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Peace Officer/Public Safety Transfer Pathway

Transfer PathwayWhy study the Peace Officer/Public Safety Transfer Pathway Program at Riverland?

The Peace Officer/Public Safety Transfer Pathway AS offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Peace Officer/Public Safety bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.

Learn more about Riverland's Criminal Justice Program


    What will I study?
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Human Behavior/Stress Management/Ethics for Criminal Justice


Faculty Highlight

Rich WatkinsRich Watkins
Criminal Justice Instructor

I have twenty-nine years’ experience in law enforcement and I teach from a perspective of having done this job. From teaching officers to being involved in the hiring process affords me valuable knowledge that will assist the student not only in the classroom but to the hiring process as well. Connecting with students and instilling values and morals so they can learn the job in a viable and professional manner is crucial. Student engagement from lecture to hands on exercises is a critical component in learning this field. My goal, and the goal of this program, is not only to teach but to assist in every manner of helping the student become employed in their chosen field.

Al Shuda

Al Shuda
Criminal Justice Instructor

I have 27 years of law enforcement experience, as a police officer and correctional officer in Minnesota. I really enjoy teaching Riverland criminal justice students by using my law enforcement experience to provide additional information and experiences to supplement the course materials which gives the student a great overall perspective of what criminal justice is all about. I use the classroom environment along with hands-on training and real life experiences to be the best instructor that I can be.

Last Updated: June 26, 2023

    Quick Facts
  • Associate of Science
  • 68 Credits | 4 Semesters
  • Location: Austin
  • Offering: Fall Semester

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