students will be eligible to take the MN Peace Officers Standards and Training Exam (P.O.S.T.). Upon successful completion of the P.O.S.T. Exam, students will be qualified to apply to Minnesota Law Enforcement Agencies within the State of Minnesota.

Career Titles: 1. State Patrol Trooper 2. Police Officer 3. Sheriff’s Deputy 4. Corrections Officer 5. Probation Officer 6. Department of Natural Resources Enforcement Officer 4. Criminal Investigator 5. Crime Scene Technician 6. Parole Officer 7. School Resource Officer 8. Chief of Police 9. Sheriff

Advisory Board: Tina Theisen, Darnel Carlson, Bob Hartman, Harry Gottsch, Dawn Arenz, Lance Turcotte, Gae Davis, David Davis, Curt Pribnow, Andy Galles, Rick Koop, Dwight Reed, Mike Taylor, Corky McQuiston, James Exsted, Steve Sundstrom, Shari Turcotte



Gae Davis
Gae Davis is coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program. She has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Studies from St. Cloud State University. Previously, Davis has worked for Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, Mille Lacs Tribal Police and the Motley Police Department. She has been at CLC since January 2002. Email Gae for more information



Curtis Pribnow
Curtis Pribnow has worked more than 20 years in the patrol and investigation fields, and has been at CLC since Fall 2011.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement and a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling with a criminal justice emphasis from Minnesota State University-Mankato. Email Curtis for more information



Dave Davis
Dave Davis is a part-time instructor and serves as the director of Security at CLC. He is also a deputy with the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office. He is one of only 200 in the world to be a certified PPCT Defensive Tactics instructor trainer. He’s a certified NRA firearms instructor, DWI enforcement instructor and a Cooper Institute certified fitness specialist. Davis has a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Executive Leadership from St. Cloud State University. Email David for more information


Student Testimonials


Little Falls, MN – Current student
After a seven-year break, I came back to CLC for this program. All of the instructors help students achieve their educational goals and they care about each student’s success. Being vice president of the Sigma Delta Law Enforcement Club on campus, I get to travel to conferences across the country and network with other clubs and law enforcement officers/advisors.


Baxter, MN – Current student
This has been the first time I’ve experienced a school that I just cannot get enough of. Since joining this program, I have seen and experienced things that only dreams are made of. I am currently a corrections officer with the Crow Wing County Jail in under two years of college, entirely because of this program and faculty. I have traveled places with the Law Enforcement Club that I will never forget.Because of this CLC Criminal Justice program I am a better person. I will truly hold the faculty near and dear forever for what they have turned me into.


Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

Gainful Employment – Law Enforcement Skills